The Pope is always one of the most highly respected people in the world, at least in recent years. Everyone loved Pope John Paul II. It seemed like everyone loved Pope Benedict XVI, and most Catholics respect Pope Francis, though he is a bit different than the most recent popes who preceded him.
Many folks would definitely say that Pope Francis has been one of the more liberal popes that the Roman Catholic Church has had.
Over the last few years, some thought that he would be stepping down from the papacy over health issues, but that hasn’t been the case, at least not yet.
He has also said some controversial things, and he’s gained the spotlight once again over his most recent remarks regarding the entire world.
Yahoo News reported,
Regarding the environment, Pope Francis contends we “must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behavior.”
He warns: “Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence. … We have no such right.”
For Pope Francis, economic destitution and environmental destruction are symbiotically linked. “Climate change is,” according to Pope Francis, displacing people, increasing poverty and “contributing to the heart-rending refugee crisis. The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact.”
Pope Francis emphasizes globally there are a series of “profoundly interconnected crises” in “the areas of health care, the environment, food supplies and the economy,” not to mention regional wars, “social, humanitarian and ethical crises,” all calling for a “new vision,” to “rethink the future of the world,” and establish “a renewed sense of shared responsibility for our world.”
Most recently in May, Pope Francis urged his audience, “We cannot live with the economic pattern that comes from neoliberalism and the Enlightenment. Nor can we live with an economic pattern that comes from Communism. We need … a Christian economy.”
There are people who believe that the papacy and specifically Pope Francis may be the antichrist, they would also be suspicious of him trying to institute any sort of government or economic system throughout the world because some people believe that is what will happen in the end times.
Is he calling for a New World Order, or is he calling for a more charitable government?