If a man standing on a street corner were stopping people to tell them what Baby Jesus wants, most people would either ignore him or have sympathy for him because the man appears to be incapable of living in a rational world.
However, when the spiritual leader of more than a billion Catholics shares his personal opinion on what “Baby Jesus, the Son of God,” wants and needs, people listen, and his delusional opinions are published for the world to see:
[The Baby Jesus] wants to be in our arms, He wants to be cared for and be able to fix his gaze on ours. What’s more, we should bring a smile to the Child Jesus to show him our love and our joy because He is in our midst. His smile is a sign of love that gives us the certainty of being loved. Children, finally, love to play. To play with a child, however, means abandoning our logic to take on theirs. If we want to have fun we need to understand what pleases them, and not to be selfish and make them do things that we like. It is a lesson for us. Before Jesus, we are called to give up our claim to autonomy – and this is the crux of the problem: our claim of autonomy – and instead to welcome the true form of freedom, which is to know who is before us and serve Him.
Pope Francis appears to believe that a Baby Jesus statue symbolizes a living/dead divine-human person, who is/was the son of God and is/was himself a God, “who, for our sake, became a child.” Francis invites Catholics “to adore the Child Jesus and to contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation as a revelation of God’s saving love.” and invites them to look forward to “His death on the Cross and His Resurrection [as] the ultimate expression of His redeeming love.” This is just nonsense; Francis is spreading nonsense.
No sane person should be expected to believe this nonsense, nor should any sane person be expected to agree to live in a world where government policy reflects this nonsense. No one should be refused the right to a dignified life or death because of the prevalence of this nonsense. No child should be subjected to physical or mental abuse by members of an organization that perpetuates this nonsense. As David Silverman says in his book Fighting God,
It’s time to shut that shit down.
So, let’s get moving!