I listened to the speech today. It was the dalai lama.
Several minutes after leaving Obama, he announced he would veto any bill that defunds murderers of unborn children. Minutes after leaving Congress, the Senate blocked attempts to defund human atrocities at planned parenthood.
The opportunity to save hundreds of thousands of lives existed and the Holy Father deliberately and willfully talked about the death penalty, the air and Dorothy Day.
There is something really strange about his quote on the family.
It's a little ambiguous and could be taken out of context and twisted, but it seems a legitimate acknowledgment of the heretics in the Church and the diabolical disorientation in the culture. But then there is the synod, where he is the internal threat he is referencing. Very strange.
This article on the ride into facism is an interesting read.
Deference to a pope comes readily to Catholics. We are groomed for it. Within legitimate bounds, there is grace in that. But the boundaries are not totalizing. Outside of them, obeisance falls prey to forces that do not serve the church. Neither do they lend succor to a civilization painfully wrought from endemic tyrannies and universal poverty. Far, far from it.
There comes a moment when deference glides into collusion. At that point, we all become Good Germans. Fascist-friendly. Trust in respected authority curdles into a thing entirely different—a willed blindness to something dark in the particular voice commanding assent. Decent and dependable, we incline toward the beckoning circle of connivance.
The Che Guevara thing was an eye-opener for me. I knew the show was bordering socialism and communism but I secretly hoped he would prove us all wrong.