Only this past week, when the Pope called capitalism “a new tyranny” and “an economy of exclusion and inequality” that “kills,” did Rush Limbaugh get around to calling out the Pope for his Marxist beliefs, and only then did most conservatives follow suit.
I’m proud to say that I was among the first people on the right to express displeasure with Pope Francis. Day one, hour one, in fact. (Full disclosure: I’m a Protestant, but I’ve always had a respect for past popes.) I read only briefly about him when he was first announced, read about what those who knew him well called his focus on “social justice,” but what I recognized as a bent for cultural Marxism.
Most conservatives were thrilled with his pick because, hey, he’s the Pope; he’s presumably conservative because he’s against abortion, so how can we criticize him? And I did go through a brief phase of reluctant respect for the man. I appreciated that he eschewed the traditional regal living quarters of the papacy in favor of a more modest abode. He treated people with such love (of course, it’s easy to be loving toward people who literally bow down at your feet). He practiced what he preached, as far as love goes.
But this particular Pope does Christianity a grave disservice. He believes that softening the message of Christianity will attract more people to the faith. He tells crowds that atheists can go to heaven, a transparent attempt to attract them to Christianity. But if an atheist starts believing he can go to heaven, it’s not Christianity he’s following; it’s a modernist’s relativism; it’s blasphemy. The Pope’s method of outreach is, simply, to lie.
He wants people to accept themselves as they are, rather than to strive to be ethically better people and to reject the hedonism of modernity. It’s the same method employed by Satan. “Do not strive for betterment. If you feel moral in what you’re doing, then whatever you’re doing is moral.”
As written at the UK’s Sunday Times website, “In the eight months since he was chosen, cathedrals in Britain have seen a rise of about 20% in congregations, drawing in both new and lapsed members.” This should be no great surprise. Considering the state of moral decay of modern society, it can only be expected that the Pope’s immoral message of “live and let live and we’re all probably going to heaven” makes him and Catholicism wildly popular.
Reaching out by diluting the truth may be appealing to non-Christians, but it will ultimately lead them further astray by cementing their anti-Christian beliefs because they will know that they not only have the explicit endorsement of the world, but the implicit endorsement of the Pope.