The Pope is coming! The Pope is coming! Sound the alarm!
Things will get hot, dare I say hot as Hell, if his visit to South America is any indication.
I like to call him Frank because he is so … “frank.” He minces no words and has little time for idle chit chat. His message is clear. We are stewards of the earth and have an obligation to look out for our fellow beings. Period.
I can’t wait for him to land in Philly and start chatting up Americans.
Given his apology for the way the Spanish invaders treated the native South Americans, I think we might get a few papal observations about our own behavior.
Pope: “Gee, I’m not real sure, but I think the small pox infected blankets you gave to the Native Americans and the Trail of Tears March just might constitute human rights infractions. Maybe even sins.”
“Hahmena, hahmena, hahmena” … that’s the mumbling you will hear coming from our BIA – yes, we still have a Bureau of “Indian” Affairs, not “Native American Affairs” – trying to answer Frank.
Pope: “Gee, I’m not real sure, but I think climate change is a result of human actions. Yes, I know cattle do contribute, but I truly think it’s mostly the result of human activity.”
“Hahmena, hahmena, hahmena” … that’s the collective mumbling you will hear from members of congress trying to avoid eye contact with Frank when he addresses them and they continue their unwillingness to accept scientific facts.
Pope: “Gee, I’m not real sure, but I think your current economic system results in excessive greed and exploitation on a world wide level … it’s the dung of the devil.”
“Hahmena, hahmena, hahmena” … that’s the stumbling response you will hear from CEOs and the oligarchy as they try to justify the negative effects of unfettered capitalism.
And at the end of his visits, Frank always asks that people pray for him. And he adds that if people could not pray for him, they think well of him and send him “good energy.”
Yes, we finally have a Pope … for everyone.