That's what Father Rosica said of Pope Francis' visit to the DC area. In this clip you'll see both Rosica and Cardinal Wuerl being interviewed on Fox News Sunday (ht Pewsitter). The commentator is questioning Rosica and Wuerl about US Rep Paul Gosar's announcement of his boycott of the Pope's planned address to Congress. Both clerics poo-poo the idea that the Pope will be promoting any kind of political agenda, let alone a leftist one (although Wuerl admits to political "ramifications"). When asked if the Pope will broach religious freedom, contraception, etc when he meets with Obama, Rosica emphatically answers "no" (at the 3:40 mark). Then at the 5:00 mark we hear Fr Rosica call the pope a "prince of peace". There is so much to unpack I almost don't know where to begin.
Let's start with this "prince of peace" crack. In all of Scripture and Tradition, only One Person has ever been identified as "prince of peace" and that is Jesus Christ. No one has dared called another person - even a previous pontiff - as "prince of peace". That is a title that has always been reserved for Our Lord and Him alone. Is there some attempt at deification here?
Now as far as lack of political agenda goes, that too is stuff and nonsense. Does anyone doubt that Laudato Si will not at least be mentioned? That thing itself is chock-full of leftwing envirowhacko socialistic screed. Rep Gosar is correct. Read this Breitbart article (and associated links) for his level-headed, truly Catholic thinking. I commend him for his boycott and hope he's not alone in his principled stance.
In the video that I'll post below, Judge Andrew Napolitano is being interviewed about the Pope's trip. Identifying himself as a traditional Catholic, he opines that Pope Francis is a "challenge and an obstacle" to traditional Catholics. Napolitano succinctly states why it is simply wrong for the pope to lend the solemn dignity of his role as Vicar of Christ to his mere personal opinions.
I'll also link to an article written by Michelle Malkin (another Catholic) as she explores the ramifications of apparent papal disdain for air conditioners. She's correct about all these folks bemoaning "carbon footprints" from their air-conditioned offices or their private jets. Napolitano mentioned that the pope is charged with teaching on faith and morals. We'd all be much better off if he paid attention to that mandate. He is Christ's Vicar, not a rival "prince of peace".
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