The Pope and Rhetorical Affirmation

President_Barack_Obama_with_Pope_Francis_at_the_Vatican,_March_27,_2014 - CopyA person seeking rhetorical affirmation asks a question, usually in a sarcastic manner, to which the obvious answer must be yes. Familiar examples abound:

Does a bear sh*t in the woods?

Is the sun hot?

Is the ocean salty?

There’s a similar question that concerns the leader of the Catholic Church. No particular pope, just any one. You’ve probably heard it many times over your lifetime, snidely retorted by some smart ass or another (if you know what I mean. And I think you do.)

Pope Francis has been in the news ever since he became pope. Quite a controversial figure, if beloved by many, yet seemingly most beloved by folks who are not Catholic but who are progressive and/or globalists. Odd, isn’t it?

Those who are Catholic are often left scratching their heads after hearing some of the teachings and pronouncements of this particular pope. Confusing, to say the least, in that much of what he is purported to have said or proposed doesn’t align at all with what most Catholics have been taught all their lives.

You don’t have to be Catholic, however, to be confused by this guy.

The Pope made a big splash with his encyclical on climate change, singling out “the intensive use of fossil fuels” as a big part of the problem. Yet he himself is seen, jetting around the world, burning God only knows how much fossil fuel, spewing God only knows how much pollution into the atmosphere of “Our Common Home”.

Then there’s the Pope’s unusual attitude–for a Catholic leader–towards gay relationships and transgenderism. “Who am I to judge,” he famously said.

The obvious answer is: He’s the Pope!

Doesn’t he know that by now? It’s his job to judge, in the sense that he’s supposed to lead people on the right path, which entails recognizing and pointing out the wrong path. It was reported that Pope Francis recently

met with, and hugged, Diego Neria Lejarraga, a transgender Catholic man from Plasencia, Spain, after Lejarraga wrote Francis a letter. Though a local priest had called Lejarraga “the devil’s daughter,” at the meeting, Francis told him, “You are a son of God, and the church loves you and accepts you as you are.”

Apparently Pope Francis, being politically correct, accepted this “transgender man” as she is not, given that “he” is a she, made so by God, and so therefore is a daughter of the church, if anything. Head spinning yet?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for compassion, but not for acquiescing to delusions, even if Facebook declares it against “community standards” to believe the science behind the factual biological concept of two sexes.

Heretofore, Catholic doctrine stated that a transsexual/transgender person, even after a sex change operation, remains the sex–the canonical condition-originally assigned by God. Indeed, there was a time that the Church discouraged even ear piercing, as mutilation of the temple of the soul. How much more mutilating is the oxymoronic “sex change” operation?

Now consider the fact that this “transgender man” met with the Pope and brought along “his fiancée,” which begs several questions:

What sex is the fiancée, Macarena? Apparently female.

Where do they plan to marry, meaning in which church? Not disclosed.

Is  it possible to be a “Catholic man” who was born female and who now has a female fiancée?

Did the Pope advise them to be abstinent or did he give them a dispensation for a “marriage” in which the marital act will be lesbian in nature?

How can the church possibly accept them as they are, as the Pope claimed it does?

One has to wonder how donors to the Catholic Church would feel if they knew that the Church paid the expenses for this couple to travel to the Vatican to meet the Pope.

This isn’t the first time the Pope welcomed homosexuals with open arms.  Pope Francis met

with an old friend in Washington, D.C. during his visit, who is now “married” to another man. His embrace of these men and his kisses for them, could be taken as a sign of compassion. After the meeting, his old friend related that the Holy Father did not communicate to him the Church’s teaching on homosexuality or same sex unions so clearly expressed by the previous two Popes. He related that he had felt affirmed by the Holy Father. Loving a person as a child of God is one thing; implicitly approving of a life-style through silence is another matter, one that leaves open the questioning of truth.

The list of confusing, seemingly “non-Catholic” statements made by and behaviors exhibited by Pope Francis is long and growing longer by the day. The list is so long that a person might be forgiven for asking:

Is the Pope Catholic?

A question to which the answer is no longer obvious. What is obvious is that we’re going to have to ditch that question as a clever way to point out that something’s obvious.  We’ll have to use a different question, if we expect to receive rhetorical affirmation. How about:

Would you like another beer?

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92 responses to “The Pope and Rhetorical Affirmation

  1. At this point, I WOULD like another beer. 🙂 Hope y’all are having a great weekend. Isn’t the weather glorious?

    • http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/19/across-america-state-officials-are-rebelling-against-obamas-transgender-bathroom-decree/

      Did you know that this was part of Barry’s decree?

      “may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”

      Therefore, “accommodation” such as is provided for other types of disability (considering this is a mental disability of delusion) is not enough. Disabled people are accommodated by having special stalls. Why isn’t a special restroom enough for the transgender “community”? Why are THEY special snowflakes? Disabled people, so long as there is a disabled access john, don’t get the accommodation of being able to use ANY restroom.

  2. The Holy Father as a lider of the Catholic church should condemned the same sex marriages but as a man, child of the same Creator he can be compassionate to the lost sheep.

  3. Begrudging … WaPo poll:

    Don’t WE JUST LOVE IT!!! …..Trump 46%, ….Clinton 44%

    WTPOTUS …have ATE SH*T …2 GET HERE!!! GOD HELP US

    • But my local paper reports that Hillary is ahead by 3 percentage points. Guess they got things bass ackwards.

    • Europe, if it’s truly NECESSARY due to low birthrate, would be FAR BETTER OFF importing Chinese immigrants. They understand morals, ethics, order, and hard work. Is that a stereotype? Tough. Chinese culture is more in sync with Western culture than is muslim “culture”.

    • “a selfish search for well-being.”

      Say WHAT? Doesn’t EVERY organism in God’s creation engage in a “selfish search for well-being?” If a rat moves away from an electrified grid, is the rat engaged in a “selfish search for well-being?” How about a child who takes his hand out of a fire? Selfish search for well-being? This guy has lost it.

    • That’s quite the interesting story. AND it explains A LOT. If Elijah escaped, good for him. Too many, MOST OBVIOUSLY, did not escape. Look at the Disney graduates. Victims of the powers that be there, meaning the ones who were so front and center in being “friendly” to gay “families”. They were on the cutting edge, weren’t they? Remember all the stories about the subliminal symbols of homosexuality and pederasty in the movies? Methinks some of the Harry Potter kids weren’t so lucky as Elijah was. See this one: https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/05/23/have-you-wondered-how-all-the-young-stars-become-perverted/

  4. 😆

  5. INDIANA …has 4 ….ACTIVE TUBERCULOSIS CASES “NOW”
    O’ ….thanks OBAMA thanks …..U dick !!!-

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/05/breaking-four-refugees-diagnosed-active-tuberculosis-indiana/

    • That’s just one of many diseases imported to the U.S. thanks to Barry. Fortunately for him, he can control the CDC spin. Plus, there’s the added benefit of being able to use each “health crisis” (ZIKA, anyone?) to get more money, more money, more money out of Congress to use as a SLUSH FUND for his pet projects, mostly by hyping crises that aren’t or won’t be. Billions for Ebola. Why not use THAT money? Ebola was a bust, at least here (thank God). IF Zika spreads here, it will and can ONLY BE BECAUSE THEY’RE LETTING INFECTED PEOPLE LOOSE AMONG THE POPULATION, TO BE BIT HERE AND TO THEN INFECT MOSQUITOES HERE, WHICH WILL THEN INFECT OUR POPULATION. They KNOW who’s infected. Are they quarantining them?

  6. ~ Destiny Storm west1890 •

    Can’t let a good disease ….. go to waste. !!!!!!

  7. the ” NEXT STOP ” is PEDOPHILIA – ville

    http://www.theblaze.com/news/transgender/

    • Of course it is. That, and multiple marriages. The muslims will demand it. But as Beck is a Mormon, I wonder where he’ll fall on that issue.

    • “The perverts out there …. are actually targeting women & they
      KNOW …. they get AWAY with IT,” she told ALAN Colmes.

      ALAN COLMES is a SUPER SMILING dick JERK laughs & makes
      FUN….. of ….Anita Staver @ LC.org … check HER…. OUT!!!
      of course HE HAS NO KIDS … So he finds HUMOR in all of this!!!
      I BELIEVE he & many LOVE 2 read the STORIES about this CRAP!

      The blog Before It’s News reported a man who had Been Convicted as
      a Voyeur approached Target staffer Candace Spivey & told her a story about shopping for a dress for his wife.

      But Spivey ….” Recognized the man ” ( MAN WITH CHILDREN????)
      & the story he was telling because he had tried it on HER….. Several years Before when she worked at Another store.
      She turned on her phone camera & videoed him as HE Fled from the store & across the parking lot
      … & (be forewarned about Offensive Language)..<<< what a JOKE!!!

      He Later was Arrested for Reckless driving while fleeing, & reports
      say police now are asking Other Women ….. to Come Forward if
      they …..were approached the same way. !!!! PER- FECT
      IF U SEE SOMTHING …… SAY & DO SOMETHING!!!! GO GIRL GO

      Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/05/the-big-list-of-bathroom-attacks/#9MGFC07sqhsxg8vy.99

  8. Since occupying the White House, Obama has approved the relocation
    of tens of thousands of Middle-Eastern individuals, nearly all of whom practice Islam, to the United States.

    Often they have been “resettled” in hundreds of American cities at taxpayer expense & without the knowledge of city or state officials.

    Obama has praised “immigrants & refugees” as “the nation’s oldest tradition & part of what makes the country exceptional.”

    Read more at http://www.birtherreport.com/2016/05/unearthed-did-obama-admit-to-being.html#ZhkepKVI2QBrutEx.99

  9. ALL about ….OBAMA ?

  10. https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/05/24/portland-public-schools-ban-books-doubting-climate-change/

    They can ban books that teach that climate change is NOT caused by man, but they don’t ban books that indoctrinate children into believing that someone can be biologically a male who “identifies” as female and/or that “gender” is “fluid” and/or that it’s fine for Heather to have two mommies.

    • https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2016/05/23/obamas-transgender-bathroom-directive-is-even-worse-than-you-think/

      Read that one and weep. Look what else Barry’s order commands: college girls can be secretly assigned biological males as their dorm roommates! The “transgender” simply announces his or her new status and viola! It’s “true” and then the school MUST in SECRET treat the person as whatever sex he or she feels like at the moment. Since it’s not a medical disorder, in Barry’s mind, then there’s no way to authenticate the condition. The transgender doesn’t have to PROVE anything. (That’s good for them because physical evidence DISPROVES it!) Since Barry’s orders allow the student to switch genders at will, back and forth, even daily, then how will the schools possibly keep up with re-assigning dorm rooms on an hourly basis? These people are OUT OF THEIR FREAKING MINDS. Surely, we have to say, THIS IS SOME KIND OF MASSIVE JOKE.

  11. MAGIC…Ann Barnhardt is BACK? LISTEN UP ALL MY FRIENDS
    & FOE
    THIS is all TRUTHS … of 2016 … YES IT IS!

    http://www.barnhardt.biz/diabolical-narcissism/

  12. more…sick Sh*T ! YEP left right forward backwards!

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3433940/posts

  13. TARGET .. in the BIG Sh*tter of LIFE …Where IT BE-LONGS??
    DON’T MESS with USA’s BIG BOYS any LONGER ..WE BITE BACK!!!

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/05/target_boycott_has_directly_cost_company_92_billion_in_market_cap_to_date.html

  14. May 25, 2016, 12:24 am
    Report: Ryan close to endorsing Trump ……..

  15. Stocks Gold Silver Land ….BUY UP when PRICES R in YOUR FAVOR
    What a sick women that LUMP of COAL .. HILL is she doesn’t EVEN …
    believe HER-SELF!!! … “LYE” on ….U R so TOXIC …. & worse

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/24/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-populist-housing-crisis/index.html

  16. NEW CLINTON TARGET: Republicans seize on State Department audit, reject Hillary’s repeated email claims ….@ FOX

    GUCCIFER’S PLEA DEAL: Alleged Clinton email hacker pleads guilty
    CLINTON SERVER ‘ATTACKED’: 5 highlights from the State Department
    inspector general report
    VIDEO: Clinton email hacker ‘Guccifer’ to plead guilty
    VIDEO: Audit faults Clinton for email mismanagement
    VIDEO: Napolitano says audit faulting Clinton on emails is ‘huge’
    ……. get the rope??? O’ baby …..they coming 4 U ???

    • It’s unbelievable. Did you see how the Dept. of State tried to COVER for her by going all the way back to Colin Powell and getting him to admit that, yes, he sometimes did what she did, ALTHOUGH since long ago when he was SoS, the rules and policies have been mightily changed and tightened, especially since the world has come to rely far more on the Internet than it did back in his day. What about Kerry? They don’t mention his behavior. So, if he DIDN’T do what Hillary did, then why not? On the other hand, if he DID do what she did, then why do they instead bring up Powell instead of Kerry? Kerry is more recent than she, so why did he seemingly obey the rules while she did NOT?

  17. YEP! …. A WORK-ERS ….PARTY ….now that would be a PARTY
    2 attend …..GO TRUMP GO …UNITE USA …. 4 REAL … WTP!

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/26/presumptive-gop-nominee-donald-trump-republican-party-now-a-workers-party/

  18. ~ Hagar The Horrible Watsa_Matta_You • …^^^^^

    I call it the Trump ‘High Energy’ speech.
    The fuel reserves in America dwarf all other countries.

    Donald Trump Speech at Petroleum Conference in Bismarck,
    North Dakota (5-26-16)

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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