Fox News Guest Criticizes Pope Francis For Acting Like Jesus (VIDEO)

The crew at Fox News has been preparing their viewers for the visit of Pope Francis for days now. While the pontiff was visiting Cuba, Fox religion correspondent Lauren Green was telling the Fox and Friends audience that the pope was an “equal opportunity offender.” That talking point was repeated by “news” anchor Bill Hemmer as the pope arrived in Washington. Brian Kilmeade called Pope Francis “judgmental,” and remarked that he didn’t visit dissidents while in Cuba, but he did visit with Fidel Castro. And on and on.

But on Thursday morning, in advance of Francis’s speech to Congress, Fox regular Andrew Napolitano criticized the pope for acting like Jesus. Of course he didn’t say it in those words, but basically that is exactly what he did.

Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy introduces Napolitano by posing one of those typical Fox News questions, asking whether the pope is “doing more to further a far left agenda than to save his followers’ souls?” He then mentions that Napolitano is a Catholic, and asks him to weigh in.

Napolitano starts by questioning the pope’s “political motivations.” He then goes through a litany of items that he believes puts the pope at odds with traditional Catholic teaching, and that he thinks are part of a leftist agenda. But you have to wonder whether the retired judge has read the Bible, or has been paying attention in church, because everything he mentions as part of that “leftist agenda” is something that was advocated by Jesus.

Napolitano doesn’t like that the pope is in favor of “redistribution of wealth.” So was Jesus. In Matthew 19:21, Jesus says:

“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Napolitano also doesn’t like that the pope has made it easier for women who have had an abortion to receive absolution. Again, let’s turn to the authority on this. The story of the adulteress from the gospel of John fits this situation.

“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say?’

“They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.

“When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.'” — John 8:3-7.

Doocy observes that he thinks some of the reforms that Pope Francis has brought about are good things. But Napolitano disagrees. He says that he respects the authority of the pope as the “vicar of Christ on earth.” Then he says:

“He’s infallible on matter of faith and morals. Thank God it’s just faith and morals, because his economics is a Latin American version of Marxism, which simply is inconsistent with prosperity in the West.”

Pope Francis is acting like Jesus, and it is driving conservatives crazy. Jesus was a pretty sharp guy. He even warned his followers to watch out for people like Andrew Napolitano, in the gospel of Matthew:

“”Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”

Here’s the video, via Media Matters/Fox News:

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