Recently, the Pope made the news again by calling for an end to the “cult of money.” This Pope is very different from the last Pope in that he actually cares what people think about him and he has made a concerted effort to give the appearance of being humble. The media seems to have bought into this narrative. Make no mistake the Pope’s humility is as fictional as the deity he worships.
The Pope to talks about a “cult of money” all the time. That is his job. He is the cult leader of the cult of money. He can live in a tiny mansion instead of the larger mansion, but that doesn’t make him humble. He can pay for his own hotel room with the trillions he has swindled from the poor, but that doesn’t make him humble either. Kissing people’s feet is a bit much, but at the end of the day those people will still be poor and he will still be the Pope!
If Pope Francis really wants to do something for the poor and take on the cult of money, he would sell the Vatican and feed the world – as Sarah Silverman so eloquently put it on YouTube:
Another thing the Pope could do is to stop teaching people superstitious nonsense and instead teach them practical skills. If we could make economically poor nations into thriving hubs of commerce, technology, and tourism, the people living in poverty in these nations would have more money. They wouldn’t have Pope money, mind you, but they would at least be able to feed their families… something else the Pope knows nothing about.
Don’t let the media fool you. The Pope is just better at marketing himself than the last Pope. He doesn’t care about the poor; he cares about his image and making more converts. He is trying to appear moral, but at the end of the day, kissing feet and calling out greedy bankers will not hide the fact that the Catholic Church systematically hid and continues to hide sexual predators from justice.
The Pope is not humble and he sure as crap isn’t moral either. I call on the Pope to put an end to the systematic cover-up of sexual assault. To do this, he needs to turn over all the priests and Catholic Church officials who the Vatican knows or suspects of having committed sexual molestation and/or rape. He must turn over all the Vatican files on these abuses and as well as the names of those within the Vatican who helped to cover it all up. They will all have to stand trial in an international court of law including the Pope Emeritus.
That isn’t actually asking a lot. It doesn’t take a moral authority to stop protecting sexual predators and make sure that everyone accused gets a fair trial. This won’t allow the Pope to claim moral authority, but it would be a great step. Then we can talk about what other things the Catholic Church can stop doing and then we can finally talk about what they can do for the betterment of humanity.
Until all that, I am getting tired of hearing how modest, humble, and moral this Pope claims to be. Sure, he is all those things compared to other Popes, but he doesn’t even come close to being as modest, humble, and moral as pretty much any other person on Earth. It is hard to be modest and humble while holding a gold scepter and not many people would continue to obstruct justice to protect child molesters.
- Pope Francis attacks ‘cult of money’ in reform call (guardian.co.uk)
- Catholics Want To ‘Talk’ With Atheists (skepticink.com)
- Atheists Are Everywhere! (skepticink.com)
- Catholic League: ‘Marriage has nothing to do with love’ (examiner.com)