(Tea Party 247) – I wouldn’t expect to go into a mosque and have them prepare me a feast full of juicy pork, so why on earth is the Pope making sure that feasts he serves to Muslims are halal-friendly?
For World Day for the Poor this week, Pope Francis made sure that any followers of Islam among the 1,500 mostly poor people he treated to lunch would not find any pork on the menu.
This past Sunday was the third annual celebration of the World Day of the Poor, a Catholic commemoration established by the very leftist Pope Francis in November of 2016 to celebrate the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The World Day of the Poor is a “a day to help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes, there can be no justice or social peace,” Francis said when the feast was established.
The pope held the Sunday banquet for 1,500 guests inside the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, offering a meal that intentionally eschewed pork out of respect for any Muslims present, according to reports. Instead, chunks of chicken with mushroom cream were served along with potatoes.
The gesture echoed a similar move this past October by the archbishop of Bologna, Matteo Maria Zuppi, who commissioned a pork-free version of Bologna’s iconic tortellini pasta for the feast of the city’s patron, San Petronio, so that Muslims would feel welcome.
Archbishop Zuppi, now a cardinal, dubbed the modified pasta “welcome tortellini” but many locals decried the alteration as “culinary blasphemy.”
“The poor are valuable in the eyes of God because they do not speak the language of the self: they do not support themselves on their own, by their own strength; they need someone to take them by the hand,” Francis said during his homily at Mass. “The poor remind us how we should live the Gospel: like beggars reaching out to God.”
“The presence of the poor makes us breathe the fresh air of the Gospel, where the poor in spirit are blessed,” he added. “Instead of feeling annoyed when they knock on our doors, let us welcome their cry for help as a summons to go out of ourselves, to welcome them with God’s own loving gaze.”
“How beautiful it would be if the poor could occupy in our hearts the place they have in the heart of God! Standing with the poor, serving the poor, we see things as Jesus does; we see what remains and what passes away,” he said.
While it is true that Jesus calls on His followers to care for the poor and the selfless love we should extend to all of God’s creatures is a godly calling, one can’t help but note the connotations in his speech.
The Pope is an open SJW pontiff, attracting criticism from many members of his own flock in the Catholic church for his denouncement of capitalism and his promotion of the climate agenda.
Just a few days prior, as we reported, Francis hinted at making sins against the environment a sin, and adding to the Catholic church’s beatitudes accordingly.