For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
~ I Peter 2:21-25
That passage from the Elder Peter (circa 60 AD) charged by Christ himself to build his church on petros (the rock) and (prior to his ascension into glory) admonishing him three times to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep; feed my sheep” and to “follow thou me” (John 21:15-22) is a clear indication from the anointed first human leader of the Church of Christ that though he might be the petros the rock and Peter the father (or, more familiarly, “Papa, the Pope”) Jesus Christ was still above all and all.
Which is my intro into the events of this past week, where we have had the privilege of a Papal visit to the United States, during which time several events were orchestrated, in an effort to impress and uphold the tenets of one form of religion or another upon We The People of America and the world. If one truly believes the content of Peter’s assertion that Christ is indeed above all and all, one would be stretching at limits upon limits to see any evidence of that same belief in what unfolded over these past four days.
Which is why I was more than happy to come across a short, curt, and heartfelt commentary from a devout Catholic devotee, who expressed his own take upon the outcome of the visit. Personally, I felt in my heart of hearts that the Pontiff could have done himself, his church, his congregation, and the waiting world a greater service by addressing much more serious issues than the sham of global warming, capitalism, and illegal immigration. Were We The People to bring in ALL “refugees” from ALL of the planet’s hellholes, it would do nothing to improve the hellholes. It actually makes it worse for those unfortunate souls who are either unwilling, or unable to abandon their ancestral home. The Pope was loathe to call out the evil by its name and it was a missed opportunity of historic proportions, particularly by being addressed to the entire Middle East.
Some 35 years ago, I witnessed Karol Józef Wojtyła, aka John Paul II, go to his native Poland, face down the Soviet Union and set in motion a process that changed the world. As I watched the current Pope before Congress yesterday, the gulf between great men and good (even the tragically flawed men and women he was addressing) became achingly obvious.There was however, no question that Boehner was moved by the Pope, and cried on cue; now Boehner is moving on from Congress – Coincidence? God moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perfom. That alone was worth the Pope’s visit!
Now on to the piece from author Danusha V. Goska in FrontPageMagazine titled, “You Said You Wanted A Dialogue: Here’s My Contribution” …
Dear Holy Father.
You said you wanted a dialogue. Here’s my contribution.
You demonize capitalism and capitalists.
You don’t speak up as emphatically as you could for the unique benefit of Judeo-Christian, Western Civilization.
You don’t speak up as emphatically as you could for the Christians and other minorities suffering from a cultural and biological genocide in the Muslim world right now, not to mention the obscene atrocities committed against these folk, atrocities I will not, out of delicacy’s sake, spell out to you, but of which you should be aware.
You then go on to insist, to a captive audience, the US Congress, that American and European capitalists, beneficiaries of the fruits of Western, Judeo-Christian Civilization, tear down their borders and take in uncounted migrants — you instruct us to ignore the numbers — whose entry will, of course, irrevocably alter the civilization they enter — by their own demand. Thus changing the fruitful lands they enter into carbon copies of the lands from which they have run.
How, Holy Father, is this ethical? It sounds very sweet, in your obviously elderly, very gentle, very accented voice. But how is it ethical?
Holy Father, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that every last person in Syria and Afghanistan would leave Syria and Afghanistan if they could.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to ask why that might be.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to ask, “Why can’t the residents of Syria and Afghanistan address what is so immensely and grotesquely f—ed up (forgive me but that really is the only word) about their homelands that every last person in Syria and Afghanistan wants to leave Syria and Afghanistan and runs, trips, hitchhikes, swims, boats, and crawls through numerous Muslim countries en route in order to get to Western Europe.
I mean, Holy Father, come on. Just, come on, man, come on.
I don’t care how holy you are. Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.
Signed, Danusha Goska, devout Catholic
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