Frankie Finally Shows His True Colors

I’ll admit it: when Pope Francis initially came on the scene, I thought there was some hope for the catholic church. Maybe, just maybe, they’d put someone in the front office who was genuinely interested in recognizing the seriously problematic issues which the RCC currently labors under and was prepared to address them in a meaningful way.  I mean, jeez, this guy is tackling the cult of opulence and conspicuous consumption on the part of some of the Vatican hierarchy, he’s drawing more attention to the poor, he suggests with his statement about “who am I to judge?” that homosexuality isn’t the intractable bugaboo that it had been to that point. Francis comes to the US, talking about climate change and distribution of wealth, while praising our country as “the land of the free and home of the brave” … and then he has a private meeting with a bigot.

The New York Times reported on 30 September, 2015, that Jorge Bergoglio granted a private audience to Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who came to prominence when she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay or Lesbian couples, citing her “deeply held christian values” as justification. Francis gifted her with rosaries, telling her to “stay strong,” according to her lawyer, who accompanied her during this event. With this one action, Frankie has plainly and simply blown his cover and revealed himself as the unrepentant party-liner any serious analysis would show him to be.

What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is the pontifical equivalent of Ronald Wilson Reagan: a surfeit of flash and sizzle accompanying a near-dearth of any kind of substance or meaningful backup for the public light show and indeed, behavior against the common weal. Reagan made a decent effort to be a populist president, then turned around and funded the Contra rebels under the table and conveniently forgot about the whole thing when called to task. Much in the same pattern, Frankie puts on the splash and dazzle for the rubes, just before he meets with a woman who violated her oath of office and attempted to justify that desecration by claiming “conscientious objector” status. Adding to the overall chutzpah of the event, no real attempt was made to keep it hidden, as Davis almost immediately related the story to reporters for ABC News.

Basically, Frankie has made a lie of his apparent admiration for our country and the secularism which supports its diversity, religious and otherwise. His meet with Davis amounts to a self-serving gesture, an attempt to assert that his god and not civil law are the final word in a country where Church and State have at least a de jure if not a de facto wall separating them. His presumption disrespects the Constitution and US law while supporting a publicly-elected official who used her position to discriminate against a portion of the people she was mandated to serve. Any credibility or claim to moral rectitude this prating pontiff might have had should now be forfeit, certainly in the eyes of anyone who has any regard for the laws this country is built on, or at least, as Judge David Bunning noted, the worth of an oath. I find that I have to join with Mr. Deity’s Brian Dalton in his two-word appraisal of this man and the incident which disqualified his superficial tripe:

Fuck him.

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Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on October 12, 2015 at 2:31am

Pope Frank believes in Exorcism, which counted him out of my book of rational clergy.

I've met many very rational clergy, but Frank cannot join them.

Originally I thought he could, until I read about his support for exorcism and the promotion of it.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 3, 2015 at 2:55pm

I'm beginning to understand now why some believe the pope is too liberal.  lol

Comment by Loren Miller on October 3, 2015 at 9:40am

Apparently, one of the gay men Francis met with was a personal friend.  I got the following from the PD.  The original story was in the Washington Post:

Click on the article to enlarge.

Based on the comment in the fourth column of the above story, it sounds like someone was playing fast and loose with the pope's schedule and somehow wrangled the meet with Davis.  I STILL don't see this as excusing him for that meet, any more than a private audience with a personal friend who happens to be gay is an excuse for the overall treatment the RCC gives to gays and Lesbians.

What it really does is add the need for yet another apology ... which appears to be something the church has been doing a lot of lately.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 3, 2015 at 6:52am

Nice to see Funny Or Die weigh in on this whole mess!

Something to think about: If Kim Davis is looking for the endorsement of a man and organization which HER church is ordinarily vehemently opposed to, just WHAT does that say about the state of her religion?  Nothing good, from where I sit!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 2, 2015 at 11:32pm

Ha!  I love PopeMeet, Daniel.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on October 2, 2015 at 10:43pm

I noticed on the national news tonight that the pope is really back-peddaling on this one.  LOL

Comment by kathy: ky on October 2, 2015 at 11:55am
Daniel, lol!!!
Porridge-courage between the two heavy accents easily confused :)
Comment by tom sarbeck on October 2, 2015 at 11:52am

...Francis may have been a bit bamboozled and manipulated into getting involved.

FA, a child and a mentally ill person can claim innocence as a defense.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 2, 2015 at 9:38am

I'm not saying the Vatican is being truthful here about the details of this meeting, but Matt Staver (Kim's lawyer) and the Liberty Council are certainly not known for their truthiness.  It wouldn't surprise me that they have once again used Kim Davis (and now the pope!) to further their agenda by exaggerating the significance of this little rendezvous.  And by what I've read this morning, it seems this meeting was possibly arranged by a very anti-gay catholic clergy person from here in the U.S. and not initiated by El Papa himself.  I actually think Francis may have been a bit bamboozled and manipulated into getting involved.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 1, 2015 at 10:54pm

The news I heard was that Frankie told Kim Davis to "stay strong" in her faith.

If he didn't also tell her to resign her position, he's a Catholic.

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