Pope Francis often forgets that he is first and foremost a priest.
As the head of the Catholic Church, Francis mistakes social justice advocacy for religious liturgy and ritual. Instead of tending to his wayward flock, this pope meets with the Castro regime.
Suffice to say, Pope Francis is no Pope John Paul II.
Here are the top 5 leftist things the pope has said:
1. Pope Francis endorses wealth redistribution.
When Pope Francis made his way to the United States and addressed a joint session of Congress, he postured as a politician, rather than a pope. Putting aside Catholic doctrine, American history, and the realities of globalization for the sake of New Age-sounding jargon, Pope Francis teetered awfully close to Marxism.
As The Daily Wire’s James Barrett reported, “The Pope really began to strike the progressive chords when he called for the redistribution of wealth in the name of generosity and the ‘greatest common good’:
We are asked to summon the courage and the intelligence to resolve today’s many geopolitical and economic crises. Even in the developed world, the effects of unjust structures and actions are all too apparent. Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples. We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good. [...]
If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance. Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life. I do not underestimate the difficulty that this involves, but I encourage you in this effort.
2. Pope Francis propagates global-warming fear-mongering.
It appears as though Pope Francis fancies himself as a climate change expert. In speech after speech, Francis preached fire and brimstone, warning human society of the consequences of anthropogenic global warming. The College of Cardinals certainly did not have this in mind when they elected Francis as pontiff.
As James Barrett reported, “Another topic on which Francis aligns with President Obama's political agenda is climate change. Praising Obama for his work on reducing air pollution, Francis once again warned of the dangers of global warming, even figuring out a way to work Martin Luther King into the conversation."
‘Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation," he said in his statement. "When it comes to the care of our 'common home,' we are living at a critical moment of history. We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about 'a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change' ( Laudato Si’, 13). Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of world we may be leaving to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them. Our common home has been part of this group of the excluded which cries out to heaven and which today powerfully strikes our homes, our cities and our societies. To use a telling phrase of the Reverend Martin Luther King, we can say that we have defaulted on a promissory note and now is the time to honor it.’
3. Pope Francis supports open-border amnesty.
In a ceremonial address at the White House, Francis cited the persecution of Native Americans as a wholesale justification of welcoming immigrants, both illegal and legal, into the country:
In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants. Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected. For those peoples and their nations, from the heart of American democracy, I wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation. Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present. Nonetheless, when the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbors” and everything around us. Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity, in a constant effort to do our best. I am confident that we can do this.
As Barrett reported, Francis referenced the “Golden Rule,” urging “Congress not to be ‘taken aback’ by the numbers of migrants seeking to enter our country just because it ‘proves troublesome’":
Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
4. Pope Francis embraces homosexuals and distances himself from Christians fighting for religious liberties.
“The religion of Pope Francis is leftism, not Catholicism,” asserted The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro. In one line, Shapiro captured Francis’ disservice to the Church. In fact, Francis has been moving away from Catholicism’s central tenet--traditional marriage. The pope was so adamant about maintaining his persona of Leftist “inclusionary” identity politics that he shunned Kim Davis, the Christian that became the face of the struggle for American religious liberty. As Shapiro reported, "The Vatican released a statement disowning the Pope’s meeting with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Davis, you’ll recall, refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses after the Supreme Court declared itself God and redefined marriage; she said that to do so would violate her Biblical beliefs.”
Poignantly, Shapiro further observed, “So the Pope can meet with Fidel Castro, victimizer of millions and persecutor of Christians; he can meet with President Obama and watch silently as Obama lies over and over about his supposed commitment to religious freedom. But if the Pope meets with an actual religious objector, the Vatican has to be crystal clear: he’s not on her side.”
5. Pope Francis trashes the West and embraces Muslims.
“Pope Francis, like Barack Obama, likes appeasing enemies of the West while boasting a pretty extensive politically left-leaning rap-sheet, as evidenced by his loving embrace of Muslims in Africa,” noted The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo. “Francis, a huge climate change enthusiast who has been extremely critical of capitalism, Western values and the United States’ ‘greed,’ took the time to blame Western nations for poverty in Africa.”
The pope’s self-loathing performance was on display when he visited the Islamic-controlled African heartland. “The hyper-critical-of-the-West Pope traveled to a non-Western nation for the first time since his papacy began; he was greeted with boos and chants of ‘Allahu Akbar,’ loosely translated to 'Allah is the greatest,’” reported Prestigiacomo. “These non-Western tolerant Muslims apparently didn’t get the memo that Pope Francis is on their side.”