Pope Francis “The Red” received an unusual gift from Bolivian President Evo Morales that sums up the social, political and economic philosophy of these third world natives: a crucifix carved into a hammer and sickle.
The Red Pope paid homage to fellow Jesuit and Marxist activist, Rev. Luis Espinal, who was slain in 1980. The “commie crucifix” was designed by this very priest. Needless to say, the implication of such a gift puts an exclamation point on what everyone thinks about this pope.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Thursday the pope had no idea that Espinal had designed the crucifix and was surprised to receive it — a reaction clearly visible in the footage of the encounter. Some reports suggested the pope told Morales "This isn't good;" one of Francis' friends sent a tweet quoting him as saying such. But Lombardi said it wasn't known what the pope had said.
Lombardi said Espinal had designed the crucifix as a symbol of dialogue and commitment to freedom and progress for Bolivia, not with any specific ideology in mind. Lombardi said he personally wasn't offended by it.
"You can dispute the significance and use of the symbol now, but the origin is from Espinal and the sense of it was about an open dialogue, not about a specific ideology," Lombardi said.
Sure, run with that why you don’t. The Vatican has done a 180. Pope John Paul II fought communism and Francis has embraced it. What a difference a pope makes.