Photo Op: Stoneman Douglas Students + Palm Sunday + Homemade Signs [video]

Photo Op: Stoneman Douglas Students + Palm Sunday + Homemade Signs [video]

Photo Op: Stoneman Douglas Students + Palm Sunday + Homemade Signs [video]

On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis conducted mass in the usual way. Then he added to his homily:

“The temptation to silence young people has always existed,” Francis said in the homily of a Mass,” the Pope told the congregation.

“There are many ways to silence young people and make them invisible. Many ways to anesthetize them, to make them keep quiet, ask nothing, question nothing. There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive,” he said.

“Dear young people, you have it in you to shout,” he concluded. “It is up to you not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, some corrupt, keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?”

In response, the young people in attendance shouted “Yes!”

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were in St. Peter’s Square also. While it is unknown whether they are Catholic or interested in taking the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, one thing is clear: It was a great time for a photo op! (It is not clear where this photo was taken, but it is promoted by the Catholic News Service as during ceremonies for Palm Sunday in Rome – at least that’s what they want followers to think).

The Zuniga family was in Rome for a holy weekend, while across the pond fellow classmates conducted a completely built-from-the-ground-up grassroots campaign to advocate for “common sense” gun laws, which of course exclude any actual common sense measures, but let’s not be picky.

The Zunigas made Twitter, must be a thrill. While reflecting on Jesus’s final days and resurrection may also be in their travel plans, they conscientiously planned ahead in order to display typical protest signs during a predictably well attended event that is special for Catholics and Christianity. Sure to be numerous people in the crowd, the Zunigas successfully broadcast their message about stopping gun violence.

How much deficiency of self-awareness and lack of humility does it take to think it’s a good idea to preach your message on a day when it is supposed to be about His message? While Pope Francis did not mention Parkland or gun violence specifically, he did bolster the voices of young people by telling them to speak out. I don’t know if God was ok with this display of vanity, but Pope Francis likely approves.

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  • Johnny says:

    “Dear young people, you have it in you to shout, it is up to you not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, some corrupt, keep quiet…”
    – Pope Francis, 2018

    I’ll see your Pope and raise you a God:

    “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”
    – Exodus, 20:12

    • GWB says:

      Well said!

      • Micha Elyi says:

        I’ll raise you both a Pope, God the Father, and Jesus:

        Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
        –Matthew 19:14

        Those of you who think Pope Francis’s recent remarks were about the astroturfed student anti-gun hoo-haw in the USA specifically are blinded by pride. The USA doesn’t command so much specific attention from any Pope. Almost as bad as the sin of pride, you’ve been played by the Zuniga family–just about anybody can get into St. Peter’s square to hear the Pope address the crowd on Palm Sunday. I suspect that the Zuniga family had planned their trip long before the recent school shooting.

        • SDN says:

          Other than his remarks being nonsense in any other context. And these “little children” weren’t the ones being referred to by Jesus. In Jesus’ day, young women and men of your astroturfer “children”s ages were adults, with families and children of their own, including Jesus’ own mother Mary. However, they also weren’t making government policy.

  • GWB says:

    How much deficiency of self-awareness and lack of humility does it take to think it’s a good idea to preach your message on a day when it is supposed to be about His message?
    Well, the same level of hubris it takes to deny God and eat of the forbidden fruit. Which got us into this whole mess.

    As to Pope Francis… sorry, but no, children should NOT be listened to, unless you can show me where they are speaking as prophets – that is speaking direct revelation from God or accurately quoting* Scripture.
    (* This does not mean simply getting the words right, but the context and meaning.)
    He’s exposing his communist roots by tossing this sort of stupidity out in his homily.

  • SFC D says:

    I’m not a religious man, but I can think of very few things more disrespectful to Christianity than to hijack a solemn occasion to further your own political ideals. I hope the Zunigas enjoy their 5 minutes of virtue signaling fame. They may see themselves as crusaders for a righteous cause. I see a family of attention seeking sheep, blindly following the herd. The Zunigas need to remember that Palm Sunday is about Jesus the shepherd, it’s not a day to follow David Hogg and his ignorant misguided brainwashed mob.

  • Flying Dutchman says:

    Did I miss my guess, or did Jesus have some very strong words for Pharisees who teach as doctrine the precepts of men?

  • Bob says:

    This was followed by the Gospel reading of Luke 22:36.

  • Persnickety says:

    Was it?

    Luke 22:36: King James Bible
    Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

    Interesting, and certainly more than I would have expected from this particular pope.

  • Pervy Grin says:

    “I don’t know if God was ok with this display of vanity, but Pope Francis likely approves.”

    I’m pretty sure God is not OK with Communism, but Comrade Francis appears to approve of that too.

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