By REY FLORES
Now that the dust has settled from Pope Francis’ little Fiat 500 during his papal visit to the United States, I can reflect on some of what I learned from the entire event.
I learned mainly that most people in America don’t know what the heck they’re talking about when it comes to the Catholic Church, the Pope, and what it all means. Certainly the propaganda news media do all they can to co-opt, distort, or misrepresent who Pope Francis is and what his words mean, further confusing just about everyone, including many Catholics.
It doesn’t help that Pope Francis tends to shoot from the hip and speak from his heart; sometimes his message can be easily manipulated, and it often is manipulated, to fit the narrative of the secular media. It’s almost as though the Pope likes to speak in code, as if all of us were smart enough to figure out what he means to say when he really isn’t saying it.
If the mainstream news propaganda were our only source, they would have had us thinking that Pope Francis had repainted the Sistine Chapel in rainbow colors, made abortion the newest sacrament, and demanded that every Catholic married couple plant a tree instead of having children.
But, as an example of messages that can be distorted, when I attended Francis’ address to Congress, he spoke in no uncertain terms about things like the environment, immigration, and the death penalty. He discussed life and family in fewer words, without the elaboration and definition many of us wanted to hear. … Continue Reading