On the 8th July,the Bolivian President one Evo Morales was received by the Holy Father and in the course of the Audience presented the Holy Father with an object in the shape of the Communist Hammer and Sickle upon which was mounted a Corpus from a crucifix:
|PRESIDENT MORALES MAKES PRESENTATION TO SMILING POPE FRANCIS|
|PRESIDENT MORALES MAKES PRESENTATION TO POPE UNSMILING POPE|
In a later comment , the Holy Father went on to explain:
It should be noted that the Priest /Marxist/Designer Father Espinal had been assassinated years ago. Further , whilst the pictures above could be used to show the Holy Father's approval or alternatively, his disapproval, his words are unequivocal : he approves of the present and the "Honour".
It is hard to understand how the Holy Father could so greatly be at variance with the general Catholic population - and even the non-Catholic population in this matter. The object is instinctively recognised as being sacrilegious combining the representation of Our Crucified Lord on the atheistic Communist symbol which is identified with the deaths and torture and persecution of so many faithful millions of Christians, Yet his thinking as he presents it in the aircraft interview is blissfully unaware of this logic, but rather, is pre-occupied in the Marxist thinking of his Jesuit brother Father Espinal. It seems impossible to go further faithfully.
The following day, in the course of an address to The World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz (ironically "Holy Cross") the Holy Father spoke with great vigour and heavy emphasis against Capitalism. Here is what he said :
" The earth, entire peoples and individual persons are being brutally punished. And behind all this pain, death and destruction there is the stench of what Basil of Caesarea called “the dung of the devil”. An unfettered pursuit of money rules. The service of the common good is left behind. Once capital becomes an idol and guides people’s decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity, it sets people against one another and, as we clearly see, it even puts at risk our common home.
A few very artful defenders of the Holy Father were quick to try to counter the media coverage of the address. The media for once got it right -they reported that the Holy Father had likened Capitalism to the "dung of the Devil". The defenders said "Ah! But he didn't literally say that, he was criticising greed....." Their effort was in vain - it is crystal clear that the Holy Father was damning capital (thus capitalism) for almost every woe under the Sun, and thus definitely attaching the " dung of the Devil" to the system : Capitalism.
It is pointless to endeavour to logically deal with this statement, for it is bereft of logic itself. It is in fact a denunciatry harangue made for effect on simple souls pre-disposed by political persuasion to lap it up. It has no need of logic, or rather, logic would obstruct its delivery.
We have not been accustomed to this type of rabble-rousing from Popes or most Prelates ( the Holy Father's protege Cardinal Maradiaga is an exception).
Perhaps further reflection might have alerted the Holy Father to the fact that it is Capitalism that employs most of the people in the world, that produces 90% of the wealth in the world that makes possible government processes, economic health, the employment of the "masses" the Marxists like to talk about,aid to the poor and the suffering and the development of new medicines and relief to those in need. We might think it more appropriate to apply Basil of Caesarea's epithet to the alternative : for it is truly Socialism and Communism that are and have been the "dung of the Devil" truly enslaving, burdening , killing by the millions the "masses" and at the same time attacking God and religion.And all the while Socialism and Communism , so successful in fermenting unjust wars, have failed dismally in economic terms . Indeed the only way Communist China has continued has been through its pragmatic adoption of Capitalism to finance development and growth.
It has not been so long that one would never have found it necessary to write about Papal statements in such a way.We need to pray for the Holy Father.