LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2017 – According to the Catholic Standard of Washington D.C., Pope Francis harks back to the days when the church had sway over the thoughts of nations. In those days, deviation from the pope’s views got one labeled a heretic, an apostate, or a pagan – all words with serious, negative connotations.
In his speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on April 28, 2017, Pope Francis found a way to attack the concept of liberty. In that attack, during which he elaborated upon what he believes are the worst excesses of liberty, Francis seemed to say, “reject freedom, accept our guidance, for we are superior in many ways.”
Further, according to the Standard, Francis said that “A radicalized libertarian individualism” poses a serious risk. It minimizes the common good by “exalting a selfish ideal” where an individual determines the “value of others.”
An essential companion of liberty is the golden rule: Do unto others as you wish them to do to you. The Washington, D.C. swamp that President Trump has talked about, the crude dictators and the theocracies of the Middle East, though seemingly different, are unified with Pope Francis in desiring one thing: to control human minds.
It follows that if these individuals and their movements and religions can control minds, they can control societies, the better to provide themselves special privileges and access to illicit pleasures, while declaring these things crimes for others, both legally and morally.
Every relationship – whether in our personal lives, at work or in our economic behavior – comes with a cost: the loss of freedom, the loss of time, a money cost. We sacrifice time, energy and opportunities to form and maintain relationships. Relationships require the personal sacrifice of that which is most uniquely ours in exchange for fulfillment that is likewise deeply and uniquely personal.
However, the pope and others like him want to decide which relationships are valuable and which we should reject. They want to control our time, our labor and our wealth. They share the same mind-set as all other controllers throughout history.
Consider Africa. Much of that continent is run today as if the church were running it. Leaders there blind their people to reality, giving themselves extra privileges and looting national wealth with impunity.
It’s time for people like the pope to come to grips with the fact that most people really don’t appreciate spending most of their time, effort and resources to cultivate and sustain families and relationships if the end result is for their own governmental or religious leadership arbitrarily decides that, no, you are the wrong race, religion, or ideology to be permitted such things. If it is not one thing, it is another. The resulting restrictions and constraints are usually backed up by a thin tissue of illogically linked lies.
Looking back on history, we must ask: What benefit has organized religion ever brought to anybody except looting of the populace by religious organizations or hierarchy. Such clerics or officials invoke the name of a supreme being, using that being’s name to justify the looting of society. What kind of logic is that?
It gets more problematic. Presumably, objective science is on liberty’s side. Yet is it not strange when we hear scientists abandoning their objectivity by bending or adapting science to conform with the ideological leftists that advocate controlling humanity in ways that only they can establish and proclaim? Like the papacy, or indeed, like the hierarchies that rule over any established religion, they, too, seem eager today to accuse anyone holding alternative views as heretics.
Like today’s leftist “scientists,” the current pope seems not to understand that a significant number of people do not accept his world view in which either religion, scientific thought, or both have less meaning than an individual’s race, religion, or ideology. He does not understand the principle of true personal liberty which, while emphasizing personal freedom also realizes that in its pursuit, one is not entitled to harm or take over someone else’s property in pursuit of wealth or relationships.
The Earth is not the center of the universe just as the papacy is not the center of the Earth. Centuries ago, when the Vatican was viewed by many as just that – the center of the Earth – people gradually rebelled against its power, pursuing freedom and the liberty to think and imagine: the opposite of what the current pope seems to be preaching.