Pope Francis has offered his unequivocal support to grassroots organisers and activists who are fighting for social justice, migrants, and environmentalism, saying he “reaffirms” their choice to fight against tyranny amid a “gutting of democracies”.
“As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at this moment. It is a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanisation which would then be hard to reverse,” the pontiff wrote in a letter that was read to organisers this week.
The remarks can be viewed as a clear endorsement by the Argentinian pope of resistance against populist and xenophobic political movements. While he did not name Donald Trump, and stressed his remarks were not targeted at any individual politician, the letter, read at the opening of the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, California, seem to speak directly to protests against the Republican president. ...
Questions for Pope Francis regarding his letter to the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements, Modesto, CA:
(1) How can it be that when a majority of voting citizens, in poll after poll, for decade after decade, want border enforcement, but are smirkingly ignored by both major parties, it apparently constitutes democracy, while, on the other hand, after finally managing to democratically elect a leader who promises to enforce border law, that is judged to be "gutting Democracy"?
(2) How can a Pope who continually claims to represent peace and justice seem to support the terrorizing of average citizens by the frequently violent, often paid-for 'social justice warriors,' whose humane handiwork we have all recently witnessed in Berkeley and DC?
(3) Why is restricting the freedom of mass migrations being condemned as "xenophobic" only when it come to Western nations, while almost no one objects to all other nations in the world, whether it be Mexico, Japan, China or Saudi Arabia, routinely enforcing strict border laws as an unquestioned requirement for sane national sovereignty?
(4) How do we "defend our Sister Earth" by keeping the US and all Western nations on a course of infinitely redoubling our population numbers by serving as a spillway and floodplain for 'welcoming' ever mushrooming third world overpopulation numbers, as we Westerners relentlessly become an ever smaller demographic in our home nations, and will, at best, become progressively assimilated into the third world and its institutions, values and practices, including those environmental?
(5) If protective "walls" are evil, what's up with the thousands of rooms in the Vatican Palace needing to be protected by a mega-wall over 30-feet tall?