New Pope Francis documentary

I watched 60 Minutes on April 13th, and their piece “Francis.”

I was amazed by how positive, rah-rah-rah it was, how much this CBS show appeared to have been produced from an awe-struck fan’s point of view, rather than from the perspective of an impartial professional journalist. It begins, “Humility has made the former Jorge Bergoglio a star far beyond the Catholic Church. But don’t mistake his humility for weakness.”

Then journalist Robert Mickens is quoted: “He took the name Francis from Francis of Assisi, who is probably the most beloved saint you know among Catholics and especially non-Catholics. And you know had this great love for the poor, God’s creation, nature, peace. And what we’ve seen is that he lives very radically, very simply rather than some monarch prince or king or monarch pope.”

Then the Pope’s friend, Elisabetta Pique, says of Francis: “A lot of people was afraid. He asked specially that he didn’t want so much security…That’s physical courage in the tradition of the pope’s religious order, the Jesuits, who call themselves soldiers of God. These days, Jesuits are also known for intellectual courage–battling over ideas.”

Returning to Robert Mickens: “He came in at a time when there was a great scandal. There were documents being leaked in the press about financial corruption, cronyism. There were even some sexual misconduct that was in these documents that were leaked. He had a very clear mandate from the cardinals that elected him. ‘Clean up the house.” He’s cleaning with committees of cardinals and lay people, investigating sex abuse, the Vatican bank and reform of the ancient bureaucracy of the Church itself–starting with the executive offices at headquarters known as the Roman Curia–Latin for court.”

According to accomplished investigative journalist David Yallop, writing in In God’s Name: An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I,  really wanting to reform things at the time of John Paul I could have gotten you  killed which, he asserts, is precisely what happened to the pontiff.

President Obama is then highlighted: “He is a wonderful man. He projects the kind of humility and kindness that is consistent with my understanding at least of Jesus’ teachings. His simplicity and his belief in the power of the spiritual over the material reflects itself in everything that he says and does.”

But does this pontiff knows the words of Jesus Christ found in Luke 6:26? “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” This piece should alarm him. CBS is of the world. It is not a Christian broadcasting entity, but CBS likes this leader, likes the Catholic Church. Is it because it is a worldly religion, a worldly Church?

James 4:4 reads: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” Mr. Bergoglio might consider this the next time he is praised by the likes of CBS.

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