Pope Francis continues to wreak havoc as he community-organizes the Roman Catholic church.
The latest outrage comes in the form of the pope’s September 28 decision to fire Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at the Vatican. As a result of this power play, the 67-year-old archbishop, who has no diplomatic experience, is going to Athens, Greece, to become the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to the Hellenic Republic.
Archbishop Hon is apparently being sacrificed by Francis as an overture to the Communist Chinese. Hon is from Hong Kong and is the highest-ranking official of Chinese origin in the Vatican, the Epoch Times reports.
As the French newspaper La Croix noted, Archbishop Hon has been one of the most senior bishops opposed to Pope Francis’ policy of rapprochement with the Chinese regime. His position at the Vatican’s Propaganda Fide, where he served for seven years since being appointed there by previous Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, was a powerful post as that put him second-in-command in the Vatican body that directly governs Vatican’s missionary works.
The Vatican and the People’s Republic of China have had no diplomatic relations since 1951, as the Chinese Communist Party insisted from the very beginning of its rule that all bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in mainland China should be appointed by itself so as to maintain control. Instead, a regime-controlled Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) was created to supposedly represent Catholics in China, yet the CPCA has never been recognized by the Vatican.
Francis is a hero to the radical Left because he is one of them. Although the Left vindictively led the charge against the Catholic church during the various sexual abuse scandals, it now has this pope’s back because, except for abortion, he agrees with leftists. For example, the Salon website, a hotbed of hostility to organized religion (except Islam), has switched sides. Salon has been running stories sympathetic to the pope with titles like “The transcendent compassion of Pope Francis” (by leftist mud-hurler Joan Walsh, no less), “Twitter tells the tale: Pope Francis’ speech does not sit well with the conservative ‘intelligentsia,'” and “5 new ways Pope Francis is sticking it to the Christian right.”
Francis is solidly plugged into the American Left. In the summer of 2015, community organizers from PICO and SEIU thugs flew to Rome to collaborate with Vatican officials in advance of the pope’s visit, as the National Catholic Reporter reported.
During his visit to the United States, Francis lectured federal lawmakers on the supposed deficiencies of U.S. immigration policy, implying that this country, the most immigrant-friendly nation in the world, treats immigrants badly.
The pope dubiously connected American “sins and the errors of the past” against American Indians with the treatment of immigrants today, imploring the nation not to repeat these “sins” in current dealings with immigrants.
Rolling out the tired, old “we’re all immigrants” mantra, Francis said:
In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants. Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected. … Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present. Nonetheless, when the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbors” and everything around us.
The suggestion that America is anti-immigrant or is not profusely kind to immigrants is a baseless smear. The number of immigrants the U.S. admits has long been completely in line with or higher than other Western nations. The U.S. Department of State even claims this country “accepts more legal immigrants as permanent residents than the rest of the world combined.”
But Pope Francis, an ardent leftist, has an ideological agenda so facts are of little importance to him.