(FreedomBeacon.com)- During his yearly “State of the World” address on Monday, Pope Francis issued a stern warning on the current “cancel culture” and decried the “one-track thinking” that seeks to deny or rewrite history to conform with today’s standards.
But before people on the right cheer the Pope for getting red-pilled, keep in mind, the main thrust of his address on Monday was to condemn “baseless” misinformation about COVID vaccines while promoting national COVID vaccination campaigns.
Pope Francis has always been an unreliable voice when it comes to free speech. For every good statement, there is always an accompanying bad statement.
Sure, he warned of “ideological condemnation” that leaves no room for freedom of expression. And, yeah, he condemned the way “cancel culture” has invaded “many circles and public institutions.” But he also took the same side as social media and the Biden administration by condemning those who oppose vaccine mandates.
That isn’t to dismiss his strong words of opposition to canceling identity “under the guise of defending diversity.” He was spot-on when he condemned the push to remove historical statues or change the names of institutions named after historical figures.
A society unmoored from its own history loses its identity. And Pope Francis is right, cancel culture runs the risk of canceling identity.
In the same address, Pope Francis called for a global political commitment to pursue immunization for the good of the general population. He urged for an equitable distribution of vaccines to poor nations and called for the “monopolistic rules” of patents to be put aside for the greater good.
In decrying “baseless” misinformation about the COVID vaccines, Pope Francis said that places with effective vaccination campaigns have reduced the risk of severe repercussions and decreased the disease.
He also urged countries to take in as many migrants as possible. And, of course, he warned about climate change, saying the November Climate Change summit in Glasgow was too weak “in light of the gravity of the problem.”