Pope Francis Calls Christmas a “Charade” As Wars Rage On
In Thursday’s sermon, Pope Francis referred to this year’s Christmas cheer as a “charade” because the “world continues to wage war” and “we do not understand peace.”
“Today, Jesus weeps as well because we have chosen the way of war, the way of hatred, the way of enmities. We are close to Christmas. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes — all decked out — while the world continues to wage war,” he said during Mass at the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican.
This comes a week after Paris was attacked by terrorists, during a current hostage situation in Mali, and a month after Starbucks deliberately removed the Christmas cheer from their coffee cups. I only bring up the “Red Cup Crisis” to make this point: what do you think will get more press when the dust clears? The constant destruction perpetrated by terrorists and anti-terrorists, or some fake and inane ruse to drum up media interest in Starbucks?
If this story catches fire like Starbucks, it’ll be flung around the world and back again, as the Pope is called a Christmas-hater and Yule Tool, while they completely miss the point of his words. We need to stop waging war. Immediately. Nearly every single act of “terrorism” is retaliation for our “operations” in the Middle East. Now, flip that sentence on its head: Every act of war by the United States is retaliation for our “operations” in the rest of the world.
Religion may be at the root of many of these battles, but today, we should all stand with the Pope and take his words to heart:
“What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. Jesus once said: ‘You can not serve two masters: Either God or riches.’ War is the right choice for him, who would serve wealth: ‘Let us build weapons, so that the economy will right itself somewhat, and let us go forward in pursuit of our interests. There is an ugly word the Lord spoke: ‘Cursed!’ Because He said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers!’ The men who work war, who make war, are cursed, they are criminals,” Francis said.
“A war can be justified — so to speak — with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war — piecemeal though that war may be — a little here, a little there, and everywhere — there is no justification — and God weeps. Jesus weeps.”
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