Pope Francis Is No John Paul II
He’s quite the opposite, actually.
From the AP, Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein reporting, we learn [emphasis mine]:
Pope Francis plans to meet with Cuba’s president and its priests, its young and its sick, its churchgoers and its seminarians as he travels around the island starting Saturday. But not its dissidents.
The absence on Francis’ agenda of any meeting with the political opposition has sparked bitter critiques from dissidents who say they feel let down by an institution they believe should help push for greater freedom in Cuba.
“He should exert more pressure,” said Antonio Rodiles, head of the hardline group Estado de SATS. “In many cases political systems have come under international pressure that has resulted in change, and that’s what needs to be happen with Cuba.”
Papal observers say it’s likely Francis will speak strongly to Cubans about the need for greater freedom in their country and may speak to President Raul Castro in private about the same topic. But in shying from meetings with dissidents, the pope is hewing largely to the Cuban Catholic Church’s strategy of advocating for change within bounds laid out by the communist state rather than pushing the system to change as John Paul II did in Eastern Europe. There is no one Cuban officials consider more out of bounds than the country’s dissidents, whom they call mercenaries paid by the U.S. government and Cuban-American interest groups in Miami.
That’s a strategy that worked sooo well for The Church before Saint John Paul The Great came along and sooo well for the Russian Orthodox Church. /sarc
More [emphasis mine]:
The pope “will be well aware that his not meeting dissidents will be construed in some quarters as kowtowing to the regime but he won’t care about that,” said Austen Ivereigh, author of “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope.”
Francis has a close relationship with Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the archbishop of Havana who has overseen the church’s relationship with the Cuban state since 1981. Ortega has been fiercely criticized by dissidents in Cuba and anti-Castro forces in Miami for not confronting the government as the church has done in other places around the world.
Despite the assertions of rights groups that there are still dozens of political prisoners in Cuba, Ortega told reporters in June he wasn’t aware of any, saying: “It’s really difficult to interpret who’s a political prisoner.” [BOB: Is he related to Daniel?]
The next month, a dissident tried to deliver a list of political prisoners to Ortega during a July 4 party at the residence of the top U.S. diplomat in Havana. The cardinal refused to accept it, telling reporters it wasn’t the appropriate forum. The dissident said Ortega threatened to call security and have him thrown out.
Of course. Refusing to acknowledge Reality, propping-up Totalitarian Regimes — that’s the Left. It’s who they are; it’s what they do.
More and more it is becoming apparent that Pope Francis is a Leftist, someone committed to an Ideology that seeks, ultimately, to destroy the Roman Catholic Church and everything it stands for.
The Church is one of the foundational pillars of The West and must be preserved if Western Civilization is to survive.
Pope Francis and his minions within The Vatican seemed determined to drown The Catholic Church in an acid bath of Liberation Theology.
In answer to the no-longer-simply-a-cliche question ‘Is The Pope Catholic?’, one has to, sadly, now to reply with a resounding ‘No!’.