Previous Popes have mostly stayed out of politics.
But Pope Francis is an outspoken leftist.
And what Pope Francis said about conservatives will enrage you.
Conservative populism has gained much ground in recent years, and not just in the United States.
Populism simply means working for the people, rather than the elite.
Pope gets political
Recently, Pope Francis sharply attacked conservative populism.
During his homily for the World Day of the Poor, the Pope accused populists of exploiting the concerns of people for personal gain.
“Let us not listen to prophets of doom. Let us not be enchanted by the sirens of populism, which exploit people’s real needs by facile and hasty solutions,” the Pope said.
He accused populists of exploiting fear and spreading conspiracy theories.
“Or again, we rely on some last-minute ‘Messiah’ who peddles wild theories, usually conspiratorial and full of doom and gloom – conspiratorial theories are bad, they cause us a lot of harm,” he said.
Francis went on to say that those who believe what he described as conspiracy theories are straying from God.
“The Spirit of the Lord is not to be found in such approaches: nor is he found by going to a ‘guru’ or in the conspiratorial spirit; the Lord is not there,” he said. “Jesus warns us: ‘Beware that you are not led astray.’ Do not be gullible or fearful, but learn how to interpret events with the eyes of faith.”
Pope Francis’ attacks on conservative populism is the latest sign that he is the most left-wing Pope in history.
Francis is the first Jesuit elected to the papacy.
Traditional Catholics have noted that Jesuits seek to move the Church to the Left on issues such as abortion and homosexual marriage.
Pope Francis has called on nations to enact radical policies to combat “climate change.”
Doesn’t practice what he preaches
While himself being perhaps the most political Pope in recent history, Pope Francis has called on Bishops to be “pastors, not politicians.”
Those comments came as US Bishops debated a policy of denying communion to politicians who support abortion, such as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, who attend mass and call themselves Catholics.
“The problem is not theological, it’s pastoral. How we bishops deal with this principle. We must be pastors, also with those who are excommunicated. Like God with passion and tenderness. The Bible says so,” Francis said.
Of course, denying pro-abortion politicians communion isn’t political, it’s simply following long-held Catholic doctrine.
Abortion is murder and a mortal sin.
Receiving Holy Communion in a state of unrepentant mortal sin is itself a mortal sin.
But to Pope Francis, anything that upsets the Left is apparently inappropriately political, while he sees no issue with pushing left-wing policies and openly attacking conservative movements.
With the direction the Church is heading under Francis, it will soon be recognizable.
Not surprisingly, many conservatives have left the Catholic Church in recent years.
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