During last Sunday’s First Day show on WSGW, I cited this write-up from University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole detailing how, despite everything being said, the Pope is a traditional conservative pontiff:
Pope Francis opposes contraception, including the homely condom, as well as abortion and same-sex marriage. If he has asked who he is to judge gays, he was doing so as an individual, not as a church administrator. The stance of the church he leads is that homosexuality is a sin and gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry. (Jorge) Bergoglio has called adoption within gay marriage wrong and criticized the leftist Kirchner governments of Argentia as “demagoguery, totalitarianism, corruption and efforts to secure unlimited power.” [- sorry, this passage was garbled by omission of some phrases in the original publication and corrected 9/25 -ed.]
He opposes ending the practice of celibacy for priests. He is committed to patriarchy and opposes progressive nuns’ demand for recognizing them as autonomous actors in the church. To get an American politician with these views you’d have to go to Rick Santorum.
Well, many on the Left are outraged over the news that Francis met with cultural conservative heroine Kim Davis during his Washington, D.C. visit last week. Davis, of course, is the county clerk from Kentucky who chose to champion discrimination by refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. The Supreme Court last summer decided the Constitution protected the civil rights of gay people to marry.
According to her lawyers, Davis and Pope Francis had quite the meeting:
Mat Staver, Davis’s attorney and the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told The Post that Davis and her husband, Joe, met privately with Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington last Thursday afternoon. The meeting was brief, lasting less than 15 minutes, Staver said.
The pair chatted about bravery, then hugged and exchanged promises of prayer, according to the Liberty Counsel.
“He held out his hand and she clasped his hands and held them,” said Staver, who did not attend the meeting between Davis and the pope.
Davis, Staver said, told Francis “she would pray for him. She asked the pope to pray for her, and he said he would pray. He said to ‘stay strong.’”
The pope “spoke in English the entire time,” Staver said. A Liberty Counsel news release said Francis thanked Davis for her “courage.”
Liberals were outraged:
If pope did meet w/Kim Davis it undermined all he did in downplaying gay issue, reveals priorities. All a show.
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) September 30, 2015
It doesn’t surprise me that Pope Francis would give his support to someone like Kim Davis because he and Davis are on the same wavelength. That’s what I tried to argue last week. The Pope is conservative because Catholic Church doctrine is socially conservative!
As for his economic criticisms, Professor Cole is correct in saying the pope isn’t advocating major governmental programs to aid the poor. On the contrary, Pope Francis is advocating for old-fashioned philanthropy.
His conservative philosophy is prevalent even with his environmental concerns. The pope sees human beings acting as stewards of the environment. That’s a very conservative edict, according to Cole.
In conclusion, I will submit that if Pope Francis truly cared about the poor, he would try to change his Church’s stance against contraception. The less unintended pregnancies, the less poor children needing help. But that’s apparently a liberal philosophy.
Instead of shaming him, conservatives should be lauding him.