When he spoke about China. I figured there would be some kerfuffle over it all. The biggest problem, of course, was his not calling China out on the carpet over its deplorable human rights record. I know, I know. Liberals will immediately fire back with the millions we've killed in the Middle East, the millions of American Muslims living in fear of rampant Islamaphobia, and for good measure will remind us of the slaughter of Native Americans, slavery, Japanese interment camps, Hiroshima, Jim Crow and Dred Scott.
Nonetheless, the most we can say is that China is no better than the horrors of America and the Dying West. And since we know Pope Francis is willing to call us out on such things, it does make you wonder why he did nothing but heap praise and adoration on Communist China. For me, it's what you do when you are negotiating from a position of weakness. And that's where we are. We're a dying civilization and just about everyone knows it. Those in charge, like Pope Francis, must find ways to move us forward into a world where the civilization that Christianity built no longer calls the shots. And for that, I'm willing to pardon the pontiff.