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Francis and Madero

Just couldn’t pass this one up. With 216 days to go until the Stealth Sex Synod of 2015, Deus Ex Machina goes into Francis’ back yard. Over at Time via the Drudge Report, we get these words from the bishop of Rome, Francis: (see here) [emphasis added]

He quoted his namesake, St Francis of Assisi, in calling money the “devil’s dung,” according to Vatican Radio. “When money becomes an idol, it controls man’s choices,” he added. “It makes him a slave.”

And the whole time, I thought money was: (see here)

Money is any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a particular country or socio-economic context. The main functions of money are distinguished as: a medium of exchange; a unit of account; a store of value; and, perhaps, a standard of deferred payment. Any item or verifiable record that fulfills these functions can be considered money.

Sounds like money is just an objective measure of value… But I digress…

But there is another, larger and more practical point that needs to be made.

After the “dog in the fight” Francis had in the Greek election (see here) turned out to be a total disaster, another one of Francis’ political proteges is on the brink of another economic disaster, this time in Francis’ back yard: Venezuela. (see here)

As the finances of Venezuela continue to deteriorate under the collapse of crude oil prices, the government of President Nicolas Maduro is becoming more paranoid and vindictive.

Hmmm…. This sounds familiar. I’m thinking “FFI and their alleged Lefebvrian drift…”

And what is behind the paranoia of el presidente?

Venezuela derives the vast majority of its export earnings from sending oil overseas. With the largest endowment of crude oil reserves in the world, the oil-driven economy worked well for the late Hugo Chavez: hy provided generous support for the poor, and built allies in the western hemisphere by dispensing cash and cheap oil in exchange for political allegiance.

Hmmmm. This is beginning to sound very familiar. I’m thinking the German Bishops’ Conference and all the financial aid that the German church has been providing to build allies feed the poor in the universal church. And now the “certain expectations” (see here) and all that. But let’s read on…

But state-owned PDVSA has struggled to keep production up. Rather than using its earnings to develop more fields, much of its earnings have been diverted for political and social projects. Chavez also purged PDVSA of thousands of experienced workers, leaving the company short of well-trained staff.

Hmmmm….. OK, now this is really becoming familiar. I’m thinking of the competent bishops removed, such as bishops Livieres, Olivera, George (yes, he was removed) and Jean-Marie le Vert. (see here) But let’s read on…

However, the utter bust in oil markets pulled the rug out from beneath the Venezuelan economy. Inflation is running at an annual rate of 68 percent. Shortages of food and medical supplies are common. Shoppers at grocery stores need to submit finger prints to ensure they are not purchasing more than their allotted amount of basic goods. A confusing set of varying exchange rates and currency controls are doing very little to slow capital flight.

Hmmmm…. More familiar themes. I just so happened to come across a story where a diocese is doing its own survey to see how “many wallets” will be left in case the Francis/Kasper “hate theology done on the knees” will be implemented. (see here) Might have to ration those breakfast communion wafers in the not to distant future?

OK I think I get it. There does appear to be a very strong parallel between the strongman President of Venezuela and our very own bishop of Rome Francis. To sum up the similarities, the operative words are: “economic failure”, “lack of respect for money”, “repression” , “vindictiveness”, “incompetence” and “populism”. And I probably missed a few.

And just so that we understand how close Maduro and Francis really are, here is the relevant passage (given after Maduro’s last trip to the Vatican): (see here)

But on Monday, Chávez’s successor, President Nicolás Maduro, said he’d had an “extraordinary” meeting with Pope Francis, where the two men talked about poverty, politics and peace in South America.

And there is no reason to doubt comrade el presedente Maduro when he says that his meeting with Francis was “extraordinary”.

And from Francis’ side, i.e. the Jesuit Amerika, here is how the bishop or Rome is trying to keep the morale of el presidente up and not to mention help him retain power: (see here)

The only good news for Venezuela since the strife began was the announcement by the Vatican in late March that it was “willing and desirous” to help broker a solution, which it is now trying to do. “I urge you not to get stuck in the conflict of the moment,” Francis wrote in April as talks got underway. While he recognized “the restlessness and pain,” he called for “reciprocal recognition and respect.”

Ah yes, trying to keep another tyrant in power. But like they say, birds of a feather… But I digress…

And just on a final note, just to show you dear reader how paranoid and delusional some of these friends of Francis are, here is how the thinking goes for why Venezuela is in the mess that it is in:

Maduro’s pronouncements have become more paranoid as the economy has worsened. He has accused Vice President Joe Biden of being the mastermind behind a plot to oust him from power, and questioned whether President Obama was aware of that fact. On February 2 President Maduro had the head of a major retail chain arrested for conspiring against the state by creating long lines at store locations that Maduro said was “irritating the people.”

Biden a “mastermind”? You got to be kidding.

And surely Obama doesn’t know. Surely…

Just like Francis doesn’t know what card. Baldisseri and Fr. Volpi are doing either. Because if he did, surely he would do something about it…. But back to the story.

But then again, if one believes that it is the devout seminarians and the Faithful Catholics that are the problem in the church today, than you no doubt will be ready to believe anything.

Including the notion that Joe Biden has a brain.

Boy, I’d hate to be in Joe’s shoes the next time he comes up to that communion rail! I know card. Wuerl will have a few choice words for him.

UPDATE Tuesday 3 March 2015 01:07

Pope to Venezuelans: Work Together for Common Good, Dialogue (see here)

Pope Francis is urging Venezuelans to pull together for the common good of their nation after the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy during an anti-government protest.

What more needs to be said?