Pope Francis tears up “cancel culture”, stresses need to fight climate change and global conflict

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Pope Francis blasted “cancel culture” this week, calling it a form of “one thought” that flattens history, stifles dialogue and undermines the unity of humanity.

“Under the pretext of defending diversity”, declared the pontiff, such a reflection eliminates “any sense of identity, with the risk of silencing positions which defend a respectful and balanced understanding of various sensibilities”.

The pontiff warned, as part of his annual address to foreign diplomats accredited to Vatican City, that culture cancellation patterns also prevent people today from understanding the past.

“A sort of dangerous ‘single thought’ is emerging, compelled to deny history or, even worse, to rewrite it in terms of current categories, while any historical situation must be interpreted in the light of a hermeneutics of this. this. special moment, not today, ”said Francis.

In addition to being the world headquarters of the 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic Church, the Holy See is a political entity and maintains formal relationships with 180 countries, including the United States. François urged the diplomats of these nations to engage in a real dialogue as an alternative to the cancellation of culture.

“Multilateral diplomacy is thus called upon to be truly inclusive, not by canceling out but by cherishing the differences and sensitivities which have historically marked various peoples,” François explained.

Such inclusion, he added, will allow nations “to come together as one big family” and find “common solutions for the good of all” in light of the global challenges ahead.

The Pope stressed the need to recognize “the existence of certain enduring values” which, when accepted, “constitute a strong and solid social basis. [ethic]. “

He underlined “the right to life, from its conception to its natural end, and the right to religious freedom” as emblematic of these “enduring values”.

François also called on the world to unite to fight against the effects of climate change, citing “the urgent need to take care of our common home”. He also spoke of “the urgent need to find solutions to endless conflicts which sometimes appear as real proxy wars”, citing the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

The Pope also called for progress in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, saying the two sides must “rebuild mutual trust and start talking to each other again”.

He also denounced the proliferation of nuclear weapons and said it was “important” that the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, “lead to positive results.”

But it is Francis’ denunciation of culture cancellation that has garnered the most global attention since his 38-minute address to the Vatican diplomatic corps.

Such a “cancellation” has hit the Catholic Church in recent years.

In 2020, activists in the state capital of California destroyed a statue of Saint Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary who founded the state’s first mission in 1769 in San Diego.

A 2021 bill, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Democrat of California, officially removed Serra’s statue from Capitol Park and replaced it with that of an American Indian, some of whom have claimed the saint had participated in the slavery of indigenous peoples.

Its supporters claim that the priest worked to protect the Indians from the damage caused by the secular Spanish government and its conquistadors. Francis canonized Saint Junipero in 2015.

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