Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If you #StandWithPP, you are standing against Pope Francis.

It has been depressing to see my timelines turn from celebrations of Pope Francis to defenses of an organization that does not deny and refuses to get out of the business of dismembering unborn children.

Contrary to what you may have read, the religious leader we have been welcoming the bast week is not a partisan Democrat, and advances some positions that challenge the left as well as the right.

This is apparent if you read Laudato Si, Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment.

As one would expect, the encyclical presents a direct challenge to our aberrantly feeble response to climate change and environmental stewardship in particular.

But it is more than that -- it is a challenge to our basic relationship with Creation, and with each other, particularly the poor and vulnerable.  That Creation isn't something we are entitled to exploit as we see fit, but something we are called to care for and pass on to future generations. There are things that will make all of us squirm, not just those who oppose environmental restrictions.

I can think of few better examples of the mindset that Pope Francis is confronting than killing unborn children, and harvesting their organs for our own use.

It is no less hypocritical to celebrate Pope Francis, and the #StandWithPP, then it would be to celebrate him, and then support restrictions on immigration, or oppose environmental restrictions.
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