The Good Pope



Zackary Mejia, Staff Writer

Zackary Mejia
Zackary Mejia

Last week Pope Francis’s, willingly or not, commented on the abnormality that is Donald Trump’s campaign to be President of the United States.

When asked on what his thoughts were of the orange menace he stated “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel…”

Trump fired back at the Pope in his signature three syllable, barely coherent way but that’s not the interesting thing about the conflict between these two pop stars.

The Pope’s lack of understanding that Trump’s plans of wall building and keeping infidels away are in line with the Christian doctrine since before the crusades is very interesting; unless he forgot that he resides within a 39-foot wall surrounding Vatican City, a theocratic state within a state, where he rules as head of government by appointee.

This new Pope has been portrayed as a humanitarian and reformer within the Church yet he also brings out all the things we love to hate about the Catholic Church.

Whether it be his abhorrent comments on the Charlie Hebdo shooting, joking that if you insult a man’s mother don’t be surprised when he punches you in the mouth and attempting to peddle his stance on freedom of expression, rather limitation of, by stating “It’s normal. It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.” Which is in line with the Christian faith, Pope Urban VIII and the suspect heretic Galileo would certainly agree so.

On the human right of gay marriage the Pope has been a bit more political on the matter, not outright condemning it but definitely not supporting it. In an address to his clergy he tells his brethren to try and help the homosexual community see the grace of God and accept his divine will, stating “The Church must search out these persons, welcome and accompany them, for a Church with closed doors betrays herself and her mission, and, instead of being a bridge, becomes a roadblock.”

Ah spoken like a true politician, the “It’s okay that you’re gay but don’t act upon it” policy that the born-again Christians try to sell to the gay community. A policy that is not only offensive, to tell someone that they cannot allow themselves to feel intimate love for another and must suppress their desires or else they will offend God, but also illogical.

Since all denominations of Christianity love to tell us how god created us in his image (especially those darn born-again’s knocking on my door!) and would want us as we are, why would this divine being want his child to repress the very things that we need to live normal lives.

Trump’s comments on wall building are more Christian than when he said “Two Corinthians” and the Pope, with his fine degree in mythological literature, should know better than to interject himself in politics where a man with a funny hat has no place in.

Yet, I return to my previous point: Is this Pope the reformer and humanitarian he claims to be or is he another cleric who believes that by re-skinning the Church’s stance on homosexuality, the world would forget all the horrifically divine deeds the Church has carried out against the gays and other minorities?

In the eyes of those outside the room of nodding heads can see even the most adored member of the Church was a villain. The late Christopher Hitchens sums up Mother Teresa better than no other, ” Mother Teresa was not a friend to the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”

Yes, by the standards set forth by his predecessors and the text of his God, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a good Pope.