God Love ’em, Argentines Just Can’t Help Criticizing Their Pope, by Inés San Martín

When Politics Reshapes the Culture, by Hadley Arkes
July 16, 2019
The Daily Signal: Red States Could Lose Big Because of the Census, Rep. Mo Brooks Explains
July 16, 2019

In this April 6, 2016 file photo, Pope Francis drinks from a mate gourd at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini.)

By Inés San Martín, Cruxnow, Jul 15, 2019

ROSARIO, Argentina – During a 2015 interview, Pope Francis told an old joke in his home country: “Do you know how an Argentine commits suicide? By climbing onto his ego and jumping.”

Yet the pontiff actually left part of that joke out: Beyond being egocentric, people who hail from the “ends of the earth” also believe themselves entitled to their high opinions of themselves, to the point that they question the abilities of Lionel Messi, widely considered one of the greatest soccer players in history.

Francis, history’s first pope from the global south, is no exception to the Argentine rule of thumb.

“He’s too political”; “he doesn’t care about us”; “he’s afraid of the reception he’ll get, that’s why he’s avoiding coming home”; “he’s too leftist”; and even “he’s not Catholic enough” are some of the many phrases people from all walks of life used during Crux’s first 48 hours in Argentina.

They come, respectively, from a security guard at the airport, a taxi driver, a grocery store cashier, and a woman pumping gas at a gas station on a highway towards the country’s northern region.

Read more at  https://cruxnow.com