Bob Enyart takes a second crack at presenting our online list at kgov.com/pope about Francis. It's tough material to get through...
* The BEL Pope List at KGOV.com: Many of Bob Enyart's most popular radio programs and articles consist of the lists that we maintain online here at KGOV.com. Pope Francis' answer last week when asked whether he ever doubts God's existence led to the latest in his own long list of sinful deeds and comments. This then prompted our own Pope List, as here at kgov.com/pope. Over decades of broadcasting, we've noticed 1) Papal defenders claiming a "mistranslation" of the Pope's comments, and 2) as the Catholic Church adopted increasingly humanist, left-wing, and pro-homosexual ideology, that the most conservative Catholics would criticize the Vatican but defend the Pope. No longer. Many conservative Catholics are now recognizing Francis' own immorality, and very few would make the absurd claim that any of the items in our Pope List result from any mistranslation. For surely, one of the most horrific items in this list, the first, utterly condemns him:
- The first assignment that he gave to the teenage boys in his class in Argentina in 1964 was to read the writing of an openly homosexual author, and one of the boys in that class grew up to become one of Francis' many homosexual defenders. To BEL's knowledge, Francis has never repented from this very public sin. Sadly, it's not that Francis became the pope in spite of, but because of, his fondness for homosexuals.
- There is no such thing as Islamic terrorism he said, but global warming is real.
- The Pope called his favorite abortionist, Emma Bonino, a "forgotten great", though she's spent decades promoting child killing, homosexuality, public nudism (of all things), pornography, the decriminalization of recreational drugs, no-fault divorce, transgenderism.
- The Vatican in June 2017 sided with the hospital and courts turning off life support for little Charlie Gard even though his parents had raised the needed funds to bring their son to America for desperately needed medical treatment. Britain's Supreme Court, with the agreement of the European Union's Court of Human Rights refused to allow the parents to bring their son to the U.S. for treatment, and is keeping him, against their wishes, in the hospital determined to see him die. Pope Francis through his morally-compromised "Pontifical Academy for Life" issued a statement agreeing with the courts. "We must… avoid aggressive medical procedures that are disproportionate to any expected results..." Must? Really?
- Catholic group decries Pope Francis' refusal to oppose Planned Parenthood, his dismantling of the anti-abortion Academy of Life (but not because it wasn't anti-abortion enough), and he has done nothing to reverse the Catholic Church's support for politicians with "exceptions" (that is, who support the intentional killing of some innocent people) and as that immorality infects the whole church, increasingly now, from Archbishops to the Vatican itself, tragically, their own pronouncements are in defense of the killing of some children. "Exceptions" are a window to the soul, and in this case, to the soul of Pope Francis himself. For God looks at the exceptions. He didn't care about all the fruit Eve did not eat; nor did He mention all the women David did not violate; nor list the children whom Herod did not kill. God looks at the exceptions. Exception is a euphemism. A euphemism is the use of an inoffensive term for something offensive, such as terminate for murder. "Exception" is a euphemism for Pope Francis' hostility toward the child intentionally killed.
- Pope Francis, like us here at BEL, was asked whether he ever doubts God. Remember that the Apostle Paul wrote that, "Whatever is not of faith is sin." Yet when asked if he ever experiences doubt Pope Francis said that his doubts leave him with momentary feelings of "emptiness", and, to paraphrase him, with ongoing feelings of superiority as he judgmentally claimed that those who don't occasionally doubt God remain "infantile" in their faith. So, practicing unbelief is a way to grow in one's faith? Meanwhile, when a well known agnostic asked Enyart this same question, Bob's reply led to the important article, On Doubt: What Does a Christian Doubt?, at kgov.com/on-doubts.
- When asked about homosexual priests, Francis responded, "Who am I to judge?", to which Enyart replied, "Well, for starters, you're the pope", and, "Would you have answered the same if asked about a priest's sexual attraction to children?", and, "Jesus taught that the covetous desire in the heart is sin regardless of whether it is acted upon." Contrast Pope Francis' judgment of calling it a "very serious sin" to dredge up old news scandals (sheesh!) whereas "Who am I to judge" regarding homosexuality. Hypocrite.
- Claims that "Poverty is the center of the Gospel" whereas of course Christ's crucifixion for sin is the center.
- Pope Francis repeatedly paraphrases the Lord from Matthew 23:1-3 where Jesus used the term "Moses seat" as a place of honor, but the Pope uses it as a pejorative, which insult, intentional or not, gets noticed by leading rabbis.
- As an example of the church's long-standing anti-Semitism, the reformer Martin Luther became an extreme anti-Semite after growing up in a Catholic church that had been horrifically openly anti-Semitic throughout the previous 150 years. Thus every new insult against the Jews by Catholics or Protestants is terribly painful. In 2015 Pope Francis instructed Catholics to make no effort to convert Jews. Of course Catholic defenders will claim his motivation was pure, however as shown in our article, On the Jews who Reject Christ, Jesus emphatically taught that those who believed in Moses would believe in Him and that "whoever rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me."
- Eagerly affirms homosexual pair in Washington D.C. who stand against biblical marriage.
- Elevated to the third highest position in the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell "mishandled abuse cases in Australia", according to survivor Marie Collins. Pell is returning to Australia in July 2017 having been charged himself with sexual abuse of minors. Collins, a former advisor to Pope Francis, said that Pell should never have been given a Vatican job, let alone made its chief financial officer. This was, "a slap in the face to all those he had let down so badly, not only victims but Catholic people who have spent years now hearing assurance from the Catholic Church that it is taking the issue seriously."
- Opposing a U.S. border wall, Francis maintains the Vatican largely encircled by steep walls except for St. Peter's Square which is protected by trained soldiers, the Pope's armed Swiss Guard, essentially his city-state's militia, well equipped including with metal detectors.
- Relishes that the most well-known affirmation he gets from his home country is from the young teenager whom decades ago Francis introduced to homosexual literature. That young boy then grew up enslaved by the perversion of homosexual rebellion against Jesus teaching that, "from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female" (Mark 10:6).
- Criticizes capitalism (i.e., freedom) while preferring socialism and higher taxes on the wealthy, which of course promotes class envy, a violation of one of the Ten, by which God commands, "Do not covet thy neighbor's goods." And of course by socialism itself voters and governing officials violate God's enduring command, "Do not steal".
- Whereas Jesus speaks of the reality of enduring poverty, which is largely because of bad government, bad religion (like throughout predominantly Catholic Central and South America), drunkenness, immorality, and laziness, the Pope promotes wealth redistribution and covetousness as when he says, "restore to the poor what belongs to them."
- A couple months after his, "Who am I to judge," going even further in his comments on homosexual Catholics, Pope Francis bizarrely said, "It is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person." This earned the Pope a place on our kgov.com/superfluous-list-of-leaders-going-gay.
- Then from his 2013 unloving and apathetic, "Who am I to judge?" about homosexuals and his, "It is not possible to interfere", in a 2016 "apostolic exhortation" the Pope urged greater acceptance of homosexuals no less. Tragically, this Pope and the Roman Catholic Church at large has catastrophically failed to learn the proper lesson of the priest molestation scandal which devastated thousands of families in the years following the "acceptance" of homosexuals in Catholic seminaries.