Two macabre images come together

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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  1. Joe says:

    Floyd will be up for sainthood along with Judas and Luther.

  2. Dan says:

    @Joe I heard Francis has already opened his own cause eliminating the previous requirement of death because it is not pastoral toward the living and he has already met the requirement of having been a pope installed after Vatican II anyway.

  3. ReginaO says:

    Fencing mask? The square is odd though.

  4. JMody says:

    Picture a balding, toothless Body walking with two canes, quaking and shivering at every step:
    “Sonny, back in my day, ‘IS THE POPE CATHOLIC?’ was a rhetorical device! Now, get outta the way, you young whippersnappers …”

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    Caudillo Jorge Bergoglio from atop his Pachamama dung heap flings an anti-gospel of hatred and violence, supporting a racist and Marxist mob while opposing faithful Christian clergy, religious and families.

    “Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” – Isaiah 5:20.

    Last summer’s rioters (Marxist and racist BLM, Antifa, anarchists, Maoists, Satanists and occultists) murdered Capt. David Dorn and several dozen more, destroyed or damaged thousands of buildings, vandalized a children’s hospital with sick children inside while screaming “reparations,” prostitute Kamala Harris screeched: “everyone beware because they’re not going to stop and they should not,” tore down statues of Fr. Junipero Serra, attacked Catholic churches, insurrected inside the Oklahoma State Capitol against Republican lawmakers legislating to protect drivers fleeing from rioters and police officers from doxxing, and committed many more thuggish assaults.

    Well, this “Good Samaritan” agit-prop is proselytizing on behalf of the mob. The caudillo and his henchmen clearly have a rage problem and are addicted, as we have seen the last few years, to militant Leftist politics. The occupants of the Pachamama Vatican show more reverence for a child-sacrifice idol and Chinese Communism than Holy Mass and faithful families, clergy and religious.

    Caudillo Bergoglio recently stated he is offended by St. Paul, which also means he is offended by God. For his own good he should repent and accept the Good News of Jesus Christ.

    As Acts 19 opens Paul is in Ephesus.

    “Now at that time there arose no small disturbance about the way of the Lord. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver temples for Diana, brought no small gain to the craftsmen; whom he calling together, with the workmen of like occupation, said: ‘Sirs, you know that our gain is by this trade;
    and you see and hear, that this Paul by persuasion hath drawn away a great multitude, not only of Ephesus, but almost of all Asia, saying: They are not gods which are made by hands. So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought, but also the temple of great Diana shall be reputed for nothing; yea, and her majesty shall begin to be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.’ Having heard these things, they were full of anger, and cried out, saying: ‘Great is Diana of the Ephesians.’ And the whole city was filled with confusion…

    “[the town clerk:] ‘But if Demetrius and the craftsmen that are with him, have a matter against any man, the courts of justice are open, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another. And if you inquire after any other matter, it may be decided in a lawful assembly.'”

  6. Hugh says:

    “Eamus, Francisce!” (“Let’s go, Francis!”)

    That’s all I can say, with all due respect, and prayers, every day, for HH’s conversion. We’re in deep doodoo, both within the Church and without. But the Church is the salvation of the world, so it’s up to us to get ourselves fixed up now, and then the healing of the world will follow. Omitted, shallows and miseries.

    Motus in fine velocior. (The movement accelerates towards the end.)

    Buckle down with prayer and fasting. This is going to be a helluva ride.

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  8. Steve48 says:

    I often hear the question is the Pope a heretic. But concerning the actions he takes and the beliefs he professes John 8-42 to 47 comes to mind.
    In 2009 I remember being in RCIA and being taught that the Pope cannot teach error in faith and morals. But that is not true. What else was I taught that is not true?

  9. pscruz says:

    Let’s not forget the mother in Indiana who was murdered by the “Good Samaritans” because she said:

    “All lives matter”……..This is exactly what God would say.

    From her photo it appears she had a daughter about 2 years-old. I am comforted by Our Blessed Lord’s words “Be not afraid of those who can kill the body, after which they can do nothing”.

  10. pcg says:

    More and more, in all seriousness, I find myself asking if Pope Francis is mentally sound?

  11. The Egyptian says:

    my prot friends look at me and all i can say is”he’s nuts”

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