Caution, the “Pope” is on the loose!
On some recent “Papal” Images…
In terms of his personal comportment, “Pope” Francis has raised not a few eyebrows since he began to grace the world with his illegitimate presence on the Chair of St. Peter over four years ago. Whether it be the hand-holding with a homo-activist “priest”, the wearing of a rainbow-colored wristband, or his visual delight in receiving a copy of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, chances are that if Francis is around, there will be something objectionable, disturbing, or odd to photograph.
Just the last eight days have produced at least two images worthy of particular dishonorable mention.
The first of these was taken at his General Audience on August 2, 2017, of which we present the relevant cropped portion:
image credit: Osservatore Romano / Vatican Media (cropped)
No, this picture wasn’t photoshopped. In fact, you can verify its authenticity yourself by pulling up the full image from its original Vatican web site location: click here.
That was last Wednesday. Today, there was another general audience, which means another opportunity for Francis to, well, be himself:
The source for this image is the video feed provided by the Vatican TV station, Centro Televisivo Vaticano (CTV), beginning at the 1 min 47 sec mark.
These images obviously speak for themselves.
Francis loves to kiss, so much so that he has made it part of his own (invalid) administration of the sacrament of confirmation. It is surely a complete coincidence that one of his ghostwriters and favorite theologians is the Argentinian “Archbishop” Victor Manuel Fernandez, who in 1995 published the book Heal Me With Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing. You can’t make this stuff up.
Francis also loves to touch everybody — usually in lieu of giving a blessing — as though special powers or graces emanated from him. And the people, sad to say, act as though He were the Messiah Himself: “And whithersoever he entered, into towns or into villages or cities, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch but the hem of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole” (Mk 6:56). In like manner Francis touches everybody, except that he heals no one. But the people don’t care — the thrill is all that counts.
If Francis’ job is to make the world despise and disrespect the Papacy because the “Pope” despises and disrespects the office himself, then he is surely successful. By the time Francis is done with his wreckovations, the world will look upon (what in their minds is) the Papacy as nothing but an indecent comedy shtick. Even now already, any sentence beginning with “The Pope said…” is bound to trigger grimaces, laughter, or horror in people’s faces.
Francis is very good at his job. The mistake is to think that his job is being the Vicar of Christ — it is not.
Although he surely is somebody‘s vicar.
Image sources: Vatican Media (cropped) / youtube.com (screenshot)
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