|Juan and Evita Peron|
Pope Francis speaks of an invisible force that steals from the poor and gives to the rich while despoiling our planet. Notably, Francis is mainly silent on the supernatural mission of the Church and the destination of each of us in eternity.
|Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet|
It's true. Pope Francis' world is essentially conspiratorial. His fever dreams are full of rich plantation owners, power-hungry generalissimos and noble descamisados. The Great White Fleet is steaming up the Tiber! Santos Juan y Evita protect us, he murmurs in his sleep upon the Santa Marta rollaway, only to find himself in a room, a hot room, the thermometer rising, breaking the glass!
Perhaps this is why he is not particularly troubled by the dubious scientific bona fides of global warming. It is impenetrable to the masses and only a means to an end, anyway. In short: it is magic. Things don't have to connect neatly up with lo real maravilloso americano.
The rhetoric is troubling. Pope Francis talks a lot about the world and its problems -- a strange amount for a Pope if you think about it -- but he does not lift so much as a corner of his Portrait of Evil. Some lesser devils -- those arms merchants, for example -- are conjured for our shock and awe, but if there is a grand unified conspiracy theory, he has not revealed it. Even to speculate would be unfair and inflammatory, or at least inflammatory. There is such a thing as invited comment. There are historical precedents. But shrug those aside. We can probably cross off the list of suspects Communism and Masonry.
Creep onstage at midnight, while Pope Francis tosses and turns, muttering in his dreams, and tip-toe up to the shrouded portrait. In a surge of bravado, you reveal El Supremo behind all the world's evils, and who do you see... in the mirror?