There is a lot of energy swirling around and about the Holy Father’s visit to Cuba and, soon, to these United States. I’ve already heard MSM hype about how Francis is the pretty much the first Pope who has ever smiled or kiss a baby. As a matter of fact, he is the first Pope who has ever thought about poor or who has been nice. He is the most wonderfulest fluffiest Pope ehvur. He’s not like mean old Benedict! He was harsh and Francis is humble!
This is going to get really tiresome.
Meanwhile, not everything is “Rah! Rah! Francis!”, even in the MSM. It is good to know what they are saying as well.
First, check out George Will at WaPo. All I can say is brutal. His piece seems to be a preemptive strike not just against Francis and what he might say to Congress and to the UN about environmentalism and capitalism, but against the lib dems who will try to coopt Francis for cynical political reasons. The libs will accuse Will of shilling for the GOP, but I don’t think that that is what he is doing.
Pope Francis’ fact-free flamboyance
Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert’s indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary. They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak — if his policy prescriptions were not as implausible as his social diagnoses are shrill.
Pretty rough stuff.
We don’t, by the way, have to accept Will’s simplification of the science and Gallileo issue or about medieval economies.
Next comes something from the Weekly Standard by Jonathan V. Last.
Pope Francis: Menace or Farce?
Back in 1999, The Weekly Standard ran one of my favorite cover lines ever: The New Europe: Menace or Farce? I often think of that question when I watch Pope Francis.
It’s only been two and a half years since Francis assumed the chair of St. Peter, yet he’s already compiled an entire dossier’s worth of . . . interesting . . . incidents.
For instance, the Holy Father seems to have a habit of appearing to endorse all sorts of left-wing political causes. There was the time he posed with environmental activists holding an anti-fracking T-shirt. And the time he posed for pictures holding a crucifix made from a hammer and a sickle. And the time he held up a poster calling for the British to hand the Falkland Islands back to Argentina. In each instance, the official Vatican response has been to suggest that Francis didn’t mean to endorse anything because he’ll pretty much smile and pick up anything you hand him, like some sort of consecrated Ron Burgundy.
While this piece also indicts the Pope’s handlers, the bucks land on the Pontiff’s desk.
Anyway… it is good to know what else is going on, apart from the cloying sweet stuff.
The moderation queue is definitely ON.