Mark Steyn on Pope Francis’s questionable claim that Jesus was “a refugee” in Bethlehem

From Mark Steyn:

But, even were Mr Duerr right and the Pope were equating refugees with the flight from King Herod, His Holiness would still have been, in the larger meaning, wrong. I don’t mean merely in the literal sense that, as the burdens of the census make plain, Joseph is not the ancient equivalent of a Syrian refugee in Malmö, but of, say, a guy with grandparents in Malmö who’s been away working in Gothenburg for a couple of years; I mean it in the sense that the Pope is wrong about an existential question for the Church and the civilization it built.

I don’t know if His Holiness ever gets into street clothes and leaves his impressively walled city-statelet to wander the streets of Rome, but, if he did, he would see, in Italy as in France as in Spain as in Germany, that Christendom is dying on his watch. In 2016 I attended (as the Pope did not) the funeral in Rouen Cathedral of Père Hamel, the eighty-five-year-old Catholic priest whose throat was slit during Mass by two Muslim men. The service, for all its protestations of unity and forgiveness, chilled me: I felt mostly the absence of faith, or at most its exhausted remnants. Père Hamel had shared, enthusiastically, his Holy Father’s illusions: In Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, he had given land next to his church to the local Muslim community to build a mosque. So no “closed” heart there. And he was repaid for his generosity with ritual decapitation. More.

Reality check: Fr. Hamel’s murderers view themselves as conquerors and they are largely right. People make their peace where they can find it, including just chucking the most basic claims of their tradition and feeling little sympathy with its servants.

At Steyn’s page, I wrote,

I say this with sorrow: The real harm in Francis’s comments is not what he claims to reveal but in what he conceals: The scriptural witness is clear that Jesus was born in Bethlehem because that is where the king promised by the prophets for the Throne of David was to be born, in David’s own city. And, due an apparently unrelated decree, his holy earthly family found their way back there at that time…

So Jesus was not born in Bethlehem as a refugee. He was born there *to claim his throne*. (Americans who believe that their president should be born in the United States should understand this, even if no one else does.)

Jesus was exactly the possibility that Herod, ruler of the day, feared: Someone with a legitimate claim to the throne. Hence the slaughter of baby boys in Bethlehem.

To twist that particular story into a saga of refugee-ship amounts to abandoning a key claim of the Christian witness, that the Messiah was born in Bethlehem, the traditional city, as the prophets had promised.

It is not Islamic terror that is destroying the Church. Terror never destroyed the Church. Almost all Christ’s apostles were martyrs.

They died. The truth lived. But what now?

Accommodation – needing to be liked, approved, rewarded, in step, Cool – that destroys the Church. It destroys not only truth but even the concept of truth. So the truth cannot live.

See also: Why doesn’t Europe resist? Their feminism will adjust; indeed, it already has. They traded everything for abortion and a bargain was sealed. Of course, they don’t enjoy being reminded of how far they have fallen. So they persecute those who remind them.


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  • dukestreet

    I believe that the prophecies of Bishop Fulton Sheen are coming true right before our eyes. It looks like Francis will be the last and most destructive pope.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Sheen was an asshole. All your leaders are pedophiles.

      • Oh, Katherine!

        You and that loony mouth of yours!

        • Katherine McChesney

          Thank you for agreeing with me.

          • That’s probably not something you want to advertise, Katherine.

      • dukestreet

        Who said anything about me being led by him. I am just noting that what he said is coming to fruition. Nothing else. Have you read what he said about this issue or are you just speaking out because of what you assumed?

  • If my understanding of the Gospels is correct, the census is the reason why Jesus, of the House of David, was born in Bethlehem (which means “house of bread”).

    He became a “refugee” from the murderous Herod when He and His Family fled to Egypt.

    But those are just facts.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Jesus was NEVER a refugee you idiot. Only a poope Frank love would make such a stupid comment.

      • Katherine, you’re here!

        Tell everyone how your conversion to Catholicism is going.

        This is a safe space. Don’t be scared. Let it all hang out.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Well, I read about it but realized that Satan was calling me to convert to the largest and most dangerous, most murderous church on the planet…you know, the one with pedophiles and homosexuals raping innocent children. So I said ….Satan get the behind me. Go back to Rome and see your vicar Frank. He’s lonely because he is supporting terrorists who are a murderous as the Roman Catholic church.

          Have fun on Sunday worshiping the dead, Osumashi. It fits you to a T.

          • Once you convert, all that anger is going to go. You’re not going to say things like that because even the idea of sounding like a straggly-haired bag lady who screams profanities at brick walls would seem abhorrent to you.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Well, Kinyobe, my anger decreased when I ordered Satan to return to the Vatican. I feel so must better especially win Roman clowns like you try to humor me. Why don’t you go to Hollywood. Your church runs that evil community. Enjoy yourself when you become Bruce Jenners lover. I’m sure he would like you very much.

          • Yeah, like you can order anything.

            You’re so funny!

          • Katherine McChesney

            Thank you. But I am seriously bored with you. See you….but maybe no. Most especially not in heaven.

          • Katherine, you will never be bored with me.

  • Gary

    Right, but Mary didn’t groom him to be a suicide-bomber one day .

    • dukestreet

      Not did she groom him to sacrifice himself on a cross. He had decided to do that before Creation. All that took place was to fulfill the prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Him.

  • If the Pope is right, then we should allow ALL refugees, whose birth has been foretold in the Old Testament to be born in the United States, to come in!

    • Surele Surele


  • dapto

    This Pope was put in there to totally destroy the church and make all the followers revert to Islam.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      He can say what he wants, I will say what I want about muslims. I do not hate them; thats that satan wants, but will stay on guard and push back when required, which is NOW. Remember; hate separates you from God. I will remain a Mick regardless of the Pope.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Thank God. He SHOULD destroy your church because is the most evil empire in the history of planet earth.

  • Spatchcocked

    Francis the talking mule……he’s sure looking like a KGB sleeper mole….ditto that cow Merkel.

  • Shebel

    Judas Priests !—-Is the fucking Pope —
    Enlightening his dwindling Flock again?