As a result of his scathing criticism of "trickle down" economics and income inequality, Pope Francis is not beloved in right wing circles. Rush Limbaugh characterized him as a Marxist. A Fox News columnist, whose reaction to the Pope's world view was "God Help Us," wrote that the Pope "panders to enemies and grievance mongers." (Like Fox News?) Fox's Judge Andrew Napolitano and Stuart Varney have articulated their opposition to the Pope's recent statements on capitalism. And now that Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, it was interesting to see the discussion, on Fox's American's Newsroom, about this man whose views on the economic system are dramatically different from those of Fox News. Put it this way, Fox's resident priest and mouthpiece for the plutocracy, Fr. Jonathan Morris didn't disappoint.
As is common in many Fox "news" pieces, the discussion, at first glance, appeared be diverse and balanced - Jesse Jackson's daughter, Santita Jackson, right wing radio host and Danish pastry lover (and we ain't talking baked goods) David Webb, and Fox priest, Fr. Jonathan Morris. But as is common in many Fox "news" pieces, the propaganda was still an important, albeit subtle, piece of the pie.
Yesterday, Martha MacCallum, one of Roger Ailes stable of conservative Catholic hosts, reported that Pope Francis is Time Magazine's "Person of the Year." In describing how the Pope, has "broken from tradition," she noted that he has made it "clear that he would be working to reshape the Catholic Church [words emphasized] in some ways."
Webb opined that Time chose the Pope because it was the Pope is a "transformative figure" and it is "good marketing." He noted that the Pope is providing a "good image" for the Church. Jackson was "excited" about the choice because Francis reaches out to the poor and "challenges the rich to not redistribute the wealth but to reconstitute themselves and be fair..."
Cue Fr. Morris carefully avoided any mention of Francis' indictment of crony capitalism; but, rather spoke in general terms of how the Pope exhorts individuals "to care about those who are suffering the most" and
"not going up against the rich but standing with the poor." He asked "if this guy can do this for the church at large, what can I do in my own home, in my own parish, in my own family..." (How bout stop pushing right wing lies and propaganda on Fox News?!)
MacCallum alluded to "controversy" over Francis' comments about capitalism which "bristled capitalists and
those who think that's a patriotic way to be." Webb spoke of the "dichotomy" of the church "wading into issues with politics." He advised the Pope to stay away from the politics..." (ROFLMAO, as far as I know, Webb didn't speak out about the US Conference of Catholic Bishops endorsement of Mitt Romney (wink, wink,) and campaign, much of it on Fox News, against Obamacare.) He added
"we need to advance freedom and capitalism has raised more people out of out poverty than any other political system in existence." (Never mind all those who are exploited and abused in the process - those whom the pope is speaking about)
While Morris' agitprop was subtle is was still apparent in his attempt to spin the Pope's message as being about the individual and not the system. Meanwhile the Pope has described unfettered capitalism as a "new tyranny" and asked politicians to assure that all citizens "dignified work, education and healthcare." He described an economy, that focuses on "exclusion and inequality", as one that "kills." He asked how "how can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?" The Pope's comments are directed towards the plutocracy which is for whom and to whom Fox News exists. And that's why Fr. Morris is very careful not to, as the saying goes, defecate where he eats!
All these frauds are nothing but cafeteria Catholics. The catholic church should ex-communicate every single one of them, including Morris, Billy, Hannocchio, Ailes, Shine, Barbie Martha, The Five, etc. A disgrace to the faith.
NOTE TO MORRIS
How many pedophile priests were switched around in the catholic church?
This is you! Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.