We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I think that he is a socialist/communist politically and these left wing political activism memes are socialist/communist in their intent and execution. I think that he is a political activist first and a religious leader by chance.
Liberation theology transferred to black and feminist liberation theology and right up to the current gay and tranny liberation theology and working on pedo liberation theology. It is the celebration of being a victim of any given society and therefore not to be held accountable for having any responsibility in their actions. It is expected that everyone else owes them.
There have been a few things that went viral about him that turned out to be translation issues, with people jumping to conclusions. However, other statements have held up even when the context was revealed. As a young man, all those exciting people who were interested in justice that he talked with in the cafes were on the left. He thought they cared about the poor, and became enchanted. Since then it has all been confirmation bias as to who the good guys and bad guys are. He is living in the past. You'd think that would be a good thing in a pope, but in his case he is stuck 50 years ago, not 500.
Assistant Village Idiot
The ultimate goal of the left seems to be creating Heaven on Earth which is really playing God. Isn't that heresy to a real believer?
The Earth neither forgives or holds in contempt. The Earth neither cares nor neglects. The Earth spins, the Earth radiates heat from its formation. The Earth warms in the sunlight and cools in the darkness of space. The atmosphere insulates the Earth to moderate warming and cooling. The water on the Earth cycles into the atmosphere and back to the surface.
The Earth, Nature, cares not whether you live or die. Whether you thrive or suffer. Whether you exist or existed.
You fail to adapt to the Earth, the Sea, to the Mountains, to the Wind, to the Rain, to the rotating winds, you live or die by happenstance. If you adapt, you can increase your chances of survival.
This does it. I'm going to start my own cult. Heck, I live in New England, home of what, 3000 religious startups? Nudity may be required during the six days each year when 1) the sun is at the proper angle for vitamin D production, and 2) it's between biting midge and mosquito seasons, and 3) the weather doesn't suck.
Let me know if you want to join and I'll send you my PayPal address for tithes. (Always admired Protestant preachers who would reach back into the Book of Malachi before passing the plate.)