This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Is the Pope About to Stick His Finger in Our Eye?

 
In responding to my post on the Pope’s visit, one of our leftist commenters challenged: "The whole thing (visit) is pretty unremarkable unless you want to bring politics into it to make a statement."

And, of course I want to bring politics in. This is a political blog for goodness sakes and if it were not politics, I would not be talking about it.

The Pope is known more today for his leftist political thought than he is for contributing to theological thought. (His major encyclical is on the environment) He is as much political as he is religious--maybe more so. So of course I am going to think political.

His coming to our country, inviting mostly Spanish people, divides us along language lines. The Pope has to know we are in an election mode. So he steps right into the middle of the most controversial political issue of our time.

It gets no more political than that!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Pope is coming to the US to canonize a Spanish saint, Junipero Serra. The presidential election is over a year away. If he makes a big deal about immigration when he comes here then that's something to talk about. Until then, your making a political mountain out of a theological molehill.

Democratus Rex said...

"..making a political mountain out of a theological molehill."

Nothing new there.

Democratus Rex said...

"..making a political mountain out of a theological molehill."

Nothing new about that.

Blogger said...

Rex is trying to trivialize what I write. I am not trivial.

Unlike most countries who have an ethnic identity, America exists only as an idea bound together by a common set of values and a common language.

Unfortunately those on the left through their naivete and their reckless arrogance threaten our very existence.

Blogger said...

Anonymous wrote "The Pope is coming to the US to canonize a Spanish saint, Junipero Serra."
Why not in Spain or in Rome which is traditional. No, the Pope is coming here to interfere in our politics. He is a left-wing Latin American cleric where many of the priests are Marxists. I know because I taught in a Jesuit university in Central America.

Anonymous said...

Blogger

What are our common values?

I always thought it was our desire for freedom, free speech, free press, religious freedom, voting rights, labor rights and justice.

What do Conservative consider their family values?

Anonymous said...

Blogger, with all due respect to your experience in Central America, you can't project what you experienced onto all priests in all of Latin America. I don't think it's at all correct to imply that Pope Francis is a Marxist.

As for Junipero Serra, he is famous for founding the missions of California so the idea to canonize him in the US is not strange or random.

I agree that the US is held together on some level by common values, less so about the common language. Of course English is the main language spoken in the US but it's always been a country where lots of languages are spoken. Spanish will likely go the same way German and Italian did after a couple of generations and those acting like it's some huge threat to our way of life are peddling fear.

Blogger said...

Anonymous you wrote " you can't project what you experienced onto all priests in all of Latin America. I don't think it's at all correct to imply that Pope Francis is a Marxist'" Anonymous, I keep pointing out to you that your tunnel vision gives you a comprehension problem when you read something from the Right. Example, I wrote" . "He is a left-wing Latin American cleric where many of the priests are Marxists." I did not say he is Marxist and I did not say all priests. If you are going to comment on this blog, learn how to read and learn how to be honest and fair. But at least thank you for the due respect of my time in Central America. I volunteered to go down there to help rebuild the psych department after the earthquake. Then I got caught in the revolution and had to come home.

Anonymous said...

Blogger, I am a careful reader. You did not say the Pope was a Marxist. However, you did imply it, which is what I said. And you swept all of Latin America up in your statement. I continue to think that your view of this Pope is colored by politics, while he is a spiritual leader focused on leading the church and helping people and not on politics. There's nothing dishonest or unfair about what I've said.