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NUNSENSE! More Fake News from Pope Francis 

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NUNSENSE! More Fake News from Pope Francis 

I wonder what it would take to shut down the Vatican’s fake-news feed. An example: Ever since he got over the wall, Pope Francis has been telling the world that the Catholic Church – before he arrived on the scene, of course – had more or less neglected the poor and certainly cared next to nothing about those suffering on the peripheries of society.


By way of comparisson, Francis, on the other hand, cares about “the poor”. I mean, he really, really, REALLY cares about the poor!  

I'm not the only one to suspect that he’s actually trying to bury Catholic doctrine beneath a bucket of sanctimonious word vomit in service of the Globalist agenda. If you’re going to build a Brotherhood of Man, you start by pretending to solve humanity's most obvious problems, such as poverty – something that has never and will never be solved. It is also predicated on the "fact" that poor people can’t possibly be happy, and until they are happy, you are a selfish pig for thinking about selfish spiritual things, such as selfishly trying to save your immortal soul. It’s religion’s equivalent to white privilege.  

Now, by today’s standards, I certainly grew up poor. There were eleven people living in my childhood home... and only one bathroom. Five of my sisters shared a single bedroom. We never had a new car, and we lived on fish sticks and ground beef (to which my mother added copious amounts of Quaker Oates so that my father and his nine children had enough).

Anyone with even a basic understanding of history knows that the Catholic Church cared more about “the poor” than any other organization in the history of the world.

We didn’t have a TV, we shopped at garage sales, our clothing was all hand-me-down stuff, we never left our home state for a family vacation (much less the country), and I never had a new bike in my life. And guess what? We were deliriously happy.  We grew up feeling badly, in fact, for the few lonely rich kids we knew (or knew of) who'd ended up on drugs, in broken homes, and even suicidal.

Granted, God is good, and we had a roof over our heads. Many do not. But being poor only brought us closer to God, not further removed. And, today, the 150 children and grandchildren of my poor parents are all practicing Catholics. So, yeah, I’m not sure being poor was the worst fate that could've befallen us.   

Certainly, Francis must know this about poor people, since most of the saints were poor, too.  But that doesn't curb the incessant papal palaver about the Church's singular lack of concern for “the poor” up until now.  This obsessing over “the poor” is yet another means of exploiting one group in order to promote the less noble agenda of another.  Historically, it has been the bread-and-butter of anti-Catholics. Most recently, the "Church of the Poor" has become the battering ram for certain Modernist attacks on the Church’s historic dedication to honoring God in every way known to man, including by giving Him riches such as gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Nice try, Francis, but the Catholic Church has always been a Church for the poor. Poor people so loved Holy Mother Church that they built her greatest cathedrals. From Mexico City to Paris and Chartres and London and Munich, back to Buffalo, New York and beyond -- the people had no money, but they gave all they had to help erect magnificent monuments to their love for Almighty God and His Blessed Mother. And the last thing on earth they would have wanted was for anyone to sell the ornaments of their cathedrals to finance the nanny state that Francis and his Globalist friends have in mind.

“Ah, yes,” the Lunatics of Davos tell us, “we’re building a New World Order for ‘the poor and marginalized’ who require Equity, Inclusion, and Vaccines if they are to be productive and happy global citizens!” Yeah, right! 

The Catholic Church invented the hospital system, built the school system, organized the first missions, manned the original orphanages and soup kitchens throughout the whole world.

They’re doing it “for the poor,” don’t you see – sort of like how Hillary Clinton always worked her political witchcraft “for the children”.   Judas, by the way, was all about “the poor”, too:

Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.   Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray him, said: “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the purse, carried the things that were put therein. Jesus therefore said: “Let her alone, that she may keep it against the day of my burial.  For the poor you have always with you; but me you have not always.” (John Chapter 12, v. 3-8)

Francis wants to tear down as “triumphalism” the entire Church of the past, so that he can build a Globalist “Church of the Poor” which, in fact, is precisely what the Catacombs Pact is all about.

Anyway, enough about Judas. Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of history knows that the Catholic Church cared more about “the poor” than any other organization in the history of the world. The Catholic Church invented the hospital system, built the school system, organized the first missions, manned the original orphanages and soup kitchens throughout the whole world. She sent her best and brightest into leper colonies, wildernesses teeming with human-sacrificing pagans, and into unexplored new worlds where many met horrible deaths.  

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For two thousand years, in other words, the Catholic Church knew a little something about “the poor” and, quite frankly, Francis should be ashamed of himself for pretending to care more about the poor than did the great apostles to the poor of the past -- men and women such as St. Vincent de Paul, St. Catherine Drexel, and a thousand saints from all over Christendom who started whole orders of missionary priests and nuns to care for “the poor”.

In other words, it was the Catholic Church that so valued the abilities of women that she commissioned them to in effect rule the world by forming the future of every country in Christendom.

These thoughts came to me recently when I stumbled upon a 2017 BBC article called “How Nuns Changed the Workforce.” What struck me is that just a few years ago, even the radically Leftist BBC was still allowed to talk about what the Catholic nuns had actually accomplished, albeit from the perspective of a feminist author. 

I wonder if the following article would fly over at the BBC today with Pope Francis – the most Catholic-bashing pope in history – haranguing the world about how, finally, the Church has gotten over herself enough to care about “the poor.” These days, if the BBC were to say anything at all about the nuns of the past, it would likely be to “expose them” as an army of sexually repressed Catholic women who, for a thousand years, were in the business of sexually abusing indigenous children. And when it comes to that kind of vicious fake news, Francis is leading the charge.

So, here’s to the sisters – the real ones, the ones who taught me when I was a kid, the army of selfless Catholic women who taught the whole world – including the poorest of the poor – how to read, write, know, love, and serve God in this world so that they could be happy with him forever in the next.

Here are a couple of highlights from 2017 when even the Catholic-bashing BBC was still forced to admit some of the truth about these amazing women.  It’s called “How nuns changed the workforce” and it was written by BBC Correspondent Flora Derounian of the University of Bristol:

nurse nun1Getty Images Nuns have played an important role across the globe, particularly when it comes to service, education, and care work. (Credit: Getty Images)

The importance of nuns' labour has been downplayed for centuries, exemplifying the misconception that women's work is less valuable than that of their male counterparts.

"The prioress of my needlework school called me and said, 'listen, I must return to Rome … but if you're thinking about taking vows... '. I had never breathed a word about wanting to take vows, but hearing those words, it was as though something exploded inside of me. Since I became a nun no one has held me back."

So runs the story of one of the Italian nuns I interviewed earlier this year, as part of a wider investigation into the unsung contributions of women workers, and why they have been historically undervalued. My research took me to Rome, the "panting heart of Catholicism", to the headquarters of three convents, to talk to nuns about their work from 1939 to today, and to assess how they understand themselves as professionals.

Becoming a nun is not often associated with women’s emancipation. But it did offer an interesting career option for women. Working for the Vatican, one sister I spoke to was responsible for carrying secret messages between embassies: "As a diplomatic courier, I have been to all of the countries in the world, except one."

She was fluent in five languages, had been director of an international school in Pakistan, and – she proudly told me – was a champion high jumper in her youth.

But Catholicism in the 20th Century saw the world of work as fraught with dangers for women, and could only reconcile female professionals with the notion of them entering professions in a wider spirit of religious charity and sacrifice. Nonetheless, many nuns in this time showed themselves to be incredibly capable and industrious.

Other interviewees had founded communities in rural Burundi, housed victims of civil war, and set up pharmacies in the Pakistani desert. Many others had taught in schools, cared for the elderly, worked with drug addicts, or given communion and comfort to the dying.

nun nurse2Becoming a nun is not often associated with women’s emancipation, but it did offer an interesting career option for women. (Credit: Getty Images)

The testimonies I collected shared many commonalities, the most striking of which is the contrast to the existences of most other women living in the epoch between 1947 and 1965, otherwise known as “the era of the housewife” …

To become a nun is one of the oldest career choices for women. In the period following World War II, nuns accounted for 23.4% of the unmarried female population in Italy, and in 2010 there were more than 700,000 sisters worldwide. Rarely in the limelight, nuns have played an important role across the globe, particularly when it comes to service, education and care work.

This is in relative contrast to their male counterparts in the Catholic Church. There are far fewer monks worldwide, and they are more likely to be focused on contemplation, cutting themselves off from the world. Yet, the number of nuns to be beatified is about 10% of the total – mostly male – saints. . .

Nonetheless, as with many women, nuns' valuable work has long been overlooked and its importance ignored…

Similarly, the professional character of nuns' labour has long been downplayed through the emphasis that is placed on its emotional nature. Nuns must be experts in managing their emotions – whether this be in squashing or conjuring feelings. For example, when caring for the poor and the sick, always putting others first.

This requirement to display emotions that suit their organization’s needs is common among other professions that are dominated by women, such as care and education. We see this in the UK with the government’s current 1% cap on increases to nurses wages, a significantly female-dominated profession. Though, of course, for nuns, emotional labour is also a religious requirement. The Bible entreats Christians to "clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience".

Nuns provide a unique example of female labour. They exemplify the often extraordinary, but undervalued, work that women perform. . .

Here we have a feminist and a module tutor in sociology at the University of Gloucestershire and a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, inadvertently blowing one of the foundational falsehoods of Vatican fake news right out of the water—that the Catholic Church has been sexist for a thousand years or more. Flora Derounian is openly admitting that, for a thousand years or more, precisely the opposite was true – that the Catholic Church was entrusting her most important institutions of formation and education to women. In other words, it was the Catholic Church that so valued the abilities of women that she commissioned them to in effect rule the world by forming the future of every country in Christendom.

— Daughters of Charity at student nurses capping ceremony 1953 —capping ceremonyDid You Know: The nurse's cap originated in the early Christian Era as a head covering for women who cared for the sick. Catholic nuns were the first women who became nurses, and the original nursing caps resembled the long veils of the habits worn by the nuns. They helped to keep long hair out of a nurse's face and limit the spread of germs. During the 1800's, head coverings evolved into the more familiar white cap that was used up into the 1980s.

So, I’m not really sure what Professor Derounian means by “undervaluing Catholic nuns.” Nothing could be further from the truth, and this was evident and obvious to all even just a few years ago.

When I was a child, for instance, nuns were everywhere revered and respected since they’d educated entire generations of us for hundreds of years – including presidents, priests, movie stars, actors, popes, and kings.  And, by the way, the nuns had kept everyone alive, too, in their Catholic hospitals. Here in St. Paul, Minnesota, for example, all the hospitals in town were Catholic. And decades before Francis came around, everybody knew that when the going really got tough, the poorest of the poor went to the Catholic Church for help. 

Just as the history buffs also knew that, historically speaking, Catholic nuns had been instrumental in founding major cities all over the world, from Quebec, Canada to New Orleans, Louisianna:

Simply put, the nuns made the world go round for a thousand years, before the Church of Accompaniment put them on a bus and sent them packing. May God have mercy on our world at war with everything good and beautiful by restoring to us the civilizing and Godly influence of the powerful women of the past who helped shape our civilization and who taught millions of us the meaning of life.  

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.