Pope Francis has found himself in the middle of controversy ever since he was elected by the College of Cardinals.
His left-wing political views have often come into conflict with the Catholic Church’s philosophy.
And now he’s made a statement which has many believing he is a political partisan as opposed to a spiritual leader.
The liberal media has latched on to “fake news” as one of the biggest reasons Hillary Clinton lost the election.
So-called “mainstream” media believes any news outlet that deviates from Democratic Party talking-points is “fake”.
And Pope Francis has jumped into the fray too now, saying it is a sin to spread disinformation and smear politicians.
“Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly “Tertio” that spreading disinformation was “probably the greatest damage that the media can do” and using communications for this rather than to educate the public amounted to a sin.
Using precise psychological terms, he said scandal-mongering media risked falling prey to coprophilia, or arousal from excrement, and consumers of these media risked coprophagia, or eating excrement.
The Argentine-born pontiff excused himself for using such terms in order to get his point across while answering a question about the correct use of the media.
“I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into – no offence intended – the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true,” he said.
“And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done.”
The Pope’s offering of opinion on the matter is confusing many Catholics.
Yahoo also reports Pope Francis went on to explain why he though fake news is so harmful:
He also spoke of the danger of using the media to slander political rivals.
“The means of communication have their own temptations, they can be tempted by slander, and therefore used to slander people, to smear them, this above all in the world of politics,” he said. “They can be used as means of defamation…”
“No-one has a right to do this. It is a sin and it is hurtful,” he said.
He described disinformation as the greatest harm the media can do because “it directs opinion in only one direction and omits the other part of the truth,” he said.
The pope’s comments on disinformation followed widespread debate in the United States over whether fake news on the internet might have swayed voters toward Republican candidate Donald Trump.”
Many are wondering if a left-wing activist is now head of the Catholic Church.
He’s already issued a controversial decree allowing priests to forgive women for abortions.
Now he is planting his flag with the liberal establishment and decrying so-called “fake” news.
Rush Limbaugh has famously referred to Pope Francis as a Marxist.
While he may not be a Marxist, his sympathies clearly lie with the far-left end of the political spectrum.
But his puzzling comments on fake news could lead more Catholics to reach that same conclusion.