Who is Pope Francis?

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Updated 3/21/13:

First, a story that we covered last week, but we didn’t cover it like the rest of the media. We didn’t cover it wall-to-wall. They covered it wall-to-wall, but it was only about an inch deep. The media was making a spectacle out of the pope last week. No one really talked about what this really means for you if you are a Christian and somebody who believes in self-government, maximum liberty, and maximum responsibility. What does the pope – what side is he on?

If you’re somebody who believes in charity but not charity as defined by a government where they force you through taxes, if you know the meaning of liberation theology and you don’t want social justice as it was practiced when it was trying to overthrow the church in South America in the way Jim Wallis means it. Who is he?

This guy at this time is either going to be John Paul, who helped free the world from Communism, or he could be, and I hate to use this example because I don’t necessarily agree with what people say but, Pius XII, who some say collaborated with the Fascists and the Nazis. Which one is he? Because it would probably be one or the other because of the time that we live in now.

Well, the media took their usual tact of just hitting only their hot-button issues. The white smoke had barely cleared, and then they began defining the new pope as vigorously against gay marriage, fervently anti-choice, and I love this one, but he’s also “less energetic, however, when it came to standing up against Argentina’s military dictatorship during the 1970s.” Oh, and I love this one, too – he also testified on “the military junta’s systematic kidnapping of children, a subject he was also accused of knowing about but failing to prevent.”

Now, the media also told us within five minutes that he has something to do with liberation theology, and I love this quote, “the unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin” and real problems. Oh, no. Which is it? I mean, because I don’t know. The pope’s all one of these two things. Pope Francis is either a conservative bigot who four decades ago loved dictatorship so much, he only loved that slightly less than the systematic kidnapping of children, or Pope Francis is a Marxist radical who was in on subverting the church through liberation theology.

You know, I watched TV last week and I thought, Boy, you know what we need? We need a network that would, I don’t know, wait, do their homework, and then give us the truth. That’s what TheBlaze is going to do tonight, give you the truth. We waited. We did our homework, and we have lined up a few people that can actually tell us what all of this means.

Pope Francis was dubbed the “Pope of Hope” on Twitter, and that is exactly what the world needs now, because the world is on fire or about to be. There is going to be a new Axis and new Allied powers. Do you remember the old alignment from World War II? That was the Axis power, the evil power, and then this was the ones that fought against it in World War II.

I will tell you that – make this prediction out loud – in the next five years, there will be a country in Europe that is run by the Nazis. Five years ago, I said that, Hey, the Nazis were going to come up. That was crazy. Now I will tell you within five years, and I think it will be sooner than that, a country will be a part of this again.

The new lines have not been drawn yet, but we’re working on the show, I think for next week or the week after, where we’ll show you exactly what’s growing, where it’s growing, but you know about the radicals Islamists, the Muslim Brotherhood. Sharia law is spreading throughout the Middle East, but up in Europe, politicians have lost credibility on all sides. Europeans are now throwing their support behind the Nazis we’ve told you, the Golden Dawn Party, gaining more seats in Parliament. It now is, I believe, up to 28% approval rating, and those two things will be the new Axis power, anyone who is anti the Western way of life, the free market, capitalism, anti-Israel. And it will be supposedly pro-democracy and social justice. Okay, but who’s on the other side?

Start with social justice here. I know social justice quite well. Remember, those are the two words that brought down the wrath of almost every church on the planet when I said on the radio, social justice, you better find what that means and run. Let me make the same statement that the media never reported on the first day that I said that, and that is Social justice as practiced by Jim Wallis and Jeremiah Wright is dangerous. Social justice as practiced by most Catholics, most Baptists, and most people of religion, where it is connecting with your heart and choosing as an individual to help those in need, that’s good. But which one does the new pope practice?

First, let me dive deeper into the difference between the two. Social justice can be used, and liberation, and all of this stuff, can be used for good and bad. Hitler actually, believe it or not, rode into power on social justice. It’s a classic tactic for the extreme left – you stir the masses, you get the bottom to rise up so the top can come crashing down. Hitler was actually talking about Jesus before he was elected, but he was only doing it because everything was out of control, and then as soon as that happened, then that Jesus thing – That guy was an atheist if not just out and out a Satanist.

It’s the oldest Marxist trick – you come in on something that means something good and you pervert it, and by the time people figure out what it is, it’s too late. It was perfected in South America, where it really becomes insidious because it merged with religion to overthrow the religion. You’ve heard me talk about black liberation theology, and that’s what Obama’s Pastor Reverend Wright preaches and just about everybody he surrounds himself with. It is Marxism poorly veiled as religion. That was born out of liberation theology which began back in 1968 at a Latin America Bishops’ Conference – think of this – where they proposed to combine the teachings of Jesus Christ with the teachings of Karl Marx.

Now, you often hear leftist politicians quote Jesus to support massive government redistribution of wealth programs, right? It puts the focus on the faith. You don’t focus on the saving grace of Jesus; instead, you focus on the way the government can fix liberating people from unjust economic or political or social conditions, social justice, a decidedly Marxist principle and evil. This happened in South America, exactly where the new pope is from, and so when you hear the words “social justice,” when you hear the words “equality,” “economic justice,” “fairness,” “income inequality,” “labor,” “struggle,” “redistribution of wealth,” all of these things, if you know what they mean can absolutely be Marxist or Communist in nature.

But social justice can be good. Equality is great. Economic justice – okay, maybe. Fairness, income inequality – maybe. Labor – you should work. Struggle – yes. It builds us. Redistribution of wealth – no, no. Redistribution of wealth and Capitalism, they’re one or the other. Capitalism – I believe redistribution of wealth is really only Marxist, and Capitalism can only be used, true Capitalism, not Statism, Capitalism, it can fall into the hands of evil, but it also can lift people out of poverty and squalor. It’s like jihad – it’s either evil or it’s about a struggle to make things better.

You have to investigate these words, and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve spent the last week really looking into this pope and looking into these words. And we’ve assembled a couple of people here, three or four people that I think can help you understand is he a good guy or a bad guy, and I think you’re going to like the message here. The media looked at this pope and within ten minutes saw things like lack of equality, social justice, why he’s just like us. Uh huh.

We need to know exactly what he means by those things. We need to know, does he practice what he preaches? That’s an important one. It’s really not too hard to spot a fraud on things, because a real leader will lead by example. Progressives don’t. Dictators don’t. They tell you how to live your life, and then they do something different. Let me give you an American example – in fact I’ll give you three of them. President Obama told the American people that we are in a time of crisis, and so we all have to tighten our belts. Do you remember?

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President Obama: When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize.

Got it? Prioritize. Prioritize and tighten your belt. Now, he shut down the student White House tours and threatened to cancel the White House Easter egg hunt because of the sequester cuts. That’s him tightening his belt. Quite honestly, you can keep the White House closed forever and the White House Easter egg hunts I could care less about, but that’s how he’s tightening his belt. But is he really living it? Is he concerned about saving every penny of taxpayer money he can? And is he walking the walk himself? He’s telling us we have to as families – don’t go to Vegas, yet his family keeps going on very lavish vacations with and without him.

Taxpayers last year spent $1.4 billion on the Obama family, $1.4 billion, and I get it, he needs security, but is it too much to ask to at least have him vacation with his own family at the same place at the same time? I mean, Michelle is in Spain. Their daughter is in Mexico on spring break, and he’s spending millions of bucks, you know, golfing with Tiger Woods. That golf game a couple of weeks ago cost $1 million in your hard-earned money.

It is so blatant that even his adoring fans in the press have recently questioned him about his lavish lifestyle.

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Report: How does the president justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense, and does he plan to cut back on his travel?

Jay Carney: I can tell you that this president is focused everyday—

Okay, stop. What he can say is, Do as he says, not as he does. Same thing for Michael Bloomberg. He passed strict idling laws. We told you about ’em this week. Next three months, he paraded around New York City with a fleet of SUVs that idled for hours at a time, all the time, and when confronted, his solution was to have people strap an air-conditioning unit to the outside of his car. He can get around it, but you cannot.

Same thing with Al Gore. He tells everybody cut back for the sake of the earth, yet he owns multiple energy-consuming mansions, yes, mansions. This green warrior has a 20 – look at these mansions that Al Gore lives in. Really? His father was a senator, and then he was a senator and a vice president. How does he have this? One of his mansions consumes 20 times the energy of the average American home. Now, his response when confronted with irrefutable fact that he is a hypocritical energy hog, he says, “I think what you’re seeing here is the last gasp of the global warming skeptics. They’ve completely lost the debate on the issue so now they’re just attacking their most effective opponent.” No, no, Al, no.

Pretty sweet mansions for a guy who by the way has also been accused of just getting rich off of this global warming scheme, but he says, remember, I am putting every penny, every penny I have into nonprofits.

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Al Gore: I believe that the transition to a green economy is good for our economy and good for all of us, and I have invested in it. But every penny that I have made, I have put right into a nonprofit, The Alliance for Climate Protection.

Okay, so it’s all for a nonprofit, and maybe he’s telling the truth, I don’t know. I haven’t looked at his taxes. And you know, maybe he’s just buying all of those houses, you know, with the money he earns from, I don’t know, selling TV networks to the sworn enemy of America. Anyway, the point is on those three examples is a strongman, a dictator, a Fascist, an Uber-Progressive, will always fail to live the life and practice what he preaches.

So how does the pope live? Where does this pope stand? Which side of social justice is he on? Does he see liberation theology as a goal or a problem? How about Capitalism? Does he see wealth inequality as something caused by rich not paying their fair share, or that people all around the world have lacked the heart now to see the need for charity, personal charity, so their hearts are going to need to be changed? Is he a guy who says the rich just isn’t paying their fair share while he dresses in only the finest Italian tailor-made clothes and shoes, and lives in a palace?

Let me tell you, we’ve been planning this show for a while, and I’ll tell you, one of my first glimmers of hope was this picture that came out on Saturday. Look at his shoes. Now I know he wasn’t the pope, but I think they could’ve gotten him a new pair of shoes if he wanted one. These are real shoes. These are people shoes. These are not pope shoes. Does this pope see Jesus as someone who believed big government was the answer, or does he believe as I do and I think you do that Jesus was a radical transformationalist and the radical transformation was of the individual?

Bible-quoting leftist like Jim Wallis will twist the Scripture to fit their Marxist ideology, but that’s where Communism and liberation theology go wrong every time. Jesus came to change hearts, not government laws.

If the pope believes in collective salvation, if he worries about the collective and fails to speak about the individual salvation, individual empowerment, individual responsibility, individual potential, then there is trouble. But if he recognizes the individual and then leads by example and demonstrates how you change the world not through a big government but you change the world by being more kind, more gentle, more humble, we will see one of the best popes, I believe, in the Catholic Church’s history, and we just might see a man who’s not on our side but on God’s side. Tonight, the perspective I don’t think you’re going to see anywhere else but on this network, TheBlaze.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephan.bruno Stephan JackofClubz Bruno

    Glenn Beck is back on the Fear Porn again.

  • Pamela Peltonen

    Too early to tell

  • Anonymous

    I hope that this Pope truly divorces himself from politics. I have thought that this guy is either one of the greats, or a character in the Book of Revelations. I hope that he is a common man who has risen to power. The fact that he rode in an open jeep, says at least to me that he is not living in fear. The fact that he touches people, and stays on the level with his brothers also says that he is more in keeping with the work of Jesus. I do like the name he took. The name of a man who was never a priest. A man who lived with the poor, and sick. A man who never set himself above others. In fact, St. Francis came from a wealthy family, and did not hate wealth, he just gave it up himself. He did understand that it could be used to benefit others, however, there is no indication that he hated those who were wealthy.

    The name Francis as chosen by this new Pope, may also serve another function. Those who are familiar with history will know that the Franciscan Order was the only order in Christianity, that Islam allowed to maintain Christian sites in the Holy land, based directly on the work of St. Francis, during the Crusades. Therefore, this pope may be instrumental in extending a hand to the Muslim world. Just thinking allowed.   

  • Anonymous

    I just wasted ten minutes watching the video in this thread.  That’s my fault, but it’s interesting how Beck can continually and  shallowly predict the worst in people to feed the fears of his audience.  This article, on the other hand, is food for though:

    http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/articles/media/2007_03_19_New%20Republic.pdf

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    It is better than the gay porn you posted here a few months
    ago before you got your ass kicked out. 

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Really saying I don’t where the new Pope stands is fear mongering. Maybe you should look up the definition before you make stupid comments.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Pope Francis may or may not be a Marxist but you have to give the guy credit for practicing what he preaches. It is refreshing after years of dealing with Al Gore Obama Michel Moore Hollywood stars and Marxist governments getting rich off their people while very little gets back to them.

  • Anonymous

    “People all over the world celebrated differently. In Rome they prayed. In Dublin, they sang. In New York, they chugged super-sized Mountain Dews.” –Jay Leno

  • Anonymous

    Here are some of the points Beck makes in this stupid video: 1) A Nazi country will emerge in Erope. 2) Europeans are supporting the Nazis. 3) Nazis and Muslim radicalism will be the new axis power cloaked as pro-democracy. 4) Social justice will be used to trick people into an insidious Marxism. 5) Leftists will use Jesus as a model for government promotion of social justice.

    Then, Beck jumps all over the place from Obama’s vacations and Gore’s nice house to somehow conclude that they’re both fascists. The implication seems to be that the Pope might use the lessons of Jesus as a road to Marxism. If you don’t think that kind of simplistic good-vs-evil crap isn’t fear mongering, you’ve been brainwashed.

  • Anonymous

    Here are some of the points Beck makes in this stupid video: 1) A Nazi country will emerge in Erope. 2) Europeans are supporting the Nazis. 3) Nazis and Muslim radicalism will be the new axis power cloaked as pro-democracy. 4) Social justice will be used to trick people into an insidious Marxism. 5) Leftists will use Jesus as a model for government promotion of social justice.
    Then, Beck jumps all over the place from Obama’s vacations and Gore’s nice house to somehow conclude that they’re both fascists. The implication seems to be that the Pope might use the lessons of Jesus as a road to Marxism. If you don’t think that kind of simplistic good-vs-evil crap isn’t fear mongering, you’ve been brainwashed.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    How is calling your liberal leaders hypocrites translates into calling them fascist? Also it would not be the first time Europe showed hate for the Jews.

  • Anonymous

    Good question. Why would Beck use Obama and Gore’s as examples of fascism. Beck specifically says the point of the examples he gave, i.e. Obama and Gore, is that “a strong-man, a fascist, an uber-progressive will always fail to practice what he preaches”.

    Gore is an exceptional businessman. He was on the board at Apple and a senior advisory at Google. He founded two investment banking firms and co-founded a TV network. Instead of praising his skill at capitalism, Beck calls Gore a fascist. How ridiculous.

    This Nazi strain Beck refers to is the Golden Dawn party in Greece. The group’s popularity reflects the anger in Greece over austerity in the form of anti-immigration rhetoric. It’s not aimed at the Jews specifically.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Yah really wanting the rich pay the more than half of their money to government is not Marxist sure what eve you say nut job. Wanting the power to kill without trail yah that not fascist idea at all. Telling people to pay their fair share when not giving their own money to the poor and to be more green and the throw more CO2 in the atmosphere than Godzilla burning Tokyo is not being a hypocrite. I am so glad we got blind Obama worshipers telling us the left are saints and the right is the anti-Christ.

  • Anonymous

    1) The rich are paying half their money? You ARE delusional. The real tax rate of the rich is 19-24%. If your Romney or Buffet rich, it’s more like 10%. Ever hear of loopholes? Do you know we have the lowest tax rates since the 30s? Eisenhower rates were 90+%! The MIDDLE CLASS is giving 40+% in tax because they’re not rich enough for loopholes.

    2) Wanting to kill a terrorist before he kills Americans is OK with me. It’s totally absurd to think the government is contemplating killing Americans for civil crimes. Boy, Beck has really messed with your mind.

    3) Not giving your money away is not fascism.

    4) I don’t worship Obama. I think.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    1 the tax rate for the rich is 35% and with the bill Obama approved would jumped that 39.9% gee nearly their numb nuts and Obama talked about it getting higher before he is done. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/us/politics/senate-tax-deal-fiscal-cliff.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
    2 the department of home land s said that anyone that is tea party prolife or anyone that disagrees with Obama is a potential terrorist. Of course you liberals still ignore facts. http://michellemalkin.com/2009/04/14/confirme-the-obama-dhs-hit-job-on-conservatives-is-real/
    3 how many times dumb ass do I have to tell you calling someone a hypocrite is not calling someone a fascist. Definition of a hypocrite: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.
    Now fascist often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.
    Now tell me dumb ass how is calling someone a hypocrite which most of your heroes are Fascist?
    4 yes you do you liberals love to parade him as a lord and savior.

  • Anonymous

    1) Still the lowest tax rates since the 30s. Obama wants the rate to go to near where is was under Clinton, which was partially responsible for a surplus at the time. Even Reagan voted to reverse his cuts when they were too low. Even Bush Sr. raised rates even thought the country “read his lips”. How do you suggest paying for two wars. Bush Jr. was the first president in history to go to war, put it on a credit card, and reduce taxes. Didn’t quite have the effect of economic prosperity conservatives predicted, did it? Face it, if this society votes in leaders that send its young soldiers to war, have prescription drugs paid for, let Wall Street do whatever the hell it wants, have the best health care, and a safety net for the poor…SOMEONE HAS TO PAY FOR IT! Stop your whining and take responsibility for what this country has voted for. The problem with you Beck-bots is that you do a lot of complaining except for the benefits this country offers. The population overwhelmingly wants social security, fair treatment by insurance companies, etc, but bitches when they get the bill.

    2) More right-wing paranoia. Your wasting your time worrying about something Holder clarified during Paul’s brilliant political stunt.

    3) Your argument is with Beck for using the word fascist with regards to Gore and Obama. YOU may call them hypocrites. Even so, it is not hypocritical for Gore to not give more to charity when he doesn’t preach giving to charities. It is not hypocritical for Obama to take vacations while wanting to pay the debt down and sustain medicare and social security in part by raising rates to even less than Clinton era levels.

    4) I’m an independent, liberal on some issues (eg., social security has increased the quality of life for elderly and I believe any decent society should have a safety-net for the poor and disabled), conservative (eg. the cost of social programs are to high because of abuse and who doesn’t like lower taxes), and librarianship on some (eg. the government should have less global intervention and has no business regulating people’s personal lives on issues like gambling, alcohol, marriage, etc.). Yes, I think Obama is smarter than his predecessor, but he wasn’t my first pick and I could site a number of flaws with him.

  • http://twitter.com/nutts2020 nutt

    “A classic tactic of the extreme left” – Glenn using Hitler as an example. Of extreme left. The Truth lives here, folks…

  • Anonymous

    Like a demented evangelist, Beck predicts some new Nazi/Muslim axis of power centered somewhere in Europe (Greece I suppose) all being cloaked as pro-democracy.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    1 you’re a moron try to stay in 2013 and not 1930 which that was then with big progressives running the country also have you forgotten the great depression that lead from liberal ideas of punishing the rich. Second I don’t take hind out nor do I think people should pay for me. Tell me where does it says the rich should pay high tax rate for being smarter than you liberals.
    2 something Obama did not clarified and the last time I seen Holder lives up Obama’s ass and would do his bidding instead of standing with the Constitution.
    3 Al Gore did say the rich should pay their fair share which means giving money to the poor which means he is a hypocrite for not doing so.
    4 independent I had not seen one independent thought come out of your post since you started this war on Beck.

  • SoThere

    Sam, Landree’s a hate monger who thinks blacks have low IQ’s and anyone who is religiouse is ignorant.

    He’s a racist and a bigot and you will never get through his thick scull. You’re wasting your time, he’s a typical liberal.

  • Anonymous

    Eisenhower was a big progressive? Our high tax rates came from paying for WW2 dummy.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe Jesus advocated any particular style of government.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    I think your right he is so boring anyways.

  • Anonymous

    When gore said the rich should pay their fair share, was he talking about taxes or charity. If it was taxes, has he not paid his legal obligation?

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Oh liberals can’t see the hypocrisy of the left.

  • Anonymous

    Social justice began in the Catholic Church in
    Latin America in the 50’s. It has no Biblical basis.

     

    However, the best way for Pope Francis to give
    the world Hope for meaningful improved Church social Justice is to quickly
    require all male clergy sworn to celibacy to prove their commitment to Christ
    by a new Sacrament of castration,
    and all female clergy the Sacrament of Oophorectomy.     

     

    Removing these glands no longer needed
    for clergy greatly reduces the amount of the hormones, testosterone, estrogen
    and progesterone circulating in the natural body. This can halt or slow health
    risks and Church expense, lawsuits, child endangerment and embarrassment that distracts
    from the Churches true mission.

  • Hunter DeRensis

    Glenn, Hitler wasn’t an atheist. He did believe in God. 

  • Philosopher 21st century

    Bible is basically a socialist communist manifesto of Jesus Christ!