In advance of President Donald Trump's visit, Francis is engaging in pettiness as he plays with semantics. The Catholic Herald reports:
"Pope Francis has criticised the US military for naming the largest explosive in its arsenal the 'mother of all bombs'.
He was speaking weeks before he receives US President Donald Trump, who authorised the use of the bomb against ISIS militants in Afghanistan last month.
The 21,600lb (9,800kg) Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) explosive is nicknamed the 'Mother Of All Bombs' because of its acronym and immense power.
The Pope told an audience of students at the Vatican: 'I was ashamed when I heard the name. A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is going on?'"
Manufactured outrage demeans the office which Francis is supposed to hold. It is a cheap tactic akin to the nonsense one would expect from organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Greenpeace or Planned Parenthood.
Even one as intellectually unastute as Francis knows that the word mother isn't always used to describe one who gives birth. There are other usages. Webster's dictionary provides us with another meaning for the word:
"Something that is an extreme or ultimate example of its kind especially in terms of scale; e.g., the mother of all construction projects or the mother of all ocean liners."
Isn't it interesting that Francis issued no such sarcastic commentary before receiving Raul Castro, a sociopath, to the Vatican? See here.
What make ye of this?
I say Francis needs to return to the drawing board.