This morning I was much perplexed to read an Abbeville Institute post supportively comparing "Pope" Francis' concerns for the environment and the excesses of capitalism, which he voiced to the US Congress, with the values of the traditional South. I was like, "Um, you know Francis praised Abraham Lincoln in that same talk, as quoted by the L. A. Times:
Francis on Lincoln: “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the guardian of liberty, who labored tirelessly that 'this nation, under God, [might] have a new birth of freedom.' Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity.”
Oh, yes, Lincoln, that guardian of liberty who suffered so much that Pope Pius IX wove him a crown of thorns. No, wait! He wove that crown of thorns for Jefferson Davis, not Lincoln! And didn't Lincoln winning the war give America a new birth of industrialism and pave the way for the military industrial complex?
Actually, the issue is not whether it is Catholic to be "green", it's what priority to give it in the face of much more pressing topics, such as abortion, gay "marriage", and Catholic "divorce".
Luckily a friend who is visiting Richmond texted me a photo this afternoon of Jeff and Varina Davis' headstone. Their daughter had it erected with this inscription:
"Whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."
"Lord, keep their memories green."
Talk about getting priorities straight!