Damian Thompson is one of those writers who reminds me of Hamlet’s advice to Polonius: “After your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.”
Lately, at The Spectator, he offered some views on Francis in no uncertain terms. “Is The Pope a Protestant?” Pretty rough assesment.
Today I saw a tweet from Damiam that left me completely puzzled. Perhaps you, also.
Pope Francis sends pastoral message to Latin Mass Catholics… pic.twitter.com/HLekjbpRW3
— Damian Thompson (@holysmoke) October 18, 2021
An unhappy Damian. Brrrrr.
Francis recently sent a long message to something called World Meeting Of Popular Movements. Yes, that’s a thing. When I saw the groups title I instantly thought of the international Comintern World Congresses once held in the Soviet Union.
I’ll get to what the mask thing is about at the end. It puzzled me too, but I hunted it down.
In the meantime…
I googled “World Meeting Of Popular Movements” and followed some links. You can find some really intereesting things by doing that. http://popularmovements.org/
The “About” page tells you who they were involved with in 2017:
The Organizing Committee for the Modesto meeting has included representatives from the following groups:
- Direct Action & Research Training Center
- Gamaliel Foundation
- Homeboy Industries
- Interfaith Worker Justice
- Jesuit Ministries of the Jesuit Conference of Canada & the United States
- National Domestic Workers Alliance
- PICO National Network
- Service Employees International Union
- U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Let’s look at just one. And not the Jesuits.
PICO is now called Faith In Action – leftist groups often morph and change names to keep people from making connections easily. This group grew out of Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation. They receive funding from the Ford Foundation. They get funding from the Open Areas Foundation (= George Soros). They lobby for full citzenship for illegal aliens and universal healthcare.
In his message to the Meeting of Popular Movements, HERE, Francis made a startling comparison.
Pope Francis says that the protests following the killing of #GeorgeFloyd had the spirit of the Good Samaritan.
“This movement did not pass by on the other side of the road when it saw the injury to human dignity caused by an abuse of power.” pic.twitter.com/84nfB4R2vD
— Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) October 16, 2021
Look at that again.
The “spirit” of the Good Samaritan – you know the parable – is likened to the protests following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
I grew up in S. Minneapolis in the area where the “spirit of the Good Samaritan” burned and looted.
Francis likened the “spirit” of the Good Samaritan to the protests following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis!
Eccles – with typical brilliance – put it this way. HERE
It seems that this well-known parable did not turn out exactly as reported by St Luke, and – like the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer and other Biblical errors – it required updating. Count your blessings that this was done by papal decree, and not another synod!
It seems that, after delivering the mugging victim to the inn, and binding up his wounds, Sam [the Good Samaritan] reacted in the only proper way. He embarked on a campaign of violence, setting fire to buildings, attacking random people who had nothing to do with the muggers, looting shoe shops (medieval paintings often show the Good Samaritan dressed in a pair of brand new Adidas trainers), and generally harassing anyone who got in his way.
Here is a bit more of Francis’ text.
Do you know what comes to mind now when, together with popular movements, I think of the Good Samaritan? Do you know what comes to mind? The protests over the death of George Floyd. It is clear that this type of reaction against social, racial or macho injustice can be manipulated or exploited by political machinations or whatever, but the main thing is that, in that protest against this death, there was the Collective Samaritan who is no fool! This movement did not pass by on the other side of the road when it saw the injury to human dignity caused by an abuse of power. The popular movements are not only social poets but also collective Samaritans.
The Collective Samaritan.
I’m reminded of something in the Screwtape Letters that I can’t put my finger on. I believe at one point Screwtape tells his pupil to get his “patient” interested in the poor in general rather than let him get interested in helping this poor man right in front of him. I recall something from Screwtape’s “toast” speech also something about how Hell manipulated the collective in the 20th c. May you all can find what I mean.
As far as that image that Damian posted – he was riffing on the message sent to the “World Meeting Of Popular Movements” – it took a while for me to hunt it down.
It is from a Netflix Sci-Fi dystopian series out of Korea, in which masked figure have different symbols on their masks to designate their roles. The square means hierarchy. I have not seen the series, which in English is called “Squid Game”.