In a Thanksgiving Day New York Times op-ed, Pope Francis praised tyrannical government leaders for their “great efforts” to protect people from the virus and criticized “exceptions.” He then criticized groups that protested the restrictions and appeared to dismiss the idea of “personal freedom.
From his op-ed:
With some exceptions, governments have made great efforts to put the well-being of their people first, acting decisively to protect health and to save lives. The exceptions have been some governments that shrugged off the painful evidence of mounting deaths, with inevitable, grievous consequences. But most governments acted responsibly, imposing strict measures to contain the outbreak.
Yet some groups protested, refusing to keep their distance, marching against travel restrictions — as if measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political assault on autonomy or personal freedom! Looking to the common good is much more than the sum of what is good for individuals. It means having a regard for all citizens and seeking to respond effectively to the needs of the least fortunate.
It is all too easy for some to take an idea — in this case, for example, personal freedom — and turn it into an ideology, creating a prism through which they judge everything.
On Nov. 26, Pope Francis met with NBA players he invited to the Vatican.
AP– The five players — Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver, and Anthony Tolliver — were joined in the delegation by NBA players’ union executive director Michele Roberts and two other union executives, Sherrie Deans, and Matteo Zuretti.
“You’re champions,” the pope said. “But also giving the example of teamwork, you’ve become a model, giving that good example of teamwork but always remaining humble … and preserving your own humanity.”
The audience was held days before a book comes out in which Francis supports demands for racial justice, specifically the actions taken following the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in May. A police officer in Minneapolis pressed a knee against his neck for minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.
The toxicology report showed the official cause of Floyd’s death was a fentanyl overdose.
“The pope had important words for us: We need to continue to be united, to operate as brothers, like a team, and to set an example for the younger generations,” Belinelli continued. “The key is to remain humble. I will never forget this experience.”
Roberts said Francis sought the meeting with the players, and that it “demonstrates the influence of their platforms.” Demands for social and racial justice have been paramount among players, especially in recent months following the deaths of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among others.
The death of Breonna Taylor sparked a large swath of violence and crime by “social justice warriors” across America.
A grand jury found two of the three Louisville Police officers innocent, after they entered Taylor’s apartment with a search warrant, only to be fired upon by Taylor’s drug dealer boyfriend Kenneth Walker. The third officer was found guilty of “wanton endangerment” for shooting inside the hallway of her apartment.
Police killed Breonna Taylor after her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, used her as a human shield.
Here are a couple of videos showing how social justice warriors in Louisville, KY reacted after the grand jury’s decision:
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) September 23, 2020
Innocent people dining outdoors quickly became victims of the “social justice” warriors.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) September 23, 2020
Brown, in his remarks to the pope, told him about what he, Korver and the other Milwaukee Bucks went through in the NBA’s restart bubble — particularly when they decided to sit out a playoff game against Orlando in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Kenosha County District Attorney’s office in July 2020, Blake is accused of having entered his ex-girlfriend’s home in Kenosha, without her permission, on May 3, 2020, before sexually assaulting her, taking her car and debit card, and making two ATM withdrawals of $500 each. Blake and his ex-girlfriend have three children in common. The complaint can be read in full here. Some readers might find it disturbing because it contains descriptions of alleged sexual assault and domestic abuse.
“We are extremely honored to have had this opportunity to come to the Vatican and share our experiences with Pope Francis,” Korver said. “His openness and eagerness to discuss these issues was inspiring and a reminder that our work has had a global impact and must continue moving forward.”
The delegation did not wear masks during its papal visit. The union later said the group was required to undergo COVID-19 testing before meeting the pope and followed other Vatican protocols.The Pope and the NBA players may not have worn masks during their meeting, but the Pope is a big fan of the peasants having to follow the rules set forth by the ruling class around the globe when it comes to the Chinese coronavirus.
Breitbart – Pope Francis did not address in his op-ed that many groups in America protested severe restrictions in order to save their businesses and their families’ livelihoods.
That was despite, at the beginning of the op-ed, his talking about hardships such as going hungry “because there’s no work.”
He also advocated for changing political and economic systems from before the pandemic, in an echo of leftists in America and around the world.
“God asks us to dare to create something new. We cannot return to the false securities of the political and economic systems we had before the crisis. We need economies that give to all access to the fruits of creation, to the basic needs of life: to land, lodging and labor,” he said.