“Please stop! I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!  Brothers and sisters, never war, never war! I am thinking above all of children, who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, of a future; dead children, injured children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things left over from war, children who can’t smile any more.”  ~Pope Francis (source)

I’m calling “shenanigans” on this.

Every pope in my lifetime has at  some point made the statement- with a tear in his eye and a crack in his voice- “War is bad.”

What they are very careful never to do is to be specific.  I have never heard a pope say, “Catholics may not participate in this one.”  They have never limited the carnage their membership may inflict, so long as they are wearing a hat and uniform.

Until they do, I’m going to call this what it is:  papal theater.


1 Comment

  1. markonit

    … I have to agree… but I will say this… when it comes to Pope Francis, there is a humility and sincerity that makes me think that the man, not the Pope, really believes and wants what he asks for…


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