A "war on aspiration"

Adam Shaw (he of the "Pope Francis is the Catholic Church's Obama" fame) has posted another column attacking Francis, which is sure to go viral.  Here is how it starts:

Pope Francis has declared war on those who aspire to provide a better life for themselves and their families, expressing the misguided snobbery of a man for whom money has never been an issue.

In the first week of his papacy, when briefing the media, the pope exclaimed:

“Oh how I long for a poor Church for the poor!”

This statement is a perfect summary of Francis’ papacy, a primary theme of which has been a peculiar dislike of prosperity. His first major document, -- “Evangelii Gaudium” -- was a prime example of his disdain for those who are not content to soak in poverty or to submit to socialism.

It just gets better from there, with Shaw taking umbrage at how the Pope is disparaging his efforts to put bread on the table for his young family. 

I suspect some of you will become incensed over this, but to be honest I just laughed out loud.  It's painfully obvious that Shaw has figured out that his surest path to becoming a big wheel at Fox is to follow the Ann Coulter model of employing ridiculously over-the-top rhetoric to make his points.  I predict that television appearances will follow and perhaps a full-length book attacking Francis will appear in the next year or so.

I generally don't begrudge a man who's just trying to make a living, particularly (as I am painfully aware at the moment) it will be hard for Shaw to send his kids to Catholic high school on a Fox junior editor's  salary.  So as a father who also is trying to put bread on the table for his family, I wish Shaw well in his efforts to monentize his purple prose. 

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