REPORT: Pope Francis Deeply Concerned about “Dangerous” Alliance between Russia and US
Ever since Pope Francis ascended to the papacy in March of 2013, following Pope Benedict XVI resignation, he has received widespread recognition from the media for his progressive stances and attempts to move the Catholic Church in a more positive direction following the child abuse scandals in the early 2000s. His preaching has been very diverse, tackling numerous topics previously ignored or opposed by the Church. In his initial year alone, he first stated that nonbelievers and believers alike would be united so long as they did good deeds. Next he said he could not judge homosexuals and that females would be getting an expanded role in the church. And finally he criticized the Church’s previous obsession with gays, abortion, and contraception.
All of these actions resulted in him getting Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” award for 2013, but that turned out to just be the beginning. In 2015, Pope Francis visited the United States and gave a large speech on taking action against climate change, even writing up a large document providing a pathway for religious and scientific communities to come together on this issue. This no doubt stemmed from the Pope’s own scientific background as a chemical technician, and it resulted in the Republican Party getting humiliated in the process.
In the Trump era we reside in now, having a voice of reason is necessary for the functioning of the country, especially among organizations like the Catholic Church that are very influential on the Christian demographic. In mid-February of this year, Pope Francis declared that Trump’s plan to construct a wall on the Texas-Mexico border was a sign that he was “not Christian.” In the months following that, there have been numerous controversies affecting the Trump Administration regarding collusion with Russian officials, sparking national security concerns.
With the Senate Hearings done, Robert Mueller conducting his investigation into the matter, and the recent G20 Summit indicating that Trump intends to remain close with Putin, the Pope has chosen to speak on the subject. In an interview with the Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Pope Francis warned about the dangers that came with having a strong alliance with Russia:
“I worry about very dangerous alliances between powers which have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (Syria’s Bashar al-) Assad over the war in Syria.”
As someone who lived through the Cold War, Pope Francis is without a doubt aware of the threat Russia plays in global politics, especially under the reign of Putin’s unstable dictatorship. Having a US President closely associated with them does not bode well for a safe future.
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