posted on Mar, 19 2013 @ 11:03 AM
Originally posted by Cinrad
Originally posted by FlyersFan
My opinion - I hope he just sticks to the religious aspects of life ... helping people pray, bringing people to Christ, helping raise the conditions
of the poor without exploiting those that 'have more' ... and I hope he's able to do it without entering any political areas. I'd like to keep
religion out of politics. It looks like his 'style' is that of Pope Pius XII (for better or worse) ... quietly help without getting involved in the
That "style" has another name - complacency. It is too politicaly expedient, to not openly critisize the government and then when the dictatorship
is toppled start spreading rumours of all the resistors you helped - I call BS. If something is morally wrong and you have set yourself up as the
leader of the world's morality then you need to stand up and pronounce it evil. Not wait till it is over and then say what you believed.
That's an exaggeration. I grew up in a dictatorship - in many ways not as physically brutal as the later Argentine one - but all the more tiresome
because of the sense of being closed in. You could only leave the country illegally or with a special permit, unlike Argentine, but there was far less
physical torture and brutality.
What you do not seem to understand is that fear being cast over people by tyranny is not a simple matter of substituting free egos in a situation of
For that matter, in a real dictatorship, a lot of people do not talk about the power of the tyrant and his henchmen openly. You start to allude to
things, to not react.
It is sometimes great when you meet a person who does NOT react to you by aggressive assent to the regime.
Christians like Francis would do more in that situation - and I don't believe he co-operated with the regime from what I know so far. Active
resistance is not a stance morally required from all. Not if you are a parent, not if you are responsible for other people - like priests helping the
poor, teachers protecting their class from other possible harsher personalities who would cooperate with Power.
Plus, technically, I do believe the Vatican has audited all POSSIBLE popes' lives as much as any intelligence organization would have. (You know,
they have their own.) Francis strikes me as a very decent man, and I am not a Catholic.