Everyone is talking about the new Pope Francis, former Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and there’s indeed lots of reasons to be excited about it.
This is a man that just a few days ago, would take a bus and then
walk into some of the worst shanty towns in South America, on his own.
Even cops have to organize so as to enter by the dozens in these places,
even hundreds when trying to arrest someone hiding there. He would
visit them, baptize children there, help organize soup kitchens and
spend time with some of the poorest, most needy people in the country
while at the same time speak against the government handouts and state
A lot has been said about him in these last couple days. A Jesuit,
humble man that refused to live in luxury when his position would have
allowed him to do so. He lived in a small two room apartment in Buenos
Aires and traveled in bus and train. While of course strongly opposed to
gay marriage and abortion, he’s not beyond helping those that society
sometimes chooses to ignore.
He visited people infected with HIV, washed
their feet as a sign of humility and servitude, he visited the victims
of the Republica Cromagnon fire that claimed the lives of 194 people and
those of the Once train station crash where 51 people died. Pope
Francis, then just known as Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio (he didn’t like
being called Cardenal) criticized the government. In the first
incident, fire exits had been bricked shut or chained closed, clearly
someone had bribed the fire inspector. Regarding the train accident its
well known that the train failed to stop at the station due to breaks
malfunction after decades of neglect by the train company that is
subsidized (and supposedly supervised) by the government. The
relationship between Cristina Kirchner, her late husband Nestor Kirchner
and Pope Francis was “tense” to say the least.
Pope Francis didn’t beat around the bush when it came to calling out
the visible corruption problems in the government and the crime
Argentines have been suffering for years yet the government refuses
still to acknowledge. Many times the then Cardenal Begoglio requested to
meet with Cristina and Nestor Kirchner but was ignored. When he opposed
the gay marriage law, one of Kirchner’s favorite liberal laws, he was
mocked by president Cristina Kirchner, saying he belonged to “medieval
times of the Inquisition” .
Typical of the Kirchner regime, Cristina
sent her lap dogs so-called journalists and politicians against him.
They accused him of collaborating with the military dictatorship that
ruled from 1976 to 1983. This was proven to be a false accusation
without merit and there’s actual witnesses, even victims saying he
helped them during the dictatorship . What was Nestor and Cristina
Kirchner doing at that same time? Working for banks, friends of the
Junta, kicking people out of their homes and flipping them for profit.
Nestor Kirchner’s sister, Alicia, actually worked for the Junta during
the dictatorship, and now holds the position of Minister of Development.
Pope Francis held no special animosity against the Kirchners. He just
called it as he saw it, just like he did when criticizing previous
presidents to their faces during mass, Carlos Menem, Fernando DelaRua
and Eduardo Duhalde. The problem is , authoritarian people like Cristina
Kirchner and her late husband believe that anyone that dares question
them is a mortal enemy.
What this got to do with survival and preparedness?
1) I for one, I am happy about Pope Francis. Not because he’s from
Argentina like I am but because he will no doubt do at least some much
needed cleaning in the Vatican, but also because a lot of people already
see him for the honest man he is. During times like these we all need
all the faith we can get, and the more people there are out there with
strong moral values the better for all of us.
And there’s also a lesson to be learned:
2) No matter how much power you have, don’t make fun of others you
consider beneath you, even if you are the president of a country and the
other guy is an old priest that spends his time helping drug addicts
and people sleeping on the streets. You just never know, maybe one day
that guy with well-worn shoes will become Pope and you’ll have to drag
your sorry %$” over to the Vatican looking for his approval.
originally at http://ferfal.blogspot.ca/
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