Since Pope Francis' elevation to the Papacy, the White Power Right-Wingers in America and their Party, the Republicans, have been gnashing their teeth and getting angrier and angrier at Il Papa. Now, on the eve of his visit, Conservatives are threatening to assassinate the Pope.
Conservatives have historically always hated Catholicism. But, in the 1980's Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul II made common cause and hard right-wing views inflitrated and corrupted the Church. Any American Catholic not accepting the vicious right-wing Agenda was a "cafeteria catholic" and a traitor to the faith.
Today, Pope Francis is reversing that trend, pointing out the Church should be helping the poor, speaking out against runaway Income Inequality and Vulture Capitalism, while addressing Climate Change. Pope Francis has also relaxed rules on women receiving absolution for abortions and to ease restrictions on Marriage Annulments.
These changes do not sit well in Right-Wing America. Conservatives love Cut-Throat Capitalism, hate the poor, want Women punished, and are reflexively against addressing Climate Change because Liberals are for it. All of these things hurt people and Conservatives love to hurt people.
But, as with the Rise of Trump, the White Power Right-Wingers are feeling more and more comfortable with demanding their Republican Party, begin to follow through and deliever the U.S. Government back into the hands of the White Supremacists, which has been one of the carrots Republicans have dangled in order to secure the bigot vote.
Sarah Palin complaining that the Pope sounds "too liberal" and the Republicans in Congress pulling a ceremonial bill congratulating the Pope on his elevation to Saint Peter's Chair weren't enough.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner has invited Pope Francis for a one-on-one meeting and this is infuriating to Conservatives. Now, the National Review Online, (the link goes to the Booman Tribune not the odious racist NRO) is trying to craft a narrative to justify a conservative assassination attempt on the Pope. The NRO article basically culls an article by Maureen Mullarkey which proclaims Pope Francis is Mussolini and Peron and notes,
She is not the first, nor should she be the last to notice the violence that lurks within Francis’ rhetoric.Just recently NRO called Bernie Sanders a Nazi because conservatives love to call people Fascist in order to diffuse and distract away from the fact right-wing policies are fascist.
"It’s clear to me that the Code of Canon Law, Canon 915, says that a Catholic politician who publicly espouses positions that are contrary, not just to any teachings of the Church, but to serious moral teachings, should not receive Holy Communion until they recant those positions publicly," Bishop Michael Sheridan responded. "Voters needs a little bit more nuance, because there the question is, are we voting for those politicians precisely because of their positions on those non-negotiable issues? Here is what I would say: It would be very difficult for me to understand how, if there are two candidates quite far apart in their positions on these matters, I could vote for the one who consistently opposes these Church teachings, simply because he might be in favor of a few good things."You see in the article by right-wing drone Terry Jeffrey quoting conservative Bishop Sheridan, was about Vice President Joe Biden, being denied communion under the Papacy of Benedict XVII but of course nowadays with Pope Francis such appeals are ignored by Republican Catholic politicians who simply tell Francis to shut up because they don't want to hear him.
Conservatives are rapidly causing a schism in the Evangelical/Catholic Voting Block which they've enjoyed since the Reagan/Thatcher/John Paul II days.