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Pope Francis fails intelligence test

9 September, 2023 Saturday
16:57

Every time this Pope makes excuses for his past gaffes, new gaffes come out

If he would just keep quiet, maybe he would look smart, as the proverbial saying goes.

I am reading the Pope's latest explanation of what he meant when he spoke of "great Russia."

Oh God…

“It turns out that the Pope meant "not imperialism, but culture" by "Great Mother Russia," and that tradition and culture, in his opinion, "is never imperialist, never. It always dialogues" 

Can anyone recommend to the Pope at least the classic "Culture and Imperialism" by Edward Said?

However, immediately afterwards the Pope added that culture can become ideology, and then it is poison ("culture is distilled and becomes ideology, this is poison"). But this, as you can see, is not about "great Russia." ))))

And Dostoevsky as an example of "great beauty and depth" (of what exactly? nastiness? meanness? godlessness?) goes without saying.

* * *

As is well known, the dogma of infallibility applies only to the Pope's ex cathedra statements on matters of faith and morals.

“But I would advise this Pope to limit himself to issues of faith and morality in any of his public statements.”

And certainly don't go into history or culture.

Because it's just a shame.

Because you understand that a smart person is not the one who knows everything, but the one who adequately understands what he does not know, and accordingly does not speak out about it in public, especially when hundreds of millions of people around the world listen to his words.

This Pope may be sincere, I fully admit that.

But he fails the intelligence test. Lately, with almost every speech he makes.

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About the author. Oleksiy Panych, philosopher, member of the Ukrainian Center of PEN International, blogger.

The editors do not always share the opinions expressed by the authors of the blogs.

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