Pope Francis used his Christmas address to praise and glorify illegal immigrants. On a day typically reserved to set politics aside and remember the Christ-child’s birth, the first pope belonging to the Jesuit Order preached Liberation Theology instead of the traditional Christmas narrative.
Liberation Theology, born out of the Communist Revolution in South America and crafted by the Jesuit Order, interprets the Bible through the Marxist lens of class struggle, making the narrative of Christ’s birth, life, and death about identifying with the lower classes. Francis’ so-called ‘Christmas Message’ was textbook Liberation Theology while the Son of God was left out in the cold.
In Pope Francis’ Roman Catholic Church, there was no room for the Christ Child.
In a very brief 865 word address in Rome, Francis addressed an estimated 55 thousand religious pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. His reference to the Nativity account was barely noticeable in a speech that mentioned immigrants three times.
Francis said, “May the newborn Lord bring light to the people of Africa, where persistent social and political situations often force individuals to migrate, depriving them of a home and family.”
Again, Francis mentioned migration, saying, “May the Son of God protect and sustain all those who, due to injustices are forced to emigrate in the hope of a secure life…It is injustice that forces them to ensure unspeakable forms of abuse, enslavement of every kind and torture in inhumane detention camps. It is injustice that turns them away from places where they might have hope for a dignified life, but instead find themselves before walls of indifference.”
And adding a final and triune mention of immigration, Francis declared, “Through our friendship, such as it is, may he draw close to the elderly and the lonely, to migrants and the marginalized.”
Mention of Jesus, his birth, or the Nativity narrative was sparse in Francis sermon.
Currently, the immigration rate of ‘refugees’ to the Vatican stands zero.
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