Letters: Jeff Sadow’s column on Pope Francis smacks of arrogance and is way off the mark _lowres

Pope Francis talks to a cardinal before the start of the afternoon session of the Synod of bishops, at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Too bad for Jeff Sadow that reality doesn’t award A’s for effort. He had to perform some pretty challenging mental gymnastics to craft his Oct. 4 column on Pope Francis.

For a guy who’s been an associate professor of political science for around two decades at one of LSU’s satellite campuses, it’s audacious, to say the least, that he thinks himself qualified to dismiss the intelligence of a pope trained in science and theology and who’s risen to the pinnacle of one of the most intellectually and politically demanding institutions on the planet.

Equally impudent is Sadow attempting to pass off his ignorance of science and his self-deceptions about global warming as authoritative positions on science and global warming.

Sadow is, furthermore, so enthralled by his own hubris that he believes his convoluted blame-the-victim sophistry on Papa Francesco’s pronouncements concerning the economically disadvantaged is any match for arguments made by this pope — a pope who has come to base his whole life, thus his church’s mission, on an unequivocal commitment to the Beatitudes, the centerpiece of the New Testament and, therefore, Christianity.

Sadow, a purported Catholic Christian, is also fortunate that Jesus foregrounded the Beatitudes and compassion, thereby softening the inflexible “thou shalt nots” of the Old Testament’s Decalogue. I’m sure the punishment for bearing false witness — e.g, intentionally misconstruing someone else’s record and words — wouldn’t be especially pleasant if Jesus’ reforms had not taken hold.

Ben G.L. Nabors

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