Spin-the-Pope

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The latest version of the popular “Spin-the-Pope” game features what Freedom Outpost cast as the “Pope’s New Inquisition: You Can’t Make Guns & Call Yourself a Christian.” Never MIND that most of the pontiff’s remarks that day were about HUMAN TRAFFICKING and never MIND that his specific comment about weapons manufacturing was aimed at arms dealers who FUND WARS FOR PROFIT.

The Left is all, “Yay! The pope is for gun control!”, while the Right is all, “Boo! The pope is against self-defense.”

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I really wish people would take his comments in the FULL CONTEXT of Catholic teaching. Take this gun thing, for example. Jesus never condemned soldiers. And the Catholic Catechism [2264] says,

“Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow.”

The pontiff is also not stupid; he obviously knows his own Swiss Guards are heavily armed. Again from the Catholic Catechism [2265],

“Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.”

Jesus said some pretty wild stuff that, taken out of context, would make dramatic headlines too. For example, “if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.” [Matthew 5:30]  In context, this is a dramatic statement about the deadly, malignant nature of sin; out of context, it sounds like support for self-mutilation.

Some say Pope Francis should just shut up. Frankly, I find that really offensive. He’s my pastor. It’s his JOB to help Catholics like me apply Christ’s teachings in our highly politicized world. The fact that some of his statements can be spun OUT OF CONTEXT to support someone else’s agendas is not his fault. It’s the fault of those who ignore 99.99% of what he says and stands for, yet somehow feel justified in spinning the .01% to support their own agendas.

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  1. I agree. We have been deluged lately with a lot of “Can’t believe the Pope said this…” when the comments were a tiny part of the message, and incidental at that. Gruntessa was getting so tired of it yesterday that she sat down and actually read his recent encyclical. She said it was all common sense stuff that probably wasn’t aimed at us, and the climate aspect was almost nonexistent! That’s not what the pundits are leading us to believe. Embarrassing? Sure, but the drumbeat is excessive.

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  2. I am getting totally sick of all this stuff, and absolutely tired of defending him. I wish he knew what the left is doing to his commentary. So glad to know that his comments really didn’t target the gun industry as the media portrays. I need to stay close to this website to keep me sane. Thank you for all the common sense info.

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    • Thanks, Plain Jane. Hang in there!

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      You’re most welcome, Jane. One reason I wrote this was to give me (and maybe others) a quick post-a-link way to reply to the haters who show up on my FB feed.

      The ones who fry my buns the most are the politically conservative Christians who PRIDE themselves on how well-informed they are about politics, history and economics and condemn Leftists as bleating, ignorant sheeple.

      From where I’m sitting, Christians who hate Catholicism are ignorant, bleating sheeple. I have not yet talked with anyone who really loves the Lord AND took the time to listen to me explain the actual Catholic doctrine who didn’t end up admitting our beliefs are CHRISTIAN and totally consistent with Scripture.

      As for that much repeated but totally wrong and hateful characterization of the pope being Anti-Christ … it’s based on a line in Revelation about Satan’s city being on seven hills. Rome is on seven hills, but Vatican City isn’t even on the same side of the river! Google “seven hills of rome vatican” and look at “Images.” Plus, sixty other cities in the world claim to be on seven hills, so gimme a BREAK.

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