Will v. Pope

George Will on the Pope, Pope Francis’ fact-free flamboyance (i.e. the Pope’s problem with false witness)

Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert’s indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary. They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak — if his policy prescriptions were not as implausible as his social diagnoses are shrill.

He stands against modernity, rationality, science and, ultimately, the spontaneous creativity of open societies in which people and their desires are not problems but precious resources. Americans cannot simultaneously honor him and celebrate their nation’s premises.

The Lord has given us gifts. There is something strange about a leader of the Church turning his back on those gifts and rejecting what the Lord is saying in offering them.

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