With disappointment I read the news that Pope Francis paid public tribute to genocide-facilitator Nelson Mandela. There is no problem with the first sentence of that address, to extend condolences to his family and to pray for Mandela's eternal repose. But by no stretch of the imagination was Mandela "promoting the human dignity of the nation's citizens".
Indeed, Mandela treated an entire class of South African citizens as so much disposable garbage. I speak, of course, of the untold number of babies whose murders he facilitated when he struck down South Africa's abortion laws in 1996. As abortion laws went at the time, they were reasonably comprehensive in providing protection to South Africa's littlest ones - but Mandela ended it.
The Holy Father concluded by saying "I pray that the late President's example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations." In reality, if they follow Mandela's example, bloodshed and tyranny will be at this forefront.
The Holy Father's "tribute" does not constitute dogma or even the lowest level of Church teaching. Deo Gratias!
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