Pope Francis gives right wing heartburn


Pope Francis is sending shock waves through the Catholic right wing.

In his recent interview with Jesuit publications he said: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context.”

Dead on. Catholic people are so tired of this one note drum beat particularly when we are burning the planet down. Climate justice must be our prime focus.


Good for the Pope.

There are several names for this  right wing group, my favourite being “Market Catholics.” In the USA they are Republicans, believers more in the market than the gospel. They have all done well worshipping at this altar and any papal statement—and there are dozens- warning about the total autonomy of free markets is ignored by them.  This ideology has widened the gap between the rich and the poor, looted pension funds and virtually eliminated the middle class. Having the institutional focus on the groin and the pelvis instead of the one place Jesus told us to look—in the lives of the marginalized, lets these people off the hook.Morality for this group is strictly personal, disconnected from the world and the non-human community.

Sadly, many are called “pro-lifers”(really anti-abortion), generally a worthy orientation but as Francis stated—”talk about this in a context.” There  is care before life and after death and precious in between. Does the planet, the very basis of our common life, not have a “right to life?”But curbing emissions like in our earth-aborting Tar Sands would interfere with capital’s untrammeled rights.

It is safer then to narrow gospel teaching to pelvic issues and ignore poverty and the poor. Ignore climate justice and gender justice. Focus on the groin as the epicentre of Catholic teaching.

Particularly reprehensible are the Catholic “celibate” prelates who know so little about sexuality but who pontificate relentlessly on sex. The irony is that by denying conscience-driven birth control they make wider the choices of abortion. Ir is misogyny like this which has driven hordes from the Catholic church now  widely seen as the all male celibate and patriarchal club. Not to mention that so many priests are gay and having to live  inside a church perceived as unsympathetic to homosexual people.

Francis is right…give pelvic orthodoxy a well deserved rest.


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    And now for an intelligent commentary on the Interview

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