Tale of Two Christmas Messages

2019 December 26
by bc3b

Church Militant contrasted Boris Johnson’s Christmas Message with the one given by pope Francis.

Johnson’s address was mostly upbeat, talking about the birth of Jesus Christ, but also about the persecution of Christians and how he, as Prime Minister, would work to end it.

Francis’, on the other hand, was anything but joyous speaking to the Roman Curia a few days prior to Christmas. He took the opportunity – as he often does – to attack people, in this case traditional Catholics, whom he labeled “rigid” and “imbalanced.”

LONDON (ChurchMilitant.com) – The U.K.’s prime minister recently delivered a Christmas message denouncing Christian persecution and stating that “[w]e stand with Christians everywhere,” days after Pope Francis gave the Roman Curia a Christmas greeting warning against “rigidity born of the fear of change.”

A priest and former seminarian professor who preferred to remain anonymous told Church Militant Boris Johnson’s message was positive and hopeful for Christians, while the pope’s was negative and disheartening.

“Christmas Day is, first and foremost, a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ,” said Johnson, adding: “It is a day of inestimable importance to billions of Christians the world over.”

He used the occasion to remember Christian persecution throughout the world and state his resolve to defend the right of Christians to practice their faith in peace.

“Today, of all days, I want us to remember those Christians around the world who are facing persecution. For them, Christmas Day will be marked in private, in secret, perhaps even in a prison cell. As Prime Minister, that’s something I want to change,” said Johnson.

“We stand with Christians everywhere, in solidarity, and will defend your right to practice your faith,” he added.

The pope, meanwhile, told the curia, “We are no longer living in a Christian world, because faith ― especially in Europe, but also in a large part of the West ― is no longer an evident presupposition of social life.”

He talked about the mystery of Christmas pointing to humanity:

The gospel always brings the Church back to the mysterious logic of the incarnation, to Christ who took upon Himself our history, the history of each of us. That is the message of Christmas. Humanity, then, is the key for interpreting the reform. Humanity calls and challenges us; in a word, it summons us to go forth and not fear change.

Building on this theme, the pontiff said, “Here, there is a need to be wary of the temptation to rigidity. A rigidity born of the fear of change, which ends up erecting fences and obstacles on the terrain of the common good, turning it into a minefield of incomprehension and hatred.”

“Let us always remember that behind every form of rigidity lies some kind of imbalance,” he continued. “Rigidity and imbalance feed one another in a vicious circle. And today this temptation to rigidity has become very real.”

USA Today published an article on Christmas Eve titled “Christians are being persecuted around the globe. That’s the real war on Christmas.” The article cites a report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom that found Christians are being persecuted at the highest levels in Burma, the Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

The pope failed to mention the plight of Christians worldwide — but he did mention the suffering of refugees and immigrants.

“The Church is thus called to remind everyone that it is not simply a matter of social or migration questions but of human persons, of our brothers and sisters who today are a symbol of all those discarded by the globalized society,” he said, adding that the Church “is called to testify that for God no one is a ‘stranger’ or an ‘outcast.’ She is called to awaken consciences slumbering in indifference to the reality of the Mediterranean Sea, which has become for many, all too many, a cemetery.”

Hat tip: Church Militant

14 Responses leave one →
  1. 2019 December 26 10:43 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Every US Husband’s Excuse: “At least I’m not George Conway.”

    https://freebeacon.com/men-of-the-year/2019-men-of-the-year-kellyanne-conways-husband/

    Something else in your favor versus George: At least you’re not pushing 400 pounds.

  2. 2019 December 26 12:17 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    It’s sad when two world leaders who have a sordid history of womanizing have far more interest in ending abortion and Christian persecution then the pope.

  3. 2019 December 26 1:09 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    Womanizing is a failure of personal moral character whereas the Pope is pursuing an agenda, pushing change on others in violation of their morality.

    We can choose to forgive the womanizer, or not. To acquiesce to the Pope’s actions means to effectively join forces with him in his agenda.

  4. 2019 December 26 6:17 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Something to behold I guess — https://www.wnd.com/2019/12/biden-claims-debt-unemployed-court-finds-2-5-mil-hollywood-home/ — How can a guy like Biden making the money he did, have blown it all? And we have yet to find his money connection to China yet. Can’t have blown it all on drugs, he would have been dead long ago.

  5. 2019 December 26 6:23 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Really good post.
    Excellent juxtaposition

  6. 2019 December 26 6:26 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Yep the FISA court was ‘in the know’ on faulty applications —

    “But that could have just been a smokescreen to avoid getting heat on herself and the courts as it has now been found that the courts were notified of the issues with the applications beginning in 2016.

    NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers made it known to the court that there were issues with the way the NSA was complying with minimization procedure.”
    https://thefederalistpapers.org/opinion/fisa-court-neck-deep-surveillance-trump-campaign-knew-application-issues-report

    There’s the soap box, then the ballot box and finally the jury box. But if all that fails what’s next? Where does Carter Page go to get a fair trial for restitution and reputation? Do any of us?

    By the way. The VA Guv has padded the VA correctional budget in anticipation of the need for gun arrests. KH, they will go further still it appears.

  7. 2019 December 26 6:54 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

  8. 2019 December 26 7:23 pm
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    5 – Hookers, gambling, and blow?
    7 – And it actually made plenty of news at the time… and nothing was done.
    RE:VA had some nuts and bolts discussions recently with someone in the know, whatever the gov does he pretty much can’t and will not using the va guard for it.
    9 – Presently burning thankfully.

  9. 2019 December 26 10:34 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Is there anything that can be done to support Virginians?

  10. 2019 December 26 11:55 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Jim,

    There is a VCDL donations page — https://www.vcdl.org/Donate Contribute to the org, not the PAC.

    They are attempting to get 10,000 people to the VA capitol in January. They are coordinating buses, need funds.

  11. 2019 December 27 6:16 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Hmmm — https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/putin-makes-move-libyas-oil-crescent — Dog’s pipeline theory?

    I have previously claimed that Putin’s real aim in the ME is the pipelines. The test was, would Putin attempt the gambit in Libya, which when I made the bet was flames up in revolution. Could be the above is his first step.

  12. 2019 December 27 8:27 am
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    drdog09 permalink

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