Pope Francis, Man-Years and Punishment

We need to cover a concept relating to Pope Francis and economics. Pope Francis stuck his papal foot in his papal mouth YET again last week when he basically mocked people who had sent him what is referred to as a “spiritual bouquet”. Spiritual bouquets, for those of you who may have never heard the term, are when a group of people pray for another person and then send some sort of indication of the quantity of the prayers. For example, if a group of 100 people all commit to saying five rosaries each for a certain person, then the recipient would receive a “spiritual bouquet” of 500 rosaries – as opposed to a bouquet of 500 flowers.

Here is where the economics comes in. If you have seen my 8-part economics presentation on YouTube, you remember that I discussed the nature of money and how it is a proxy for a person’s capacity to labor, produce and create. In order for a person to do any of those things, the person must pass through time, which is why wages are quoted as a function of time, either per hour or per year. Then we went through the exercise of converting the GDP and debt of the U.S. into man-hours, thus driving home the point that inflating a currency does NOT remove or dilute debt, because the underlying instrument, namely man-hours, is unchanging, no matter how many zeroes you put on the number designating the wage per hour.

A group of conservative Catholics in Argentina sent Pope Francis a spiritual bouquet after his election that consisted of 3525 rosaries, probably because Pope Francis specifically asked for people to pray for him. In remarks last week to a group of South American nuns, he cited this as an example of heresy (Pelagianism, which it isn’t – Bergoglio clearly doesn’t grasp what Pelagianism even is), and then cattily dismissed the people who offered him the spiritual bouquet and their prayers for him with the words, “Please, don’t laugh.” For those of you who claim that Pope Bergoglio has a robust Marian devotion, and a devotion to Fatima, you need to wake up. He laughed dismissively at the Rosary being said for him.

Let’s assume that the Rosaries in this 3525 spiritual bouquet were all fifteen decades. It takes right at an hour to pray all 15 decades of the Rosary. That means that the spiritual bouquet represented just over 1.75 man-years. I use 2000 hours as the standard work-year.

Think about that. A group of people laid down a total of 1.75 man-years that could have been spent working and earning a wage or producing a commodity, and instead sacrificed that time in prayer for the pope – AT HIS SPECIFIC REQUEST. And then he laughed at them and called them heretics.

At every Mass lately I shudder at the following prayer after the consecration:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; look not upon my sins, but upon the faith of Thy Church; and deign to grant her that peace and unity which is in accord with Thy will: who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.

God is angry. Pope Francis is indeed the Pope of our Punishment.

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