Pope Francis is the poster boy for Muslim-backed group

Pope Francis is the poster boy for Muslim-backed group, by Tess Livingstone.

Hundreds of posters praising the Pope have been put up around Rome, sponsored by an organisation funded by Sheik Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, where sharia prevails.

This Pope, who replaced the previous Pope after what appears to be something of a coup (rather than waiting for the Pope’s death, as is usual and as per canon law.), is staunchly PC — speaking out for the globalists on cliamte change, calling for no borders (while enjoying huge walls around his own enclave and taking no “refugees”), and approving of Islam.

Disgruntled Romans Launch Protest Against Pope Francis: ‘Where’s Your Mercy?’ by Thomas Williams, from February.

Romans woke up Saturday to find their city plastered with hundreds of posters criticizing Pope Francis’ heavy-handed governance of the Church.

After making a name for himself as an open-minded, grandfatherly figure with an emphasis on mercy over doctrine, Pope Francis has undertaken a series of ostensibly harsh measures that have left many observers scratching their heads in perplexity.

The posters that adorned the city of Rome Saturday bore an image of the pontiff along with a list of his alleged recent misuses of papal power, including ignoring cardinals, removing priests and “beheading” two Catholic organizations.

Having placed great stress on mercy since the beginning of his pontificate, Francis has found himself particularly susceptible to the criticism of a certain double-standard, since he has reserved his most strident invectives for conservatives, labelling them rigid, doctrinaire and legalistic. In recent times, he has increasingly passed from words to actions, including notoriously twice demoting conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke—the former head of the Church’s highest court—and firing Vatican clerics who allegedly criticized the Pope in private.

The series of moves have led some critics to speak of an “ideological purge” being carried out by Pope Francis.

Controversial reforms of Pope Francis may destroy him, by Tess Livingstone.

Yet again under this extraordinary pontificate, the peculiar has triumphed over the predictable, as it did a few weeks before Easter when Pope Francis put on a sheik’s robe, a gift from Iraqi political and religious leaders, who joked they had promoted him to “pope sheik’’.

“How bizarre, when thousands of Christians are being killed,’’ a well-informed non-church-goer in Rome said.

Equally bizarre was Francis’s insistence, in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements in February, that “Muslim terrorism does not exist … there are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions’’. However sincere his commitment to inter-religious harmony, it comes at a time when more than 300 Christians a month are being killed, 700 injured and 200 churches destroyed.

Apart from North Korea, nine of the 10 worst countries for persecution were Muslim. Francis made the persecution of Christians his special prayer intention last month. But in view of upheavals caused by mass migration to Europe, his April prayer intention is more problematic — a call to young people to be “protagonists for change’’ and “mobilise for the great causes of the world’’. The video accompanying the message shows a young European woman helping refugees off a boat.

In Western and developing nations, Christian unity and tradition, which have underpinned democracy with a belief in the dignity of every human being, the rule of law and the separation of church and state, has rarely mattered as much. Islam is on a growth spurt, set to become the world’s largest religion by 2070.

After four years, dissatisfaction with Francis has emerged not only from traditional and conservative cardinals but some who backed him at the last conclave. Recently, The Times of London reported that: “A group of cardinals who supported the election of Pope Francis are worried that his controversial reforms are leading the Catholic Church towards a schism and are planning to appeal to him to step down’’. He would be unlikely to do so.

There is, however, a fragmentation within Christianity’s Mother church that is causing concern. Significant political, economic and theological issues are in play. Some of the current “causes’’, mainly of the green-Left variety being promoted by the Vatican, for example are highly controversial.

hat-tip Stephen Neil