Doing nothing to dispel chatter of a papal push for a utopian totalitarian nightmare, Pope Francis seemed to suggest that freedom of speech was over-rated in an address he gave this week. Media that stereotype entire populations (like 'Deplorables'?) and journalist fear-mongers are akin to "terrorists," according to Pope.
As the first ever Pope to address a joint session of Congress, he took some shots at the structural evils of free market capitalism and the unequal distribution of wealth. As early as 2013, when he penned his Apostolic Exhortation, in which he laid out his broad vision for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has been clarifying his positions on these topics.
With the subsequent release of his controversial encyclical on global warming in June 2015, he established two pressing themes that monopolized his visit.
Climate change was the focus of his address to the UN General Assembly on September 25, as he kicked off the 2015 UN Summit on Sustainable Development and its seventeen-point utopian agenda for the entire planet, packaged in a thinly disguised reboot of Agenda 21. According to IPS news:
"Judging by his recent public pronouncements – including on reproductive health, biodiversity, the creation of a Palestinian state, the political legitimacy of Cuba and now climate change – Pope Francis may upstage more than 150 world leaders when he addresses the United Nations, come September... The Pope will most likely be the headline-grabber, particularly if he continues to be as outspoken as he has been so far."
Along the way, he has managed to stun even many Catholics with pronouncements about issues that they think should be none of his business. And now, as Reuters reports, Pope Francis appears to be aiming his papal power at press freedom of speech...
Journalism based on gossip or rumors is a form of "terrorism" and media that stereotype entire populations or foment fear of migrants are acting destructively, Pope Francis said on Thursday.
Francis, who made his comments in an address to leaders of Italy's national journalists' guild, said reporters had to go the extra mile to seek the truth, particularly in an age of round-the-clock news coverage.
Spreading rumors is an example of "terrorism, of how you can kill a person with your tongue", he said. "This is even more true for journalists because their voice can reach everyone and this is a very powerful weapon."
Francis, who has often strongly defended the rights of refugees and migrants, said journalism should not be used as a "weapon of destruction against persons and even entire peoples".
"Neither should it foment fear before events like forced migration from war or from hunger," he added.
As was discussed previously, this is another concept taken from the "Apostolic Exhortation" handbook; some suggest it sounds like a call for a revolution.
Pope Francis undoubtedly knows that some of these ideas are not likely to go over as well in the United States as they did in Latin America. Especially as the US Election exposes the disgusting bias in mainstream media. According to the New York Times noted last year,
"As his papal jetliner was returning to Rome (from his recent visit to South America), Francis signaled that he knew his economic message was already facing criticism in the United States and pledged to study it. Some critics blame him for rebuking capitalism with an unduly broad brush. Others say he ignores that globalization has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty."
The Pope also knows, however, that the UN has strong-armed member nations to sign on to an impossible globalist agenda that will require a total shift of the world's wealth, and a restructuring of international politics and economics with a one-world government and a universal religion at the steering wheel. Even to the Pope's admirers, that sounds a less like peace and love and more like a utopian totalitarian nightmare.