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Jason Jones is the Founder of Movie to Movement and producer of films such as Bella and Crescendo.

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  1. Rob Schroeder on

    There’s a pretty big problem with critiquing Pope Francis for not “standing up for the real victims” when the author’s list of “real victims” strangely only includes Christians. This reads like a trite recitation of conservative talking points.
    Surely, Christians do face persecution in the Middle East. However, the vast majority of people affected by Syria’s civil war and ISIS are Muslim, most notably. Are we not called to stand up for them, or are they not real victims?
    Likewise, in Nigeria, Boko Haram has terrorized Muslims and Christians alike. Why is only one group the “real victim?”
    Further, this falls on deaf ears for me since CatholicVote endorsed President Trump’s self-declared Muslim ban. In fairness, the author didn’t address this and I won’t presume to note where he stands on the issue. But it seems highly ironic to criticize the Pope for not standing up for the “real victims” while endorsing policies that block “the real victims” from seeking refugee status and/or asylum in the US.

    • Your criticism is nicely cherry picked to serve your preordained slam of Catholic Vote. Surely you know that any list should not be presumed to be exclusive. Also, the number one atrocity and seminal moral issue of our time is child killing, euphemistically referred to as abortion. Those poor people are not Christians, nor Muslims, nor US citizens. The coldness for the unborn is what the nations and the false church will be damned for. God forgive us.

    • Rob Schroeder on

      Thanks for posting these. As always, context matters, and having read your articles, I don’t think my criticisms stand as legitimate anymore.
      To be honest, I just get really frustrated reading Christian-oriented websites talking about the plight of Christians only in places like the Middle East. I feel strongly we should be focused on all people. Clearly, you are. I stand corrected. Thanks for posting the links!

      • Aloha Rob, You may break the internet with your Mea Culpa. I’m not sure anyone has ever recanted a statement made in a comment box in the history of the internet. Toward a culture of life, Jason

  2. MATTHEW 10:15 Christ’s command to the First Apostles to shake off the dust from their feet of the towns that do not welcome them. It will be better for Sodom & Gomorrah than those towns.
    These infidels have already set themselves against His Face so the pope is not obliged to speak on their behalf – their own caliphs & imams should do so. Their rejection of Christ has its consequences & whether or not the pope (in this case a semi-pope of a dual papacy) speaks for them or not, Christ will have the final say. The words “I do not know you” will be heard by many such infidels & anti-Christs when they stand in judgement before Him.

  3. Arthur McGowan on

    And a Catholic is not even obliged to agree with JPII that the death penalty should be practically abolished, or even made more rare.

  4. Arthur McGowan on

    “Further, this falls on deaf ears for me since CatholicVote endorsed President Trump’s self-declared Muslim ban.”

    Since the so-called “Muslim ban” is a total fiction, your point is?

  5. I’m not tracking you-you seem very comfortable here dismissing the content of the piece predicated upon a premise you admit the author did not actually address.

    If you are ill at ease with someone using stringing the words “Christian” and “victim” together, the abortion reference should assuage you-human beings of all prospective faiths are being slain in utero.

    • Rob Schroeder on

      The author alleges the Pope is turning his back on “the real victims.” Yet the author cites examples of “real victims” in which there are lots of victims, but only says those who are Christian in those groups qualify as “real victims.” Obviously, that doesn’t make sense.
      What the author really seems to be getting at is that the Pope isn’t in line with Republican Party orthodoxy.

      • I took it as the author pointing out that Christians (the largest denomination of whom the Pope is nominal Earthly head) are suffering persecution (actual persecution) in various parts of the world and provided additional context for his questioning of why the Pope makes this decision RE: capital punishment a priority at this time.

        I gave his qualification/description of these persecuted as “Christian” a pass as we’re on a Catholic website and the Pope was subject of the piece.

        I think the article certainly transcends domestic politics. I guess my belief is that every single thing in the world isn’t occasion for Trump referendums. We may differ on this.

        Thanks

        • Rob Schroeder on

          Hi Ram:

          I posted another comment above in response to a comment from the author. I believe my original post is in need of correction with further context provided by the author.

  6. This article is duplicitous and perverts the essence of mimetic theory, as Catholic Vote often does, to the detriment of the Church.

    Charles Bellinger, Girard and the Death Penalty: https://lib.tcu.edu/staff/bellinger/essays/girard_death.htm

    “What does all of this have to do with the death penalty? It is clear to perceptive observers of American society that the death penalty as it is practiced in the U.S. is an example of what Girard has described as the need for the state to channel human violence toward an object that can serve as a cathartic release valve for pent up anger, confusion, and pain. In some cases, most spectacularly in the case of Jesus Christ, the scapegoat who is killed by the state or by a lynch mob is innocent. But in other cases the scapegoat who is killed is guilty of a crime. Regardless of whether or not the one killed is guilty, society is acting out of the same psychological need to channel its violence toward an object for the purpose of generating a sense of unanimity and “closure.”

    The truly intriguing implication of Girard’s thought, with regard to the death penalty, lies in his idea that the institution of the state, as a channeler of violence, actually has quasi-religious roots. In the modern world, it is the state, rather than religion, that has taken over the role of managing human culture as a sacrificial economy.”

  7. George Marshall on

    Mr. Jones claims that Pope Francis is headline grabbing while he has done nothing about Nigerian and Middle Eastern Christians, abortion or the German Church. The Pope does not write the headlines nor does he spend all of his time on one thing. A quick internet search shows the Pope has done things on all these issues. He recently equated abortions to a Nazi mentality. He offers no evidence that the Pope’s position on the death penalty, which is not much different than Benedict’s or St. John Paul II’s was taken because of the spirit of the crowd. To say, “All the while, the crucified Christ, whose likeness we see in the most vulnerable members of the human family, remains betrayed and abandoned,” is ridiculous.

    • This has examples of clerics from Francis inner circle appearing to be more concerned with appeasing the homosexual ideology groups than addressing actual victims,

  8. Paolo Romani on

    The autor of this article is blaming Pope Francis because newspapers don’t speak on all his speeches about abortion, persecuted Christians, homosexualism and christians of Nigeria. It’s ridiculous!

  9. Always the easiest yarn to spin in the absence of serious arguments against a man: rant about what he “could” be doing but “isn’t.”

    E.g. What is James Jones doing sitting on a comfortable chair writing an article when there are babies being aborted mere miles away and he could easily be out there praying and sidewalk counseling?

  10. George: That has been an ongoing issue How much of what Francis says/does is filtered through the media. Each organization. has its own agenda. However, previous popes seemed to have had less of this problem.

    And it does seem like he wants to curry the favor of the elite opinion makers. Climate change gets bigger headlines than persecution And he speaks through his friends. Martin saying church teaching can change regarding homosexuality. Honduran bishop friends stealing funds from the local Church.

    • George Marshall on

      @Learning: Thank you for your comments. Mr. Jones concludes that “the crucified Christ…remains betrayed and abandoned” by Pope Francis. He is flat out wrong that Francis has not fought for the issues he listed. You say it seems that Francis wants to curry favor, while Mr. Jones concludes he does. That’s a big difference. But, neither you nor Mr. Jones knows why Pope Francis is doing things. Neither of you know what is in his heart. Nor, do either of you know all the things Francis is doing. He may be doing many things about these issues that are not reported or which he does privately. As both of us said, he does not write the headlines, others do. If he does two things and one garners larger headlines than the other, that is not the Pope’s decision. He, like the last two Popes, opposes the death penalty. There are also examples of the environmentally conscious statements of the last two Popes. An article from Marquette University says that Benedict was called the “green Pope” because of his statements. As far as Fr. Martin’s comments, how do you know he is speaking for the Pope? I doubt he knows everything Fr. Martin says. Pope Francis has not changed doctrine on the matter. I will again say that Mr. Jones is factually wrong in his statements about Francis’ actions. His conclusion that the Pope has betrayed and abandoned Jesus? I will only say that I disagree.

  11. Chris Wagner on

    Public scandal demands public redress, for the sake of confirming the bretheren. That is the main problem with Pope Francis. We see the scandals; we never see the redress. We can only hope that in his prudential judgment to deal with these issues that he is authentically following the guidance of the Holy Ghost. There have been many times throughout history that God gave over his people to a rebrobate mind.

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