Fox Editor Compares Pope to Obama; Warns Popularity with Liberals Leads to Disaster
A Fox News editor warned his fellow Catholics that they should be wary of a pontiff who can garner such widespread support from liberal audiences and non-Catholics worldwide. In an op-ed published on FoxNews.com, Adam Shaw compared Pope Francis to President Barack Obama and added that Pope’s current surge of liberal popularity “will prove a disaster for the Catholic church.”
Accusing Pope Francis of pandering to the liberal press, he blamed the liberal media for making Francis into a super-hero and radical new voice for Christianity, when in fact Francis was doing the same as every pontiff before him.
“Much is being made of his ‘compassion’ and ‘humility,’” Shaw wrote, “but kissing babies and hugging the sick is nothing new. Every pope in recent memory has done the same, yet only now are the media paying attention.” He continued that the difference is that both Benedict XVI and John Paul II refused to “kowtow to the liberal media.”
Drawing aim at Francis’ recent remarks on capitalism and serving the poor, Shaw wrote that like the U.S. President, Francis is painfully misguided on the ideas of capitalism and free markets.
“Like Obama, Francis is unable to see the problems that are really endangering his people,” Shaw pointed out. “Like Obama he mistakes the faithful for the enemy, the enemy for his friend, condescension for respect, socialism for justice and capitalism for tyranny.”
He also accused Francis of backstabbing his allies while seeking support from the left-wing media, disenfranchising pro-marriage and pro-life groups with his remarks.
“Francis not only panders to enemies and professional grievance mongers, but also attacks his allies,” Shaw said. “Just as Obama snubs Britain and Israel, Pope Francis swipes at practicing Catholics.”
Shaw concluded that Francis is “beating a retreat for the Catholic church” dampening the churches stance on controversial issues and undoing the work of conservative popes that had gone before him.
“My fellow Catholics should be suspicious when bastions of anti-Catholicism in the left-wing media are in love with him,” Shaw said. “Pope Francis is the Catholic’s Obama-God help us.”
In response to Shaw and other conservative pundits such as Sarah Palin who have taken aim at Francis in recent weeks, Tom Krattenmaker, a religion writer for USA Today said the critics are applying American political strategy on a religious figure.
“The pope is not a politician, a media loudmouth or an activist. He is a religious figure, wholly dedicated to representing the Gospel of Jesus Christ as he understands it,” he wrote in his commentary.
He further questioned the need of the critiques to bring politics into discussions of Francis’ actions. The answer, Krattenmaker suggested will probably be found “not in the Vatican but in the mirror.”
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