Joseph Cotto, 2/23/2016 [Archive]

Not Very Christian of Pope Francis

By Joseph Cotto

Pope Francis claimed that Donald Trump is not really Christian.

The dazzlingly, if not frighteningly, popular Roman Catholic chieftain made this remark outside his private jet. He was in Mexico for, among other things, a U.S. border rally in favor of unchecked immigration. He spoke about the evils of capitalism while wearing an expensive white suit and golden crucifix.

Francis, or to use his legal name, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, believed Trump fell short of Jesus Christ's message since the Donald wants to build a border wall. Jorge did not mention the colossal stone wall separating Vatican City from surrounding Italy. He also neglected to share that his wall is patrolled by armed guards.

Not very Christian of Jorge, come to think about it.

While devoid of intellectual substance, Jorge's comment should spur a serious discussion about Christianity — especially the Roman Catholic variant — and its bearing on American right-of-center politics. Can politicians justify, among other things, closing open borders, curtailing the welfare state, and reaping the fruits of free enterprise via Jesus's teachings?

Of course not.

As I have said before — on more than one occasion — Christianity is an inherently leftist creed. It champions habitually sacrificing oneself for others and forsaking worldly pleasures so utopia can be reached in the 'next life'. In addition, its central character demonized wealth, stood up for sex workers, and willingly submitted himself to an unjust court action that spelled his doom.

Jesus, assuming he existed, was the cross between a hippie and a self-immolating monk. Hell of a role model.

Roman Catholicism is by far and away the most intriguing and powerful of all Christian denominations. Essentially, it is an interpretation of the New Testament synthesized for late antiquity Europe.

The rituals and social customs of the Roman Church mimic, if not mirror, those beholden to old world royalty. Of course, as this world was based on feudalism, individualism and its natural economic byproduct, capitalism, are looked down upon — if not combated outright. As the times have changed, the Roman Catholic church has continued its feudal model.

This leaves the nations it dominates with a very wealthy, though just as small, corporatist class and throngs of hungry mouths which often go unfed.

In light of the church opposing contraception for this underclass, birthrates are high even in the face of little opportunity for future generations; including secular education. This works well for the church as it has a continually expanding base with few prospects of exposure to different belief systems.

A great deal of the pittances earned by this underclass will be donated to the church, thanks to its guilt-driven theology. So, the church's membership structure could not be more self-sustaining. Superstition is far more widespread than among Protestants, which is a result of the aforementioned synthesizing. It is not difficult to figure out why the church adopted several pagan tendencies of the nations which converted to it.

Aside from all this, the church is resolutely Vatican-centric for its own interests, yet globalist in other regards. The story of Trump and Jorge serves as but one example.

Give Jorge some credit, though. He is a master manipulator of deep-seated hopes and fears. Despite vigorously campaigning against same-sex marriage, abortion rights, and contraceptive use for his entire career, untold millions of lefties consider him a fellow traveler.

Meanwhile, even though Jorge has agitated for free-flowing third-world immigration, chastised the pursuit of capital, and declared allegiance to climate change dogma, scores of religious righties revere him as the 'vicar of Christ'.

How did Jorge pull this off? He simply made vague, feel-good statements for progressives. These comments did not directly contradict his past positions, however, and he doubled down on socially right-wing ideas in front of receptive audiences.

High on the opiate of faith, folks heard what they wanted to and ignored the rest.

Jorge's spat with the Donald is yet more proof of why building an American-interests-first movement on bedrock Christian, let alone Roman Catholic, principles is a sure loser. It will only produce social discontent, economic poverty, and monstrous envy among the crowds — with gross hypocrisy on the part of 'God's servants'.

Face it, real world problems demand real world solutions.


Copyright 2016 Joseph Cotto, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Joseph Cotto is a historical and social journalist, and writes about politics, economics and social issues. Email him at

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