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Other Rick Is Upset

Rick Santorum is upset at President Obama and the other Rick is upset at Pope Francis. Rick II is a Catholic, unlike Rick I so he has opinions on the Catholic Church. This Rick is very, very angry at Pope Francis who refuses to take care of the Church and goes off on getting involved in controversial issues that have nothing to do with Catholicism. “The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we are better off leaving science to scientists and focusing on what we’re really good at, which is theology and morality. When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, I think the Church is no longer credible.”

Pope Francis has a master degree in chemistry and sort of has studied something about science. Yes, Rick, the church did make a mistake about with Galileo, but the issue was not about science, it was about theology. At the latest count about 95% of climate SCIENTISTS agree that global warming is happening. It is not a “controversy.” The only people who disagree are the nut cases who do not believe in SCIENCE.

OH, Pope Francis has also demonstrated that he does not believe in science by agreeing there has been evolution of life on this planet while Rick believes the world is about 15,000 years old. And, this guy wants to be president of a modern society??

Vatican Safe, For Now!

There is some evidence that terrorists were planning an attack upon the Vatican. Initial reports indicate that Islamic groups connected to al-Qaeda were ready to send in the suicide bombers against the Vatican in order to shut up the Pope who constantly makes statements about the need for peace in the Middle East. However, our research indicates that not only are Muslim terrorists angry at Pope Francis, but so are a heck of a lot of Catholics who regard his comments about gays and lesbians as insulting to all they hold dear in the Catholic religion. After all, would you want your daughter sitting in church next to some LESBIANS! One suspects there are some priests who do not like all this talk and action about predators upon the young. They believe it is their right to seek out young boys for sex mates. Just read the Bible.

Pope Francis has brought some fresh air into the Catholic Church. OK, Islamic terrorists are angry at him, then again, they hate imams who speak for peace. But, if Pope Francis lives long enough there will be hundreds of priests who would welcome his death. The Vatican curia do not want anyone examining their financial transactions. I have a hunch, threats upon the life of Pope Francis are more threatening from within the Curia than from without!

Wither Pope Francis?

Pope Francis recently made a remark about the possibility that he may not be around for a long time. After all, he is not a young man and his life expectancy indicates a decade of future life for this good man. He now must become concerned about his legacy. Sorry, once in heaven one can not do earthly good deeds. So, what can this good man do before death?

1. He must address the reality that modern Catholics in Europe and the US are simply not on the same page about birth control.

2. He must confront the gap between the Vatican and abortion.

3. He must confront the gap between the Vatican and modern nations on the issue of female role in the church.

What could he do?

1. Select modern thinking men to become Cardinals.

2. Confront the issue of gays openly and welcome them into the church.

3. Remember that it was Catholic churches in America which first integrated churches and schools.

Make some dramatic move about one of these issues!

Italian Army Into Battle?

Each day it becomes increasingly clear that Libya is becoming a center of chaos and destruction. Frankly, I doubt if there is a single political scientist who could even name the various groups now fighting for power, let alone being able to inform the world as to their goals for the land. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is proposing to send Italian troops to this land which lies as close to Italy as Cuba does to the United States of America. The dispatch of Italian troops to North Africa would be an interesting proposal. The last time Italian soldiers fought in northern Africa the results were not to the best. For example, when the Italian army invaded Egypt in 1941 it had 250,000 men who were opposed by about 50,000 British soldiers. For some reason, the British surrounded this invasion force and destroyed most of it.

I am not claiming the modern Italian army could not hold its own against Muslim terrorists. The initial problem is sorting out which Muslim terrorist is better of worse than the other Muslim terrorists. This is among the modern mysteries of life. Good Luck.

Pope Francis Loves Children

Pope Francis is a wonderful man. Pope Francis inherited an institution that mentally remains locked in a world that once was, but now, not is. I recognize that anyone in the role of Pope confronts inertia and dead wood that opposes change. The Italian Curia is:

1. Against birth control

2. It is against women as priests

3. It is against priests being able to marry.

So, when Pope Francis makes comments concerning the reality of modern life one must recognize that his words are carefully selected. He recently informed Catholics that he was concerned about their refusal to have many children. “A society with a greedy generation that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all a worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society. Their choice not to have children is selfish.”

I have four children. I also understand that in poverty areas of the world, having lots of children dooms most of them to a life of poverty and illness. There is need for birth control. In the United States of America young people are in a society in which the rich have and they do not. The cost of raising a child can be over $300,000. Sorry, Pope Francis, it is not being selfish, it is being realistic.

Cool It, Says Pope Francis!

it has been a long time since a Catholic leader has attracted the attention of Catholics. Since the death of Pope John XXIII decades ago, no Pope has come upon the scene with words of deeds that would impact young Catholics with hope that someone in the Vatican understands modern times. The Catholic church has remained fixed in time, but unfortunately, the “time” was about two hundred years ago. Pope Francis has a habit, not only in dress, but in words, of speaking out with joy and understanding to his flock. The other day he informed Catholics they don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should focus upon the practice of “responsible parenting.” I words that most probably referred to Chinese leaders, he argued that “no outside institution should impose its views on family size.”

OK, this is the initial verbal salvo in the war to allow Catholic women to use some form of contraception. He still hesitates to argue for contraception, but it is simply a matter of time before the Catholic church catches up with the behavior of Catholic women. Perhaps, someone should inform the Vatican that most Catholic women in modern societies work and cannot remain home to handle a brood of children!

Republicans Turn Back On Pope Francis

These are the best of times for members of the Republican party but these are the worse of times for those who are members of the Catholic Church. After devoting years arguing against the existence of the liberal idea that there is some sort of climate change, along comes a Pope who insist hat humans are changing the climate! I assume the next thing this Pope Francis will tell Catholics is that the planet Earth has been around for billions of years? Oh, my God, does this Pope Francis actually believe that Barney Rubble and the Flintstones are not a true picture of the past! I have been told that Senator Ted Cruz is planning a week long marathon discussion in which he will inform the American people about human history. After all, he attended an Ivy League college and must be smart.

To add to Republican woes this Pope Francis is preparing to hold a conference with members of other religions in which the prime topic will be POVERTY! I know that Republican congressmen are shocked that the most important issue confronting Americans will not be discussed at this meeting–how to aid those the struggling lives of millionaires! Where did this Pope get these crazy ideas that people are poor due to actions of those who are wealthy? Just ask Ted, he will offer you a five hour discussion on the origin of poverty– all caused by laziness!

It is time for those who love true Catholic church to turn their backs on Pope Francis!

I assume this Pope will now claim that Jesus worried about the poor when everyone knows his main concern was for those who work on Wall Street.

Pope Francis Exposed As Socialist!

Each day it becomes increasingly clear these are difficult days for those who are Catholics and support the Republican Party and its programs. Day after day this guy in Rome who claims to be the Pope displays ideas that sound very familiar to those who believe in Socialism or Communism. Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Academy of Sciences informed Catholics that there Pope actually believes that climate changes are occurring in the world! He announced that Pope Francis intends to call a meeting of religious leaders in order to “make all people aware of the state of our climate” and also to address issues of poverty. This Pope actually believes that humans have caused changes in our climate!

To make things even more difficult for Republican Catholics, this Pope wants to do something about poverty! I checked with devout Catholic, Ted Cruz, and he is furious. First the Pope wanted to extend diplomatic relations with Cuba, and now he is mouthing words from Barack Obama about climate change and poverty. I expect Ted to hold a marathon talk about the need to end any and all relations with the Vatican!

Has Ted considered the possibility of becoming a Jew, we have Bibi Netanyahu whose mind is like that of conservative Republicans!

Pope Francis Vs Catholic Church

For Catholics born after the death of Pope John XXII, this is the first time in their lives that a Pope has emerged with a sense of the necessary changes needed in the Vatican if Catholicism is to emerge as a 21st century religion. Pope Francis is attempting to drag a recalcitrant Catholic clergy into the new century. Ironically, he is the first non-European Pope in 1300 years. He is also the first Pope who comes from Latin America. He appeared before a gathering of clergy and spoke some blunt words of wisdom. “The curia needs to change, to improve, a curia that does not criticize itself, that does not dare to improve is a sick body.” He went on to blast the silent crowd with warnings about “rivalry and vainglory” as sins that hamper establishment of a modern Catholic Church.

There is no doubt this Pope wants dialogue about issues such as celibacy, abortion, and the role of women in the Church. The main issue is whether he lives long enough to alter the composition of the Vatican. At this point in time there are too many who live in the 19th century, and seek to return to a time that has scant connection to the 21st century. The issue is –time. Can Pope Francis lie long enough to bring about the needed changes?

Oh, and he warned against the “terrorism of gossip.” Gee, I wonder who he was referring to!

Pope Francis Pooped On By Bishops!

Thee is no question that Pope Francis seeks to introduce changes in the Catholic Church that would make millions of Catholics more willing to attend religious services. He supported efforts by modern thinking Bishops in the recent conclave to offer a welcome of greeting to homosexuals that encouraged them to attend church services. It was apparent when members of the conclave argued that gays and lesbians should be equal members of the Church that such talk was regarded as heresy by the majority. Even though Pope Francis was supporting those seeking to transform the Catholic Church into a 21st century institution, in the end those who have fixed thinking that what was true in the fifteenth century must be true today. The original document that was written with the full support of Pope Francis was changed at the end.\

The document now reads that “people with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and dignity” but the document went on to insist that marriage is only between a man and a woman. The original document said that gays and lesbians had “gifts to offer the Church.” Pope Francis is now at a crossroad, can he push ahead for changes that might encourage those leaving the Church to return, or does he allow conservatives to deny the existence of a modern world? He might have to become more of a leader with a firm grip on events if the Catholic Church is to be saved from its own rigidity!