Don Corleone: I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse
The Godfather 1972
There was a headline at Drudge earlier this week about Pope Francis going after financial speculators:
The 77-year-old said “it is important that ethics once again play its due part in the world of finance” and that markets should “serve the interests of peoples and the common good of humanity”.
Francis singled out speculation in agricultural markets calling it “a scandal which seriously compromises access to food on the part of the poorest members of our human family”.
That’s very popelike, reminding the rich of their duty to their fellow-man, “Am I my brother’s keeper” Gen 4:9b and all that.
However when it came to this headline Pope condemns corruption in politics, business and Church
Pope Francis on Tuesday returned to theme of corruption in the Church and in society, saying those who commit this crime must beg for God’s forgiveness.
That didn’t interest anyone. Perhaps it’s because he used the example from the daily Mass reading this week from 1st Kings Chapter 21. For those not familiar with the passage Naboth refuses to sell King Ahab his vineyard so the king’s wife Jezebel arranged his murder so Ahab could take it:
This is what she wrote in the letters: “Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people. Next, get two scoundrels to face him and accuse him of having cursed God and king. Then take him out and stone him to death.” 1 Kings 21:9-10
(Boy If I want to promote women’s right & feminism this is just the type of person I want to name my site after, but I digress…)
and for those who corruptly use power this Pope words are extremely harsh
This is the definition of corruption, the Pope insisted, it’s a commodity that we buy and sell. Recalling yesterday’s homily in which he identified three areas of corruption – in politics, in business and in the Church – he said all three hurt the poor who always pay the price for the other’s gain. To all of these people, the Pope notes, God says clearly that he will bring disaster on them and their families. Corruption, he said irritates God and scandalises people because it exploits, enslaves, even kills the vulnerable, but those who commit this crime are only focused on money and power.
And then the good Pope, the Pope of the People the pope that the MSM loves more than any other declare those who He declares them “Cursed by God.”
If I’m a pol who has over the course of his career suddenly found himself rich or someone who has used public funds to support allies in return for contributions or abused the powers of Government to subdue my political enemies and have any trace of the fear of God still in me, id be scared.
But there is good news, the same Pope France who has declared you “Cursed by God” is the one who is constantly talking about confession and God’s infinite capacity to forgive.
just as Ahab tore his clothes and fasted and humbled himself before the Lord, so the corrupt must repent and make amends for what they have done.
BTW if you are a Christian feeling superior after Francis’s words, don’t be smug, because he reminds us our job isn’t to celebrate the Curse of God on the evil, it’s your job to do something about it:
Our duty as Christians, the Pope concluded, is to ask forgiveness from God for these people we read about in the papers, to pray for their conversion of heart and for the grace that we may never become corrupt ourselves.
So make sure these guys are on your prayer list, pronto:
Final thought: This isn’t the first time the Pope went on about public corruption, nor the first time I wrote about it, but I thing the close of that post still applies.
Now of course the Pope wasn’t speaking directly to the Obamacare corruption any more than he directly linked these sermons to the Curia but I wonder if our friends on the left will be as anxious to repeat these words from the Pope in the MSM as they have been others?
I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it.
Actually I don’t wonder at all.
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