Pope Francis has received a rather unusual gift from Bolivia’s first indigenous president Evo Morales during his visit to Latin America: a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle, the Communist symbol of the union of labour and peasants.
The 78-year-old pontiff drank the trimate – a tea of coca leaves, camomile and anise seeds – on the flight to Bolivia from Ecuador to alleviate altitude sickness. La Paz airport sits at 4,000m above sea level and for health reasons the Argentinian pope will be in the city for about four hours only. The pontiff lost part of one lung to disease when he was younger.
Pope Francis praised Bolivia for taking “important steps” in social security and to include the poor in the political and economic life of South American poorest country.
Morales, an anti-clerical champion of indigenous rights, has taken decisive steps to empower Bolivia’s 36 native groups and embed their rights in the country’s constitution. The president has also acted to change the constitution in 2009, making the Catholic nation a secular country and removed the bible and cross from the presidential palace when he took office in 2006…
MHFM Comment: There’s more shock and wonder as Antipope Francis just received a totally blasphemous Communist hammer and sickle ‘crucifix’ from the wicked President of Bolivia.
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While it’s certainly just to be outraged by such a thing and to comment on it (since the antipope did not – contrary to reports – rebuke the president, of course), it’s pathetic that so many false traditionalists and false conservatives get worked up about something like this yet they aren’t fazed basically at all by Antipope Francis’ blatant denial of Outside the Church There is No Salvation and numerous other defined dogmas. His denial of those dogmas more clearly proves that he’s a heretic and not the pope than something such as receiving the Communist crucifix. Yet, they hardly care about the former and go ballistic about the latter. It’s another example of how they value externals and impressions over substance. God rejects such people. A true Catholic, of course, recognizes the problem with both.