Pope Francis Disappoints Me!!!


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The Pope disappoints me.

As a Protestant the Pope is in one sense inconsequential to me, but as he is the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, he wields amazing influence. When Pope Francis was elected after the historically rare resignation of Pope Benedict, I was really impressed with his humility and his passion for the poor, the disempowered and the voiceless.  I was also impressed with his rejection of the trappings of the Papal office like the special Papal Chair, Papal Residency and even the Papal red shoes. (See Pics).

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But he seems to have lost his way. In Pope Francis’ address to the Congress of the United States and the United Nations this last week there is literally a plethora of issues that he could have made priority: Here is a few that I am sure he would have mentioned:

1) Gun control in the US. Figures from several years ago: guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings.  This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour. In the same year, 73,505 Americans were treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot wounds.

2) Abortion: 40 million Americans have been killed since the decision of Roe vs Wade legalized the killing of babies in the US. Catholics are traditionally opponents of abortion and the Pope could have put pressure on Congress to address this incredible injustice

3) The Syrian refugee crisis consuming Europe at the moment. Or the fact that 27,000 people have drowned in the Mediterranean in the last 15 years as they sought the apparent safety of European countries.

4) He could have talked about his desire to meet with the victims of Clergy abuse of children and his abhorrence at the systemic cover up.

5) The level of homelessness in the US and the fact that the lack of a welfare safety net leads to many having to resort to begging on the streets for food.

6) The mistreatment of women around the world, including Female Genital Mutilation, Honor Killings, Dowry Killings and Domestic Violence Killings.

7) The mistreatment of minority religious groups around the world.

8) ISIS

9) Global Muslim Extremism

10) The failure of US foreign policy that has caused America to be hated around the world.

So which of the world’s issues did the Pope feel was one of the major things that needs the attention of America or the United Nations?

I quote the Washington Post:

“The pontiff reaffirmed that we are in a time of crisis: The moment to act on climate change is now,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) “Without aggressive policies to take on what he described as ‘environmental deterioration caused by human activity,’ the health and safety of millions around the world is at risk.”

(This week scientists announced in London that they have measured 33% more ice on the Arctic ice caps than in 2013.)

Second issue that the Pope felt was super important: The abolition of the Death Penalty. In 2013 the US executed 38 people……so no mention of the 27,000 people drowning in the Mediterranean.

The Pope did mention war. He lamented war as “a dramatic assault on the environment.”

There were other topics that he addressed but not really any of the above and certainly they weren’t the ones that caught the attention of the world’s media. The Pope had an amazingly influential audience but I can’t help but think he crafted his speech to tickle the ears of his hosts. After all the Obama administration spends approximately $90 billion a year on climate change.

So Mr Pope. I am disappointed. Being a voice for the poor and disempowered isn’t always popular when speaking to the rich and powerful

Climate Change is not the world’s biggest issue right now.

That’s what I think anyway.



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19 replies

  1. Human suffering is the biggest problem

  2. So gun control is the number 1 issue facing the world ? Or is that list in no particular order.

  3. Totally agree with the writer

  4. Let the man alone. Take the log out of your own eye.

  5. Hi Peter, I would argue that your opening sentence is wrong, unless you take the line that those in leadership generally are inconsequential, or that the RC Church is not part of the Christian Church. Simply because you and I are not RC does not make him inconsequential. Secondly I think your assessment is based on inadequate data. I have heard some of the speech he made to the joint houses of congress and he covered a number of the issues you have raised in the clips I heard. The only way to fully respond is with the text of what he said in both Congress and the UN.

  6. I must say I agree with you 100% Peter Pilt . Brings to mind an old saying All talk no Action … Do I care if His Shoes are Red or Black or what he eats or wears … No Way ! Give the money the Vatican has in abundance & give to the poor , hungry & homeless . Bless you Pete ! Should we call you Cardinal or Bishop !!!!!

  7. Seriously? Post after Post. “Pope disappointed me”, “Pope angered me”, “Pope didn’t say what I wanted him to say”, “Pope didn’t go far enough”.

    Ok fine. When you are Pope, then you say what you think what a Pope should say.

    In the meantime, use your own tongue to make a better world not a world where you run down a leader who is doing a job in the best way he knows how.

    How about you pray for him and support him instead of crucifying him. Oh wait, that is what we did to the last bloke who challenged our image of religion.

  8. Every single one of your top 10 list only affects a certain part of the world and human society. Climate change – whether it be Global Warming or Global Cooling – affects every single person in the world, as well as all living creatures. Looking at it that way, it’s a no-brainer. Say nothing, and the world we live in will not exist in 100 years time….

  9. Every single one of your top 10 list only affects a certain part of the world and human society. Climate change – whether it be Global Warming or Global Cooling – affects every single person in the world, as well as all living creatures. Looking at it that way, it’s a no-brainer. Say nothing, and the world we live in will not exist in 100 years time….

  10. Just curious. what issues have any of the Popes raised in the past, which have been noted and addressed? I’m not speaking against the article, but if he has so much influence, surely there must be a constant flow of problems where the western world has rallied together to change, to which anyone can easily point to. This would justify any complaints or opinions regarding the Popes actions.

    • Good Question. Had a bit of think about this and nothing sprung to mind, but this Pope could be different. I actually do like this Pope and his humility. I think the world is in need a compassionate leadership and whilst past influence maybe a little limited hopefully that doesn’t stop this Pope trying to influence the world’s super powers for good.

      • The points you raised are good ones which should at least be admitted to as being problems by the Governments concerned…..but I wonder if the Pope did address any of them, would he be seen as condemning the Governments for lack of action rather than encouraging them to act accordingly. PS have you thought about converting and preparing to be “Poped”?

      • Ha Ha. No to Poped. Think I will stick with my Protestant version of faith. And yes he could have come across as condemning.

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