Pope Francis Obscuring The Concept Of Truth In An Address To Media Workers

Pope Francis Obscuring The Concept Of Truth In An Address To Media Workers


In a message for the World Day of Communications, Pope Francis urged media personnel to tell “good news”. Why? The reason is, in his own words, to “work at overcoming that feeling of growing discontent..” Now what is wrong with that? Plenty! Those in the media have the responsibility of telling the plain truth that is free of spin, be that spin “happy” or “sad”. It is NOT the media’s job to “overcome feelings” or instill them or to engage in any kind of emotional manipulation whatsoever. Any “spin”, be it “happy” or “sad”, is a distortion of truth and thus a sin against the Eighth Commandment.

The pope’s message gets worse as we read along, for the very concept of truth itself is assailed. He said (I kid you not) “Life is not simply a bare succession of events, but a history, a story waiting to be told through the choice of an interpretative lens that can select and gather the most relevant data. In and of itself, reality has no one clear meaning. Everything depends on the way we look at things, on the lens we use to view them. If we change that lens, reality itself appears different. So how can we begin to “read” reality through the right lens?

I was going to touch on another related topic in this post, but there’s so much to unpack in that gobblygoop quote that the other topic will have to wait for another post. I’ll do this in bullet format:

~In and of itself, reality has no one clear meaning. What kind of Jesuitical nonsense is that? Reality is truth! It stands on its own, regardless of subjective “interpretation”. Jesus declared that “I am the way, the truth and the life”. That is reality – but now the pope says what Jesus said has no clear meaning? Well, given that this statement seems to be the pope’s mindset, we can see how he justifies Amoralis Lamentia, the “breeding like rabbits” crack and his meddling in the Knights of Malta (that is the other topic to which I alluded earlier)

~Everything depends on the way we look at things. That is the warped underpinnings of the permission given to adulterers to receive Holy Communion because “the way they look at things” they aren’t steeped in mortal sin. A rude awakening awaits them.

~Read reality through the right lens: Now wait a minute! He just said that reality has no one clear meaning! So how can there be a “right lens” for reality? He just contradicted himself big-time!

He did say that for Christians the “right lens” is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Frankly I take no comfort in that. What does he think the “right lens” might be for a Muslim? The koran? How about for an atheist? Either the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Truth for all or it isn’t the truth at all! Of course the Gospel is the truth that stands on its own.

It would appear that Pope Francis does not believe in objective reality. How then can he believe the truths that Jesus revealed through His Church, truths that are the pinnacle of objective reality?

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4 comments on “Pope Francis Obscuring The Concept Of Truth In An Address To Media Workers

  1. ~In and of itself, reality has no one clear meaning.

    ~Everything depends on the way we look at things, on the lens we use to view them.


    If you don’t see reality through the lens of Vatican II, you’re not in full communion!

  2. Mary Richards: Mr. Grant, what angle should I have on Nixon’s visit today? Is it the usual liar, or is it racist homophobe?

    Lou Grant: Well, Mary, you need to get the right lens. In my newspaper days, we’d have a 120 mm lens. When Tricky Dick crinkles his eye, you go with the liar murderer angle.

    Ted Baxter: Lou, what is the reality of the Nixon lead today?

    Lou Grant: Reality? Ted, don’t worry about that. We create the reality. You just read it.

  3. Master Po: What is troubling you, Grasshopper?

    Kwai Chang: I am wondering, Master, can secular journalists in the media work at overcoming that feeling of growing discontent by emphasizing positive stories which will result in truth instead of just more fake news?

    Master Po: Strange are the ways of the illusions of maya in the cycle of karma, are they not, Grasshopper? Could we fit a Shelby Mustang convertible inside an egg roll and hope to hide it from car thieves?

    Kwai Chang: I cannot be certain of the answer to such a strange question, Master. I assume that it would have to be a very large egg roll or a very tiny Shelby Mustang.

    Ron Burgundy: Truth is relative. But for some people, truth is what happened on Saturday Night Live.

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Oh, yes, discussions on the nature of truth in the academy today can be difficult due to the influence of hermeneutics and postmodernism.

    Hans Küng: I have heard that. But I would also like to issue a microaggression warning!

    Ted Baxter: What’s an Enneagram number?

    For Mary Richards, a childless single career woman in 1970s Minneapolis, washing her Ford Mustang while wearing a Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt, as Glenn Frey and the Eagles crooned “Take It Easy” on her 8-track tape player, debates on the nature of truth, the mysteries of Zen, and the progressive modernist obsession with climate change and Enneagram numbers were far from her mind…

    Reverend Neuhaus: That’s my opening….Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but this might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment in modern culture, and Professor Taylor’s secularization theories…

    Kierkegaard: Yes, we should discuss Angst at some point.

    Professor Sartre: Along with the phenomenological analysis of alienation and existential self-estrangement.

    Bob Dylan: Don’t forget the Cartesian dualism of modernity.

    Professor Jürgen Habermas: And commodity fetishism.

    Ann: But what does Geworfenheit mean?

    Elvis: This might take a while…

    Carol Brady: What are you reading?

  4. Lou Grant: This is the situation, Ted. Since 1947 government scientists have been puzzling over the private papers of Einstein, Tesla, and von Neumann trying to back-engineer the free-energy Time Travel teleportation technology of an alien Flying Saucer recovered in Roswell, New Mexico, on behalf of Majestic 12. President Nixon was even forced out of office to keep this quiet for the oil cartels so they can keep making money from gasoline for cars. Now, your job is just to find out where Donald Trump took a pee-pee with some strippers in Russia so big media network conglomerates who believe in climate change, population control, and open borders, can push the Russian blackmail narrative and that Putin hacked the election to reboot Hillary for the Illuminati and Malthusian global socialism in 2020. Any questions?

    Ted Baxter: When did liberals start hating the Russians?

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