Pope Francis has received a lot of attention since becoming the head of the Catholic Church earlier this year. Many know him as possibly the most progressive Pope the Church has ever had, and he tries to live his life modestly. So many people love him for a number of reasons, including many non-Catholics, but he does have some critics.
Pat Buchanan, well-known conservative political commentator and author, is one of those critics. In a recent syndicated column, Buchanan had a lot to say about the Pope’s more progressive views on the church and the issues it faces.
“His Holiness seeks to move the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war for the soul of the West,” writes Buchanan. “There is a small problem with neutrality. As Trotsky observed, ‘You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.’ For the church to absent itself from the culture war is to not to end that war, but to lose it.”
Buchanan essentially says that by not speaking out against homosexuality, abortion, and other hot button social issues, Pope Francis isn’t doing his job as leader of the Catholic Church.
“’Who am I to judge,’ Pope Francis says of homosexuals. Well, he is pope,” asserts Buchanan. “And even the lowliest parish priest has to deliver moral judgments in a confessional.”
Buchanan also blasts the Pope for his stance against actively trying to convert new Christians. Pope Francis recently said that proselytizing is “solemn nonsense” and that Christians need to listen more to others rather than lecture them. Buchanan doesn’t like this perspective and claims that proselytizing must happen in order to keep Christianity alive.
“Our civilization is being de-Christianized,” claims Buchanan. “Popular culture is a running sewer. Promiscuity and pornography are pandemic. In Europe, the churches empty out as the mosques fill up. In America, Bible reading and prayer are outlawed in schools, as Christian displays are purged from public squares. Officially, Christmas and Easter do not exist.”
While Buchanan’s claims cannot be proven using any facts whatsoever, it’s clear that he feels Pope Francis is adding to the perceived downfall of Christianity. Still, many see the Pope as an honest, loving man who tries to live his life as Jesus would instead of getting caught up in the political side of leading the Catholic Church.