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By John Zmirak, The Stream, February 10, 2020

John Zmirak is a Senior Editor of The Stream and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism.

Imagine if during this 2020 election season, Pope Francis had hosted Steven Bannon and his European allies as speakers. If they’d given him a platform, flush with bishops and cardinals nodding and applauding. Prelates clapping and smiling at his message. Namely, that the Democrats and their platform were a threat to the human species itself. Well, that just happened, except it was abortion promoting globalist Jeffrey Sachs, warning against Donald Trump. 

Burning Incense to President Xi

Imagine the Vatican had smacked down liberal and even moderately conservative Catholics. If it had pointed out as the model of Catholic politics some right-wing authoritarian dictatorship. There aren’t many left around. So let’s pretend Francis had sent his right-hand man to Putin’s Russia, to tour it and praise it as the best practitioner of Catholic social teaching. Yes, that happened too, except Francis was smacking down free market Catholics. And the dictatorship the Vatican praised was Communist China.

The Litany of the Democrats

Now let’s pretend that Francis had appointed a long list of like-minded allies to major roles in the U.S. church. (Well, he actually did that, but let’s pretend they were different bishops with different views.) Imagine Francis had looked for the most pro-life, free market, pro-gun rights priests in America, even plucking them from obscurity. Then put them in charge of the churches in our largest cities. And then they started claiming that the Church’s teaching lined up, almost point for point, with the Republican party platform. …

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