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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/pope-visits-romania-20-years-after-john-pauls-historic-trip/2019/05/31/6c5eb55c-835f-11e9-b585-e36b16a531aa_story.html

This is what he has to say in it that I think pertains to all societies:

“Only to the extent that a society is concerned for its most disadvantaged members, can it be considered truly civil.”

Keep that in mind when some Libertarian, anarcho-capitalist or other right-wing lunatic says that society is supposed to be looking out for the rich and powerful.

Also keep note that the Catholic Church’s definition of “most disadvantaged” does not include LGBTQ or women.

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10, New International Version)

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

I was going to post something inspired by a Trump-voting friend who said “The next step is to take the church back from the leftists”, going through how “leftist” Jesus’ preaching is, then saw this:

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/12/03/trumps-america-living-hell-jesus/

And here John is saying very well what I was going to say:

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/12/01/compassion-learned-id-teach-american-christians/
Looks like Antichrist is here and the right-wingers have already sold their souls to him.
May God have mercy on their souls.

  1. Allow members to bully other members. Especially allow church leaders to bully other members.
  2. If your bullying victim fights back, blame everything on them. And make sure to tell everyone else how they viciously attacked you for no reason whatever.
  3. Never grow out of high school. Remember, forming cliques and gossiping about those outside your “IN” group is the perfectly normal way to act.
  4. If you don’t like someone else in church, make sure you let them know every chance you get. Lie about them to others; better still, broadcast your lies to their professional contacts. Ignore them when you’re in the same room or group. After all, your anger, jealousy, sacred state of victimhood or whatever other negative emotions you have are your feelings and you’re entitled to take them out on anyone you like. Especially if it’s an issue that happened decades before, involving no one in the church or organization, in a different state.
  5. If you yourself ever do anything wrong, always blame it on someone else. See item 2.