segunda-feira, 29 de fevereiro de 2016

"Donald Trump e Papa Francisco São Idênticos em Muitas Coisas"


Um texto muito interessante foi escrito por Matthew Schmitz, editor do jornal acadêmico católico First Things. Foi publicado no Washington Post.

Schmitz viu muitas similaridades entre Donald Trump e o Papa Francisco.

Os dois se comportam como líderes que agem contra o status quo, contra o establishment, agem como livres para contrariar as regras das próprias instituições que lideram. Desprezam regras definidas por séculos.

Os discursos são parecidos, retoricamente, eles confiam em abstrações, em palavras de efeito, e fogem de casos concretos.

Os dois são confusos em seus programas de liderança. Não são definidos claramente.

Trump ainda não chegou ao poder, Deus queira que os EUA sejam liderados por outros (excluindo Hillary Clinton e Bern Sanders também). Mas Schmitz lembra que sucesso na mídia, que ambos possuem, pode não se refletir em sucesso das instituições que eles lideram. No caso do Papa Francisco, dados de pesquisa mostram que o Papa não tem atraído mais fiéis para a Igreja. A racionalidade disso é: por que eu vou seguir uma religião que o próprio Papa parece condenar, e que é rígida, velha, arcaica?, "melhor seguir o Papa pelo facebook ou twitter".

Schmitz fecha o artigo maravilhosamente, falando que as regras são muito importantes para que aqueles que não têm poder consigam manter os líderes sob domínio. 

O site The American Catholic comentou o texto e se perguntou o que aconteceria na relação deles se Trump fosse eleito presidente. Bom, eu diria, como se diz na minha terra, que dois bicudos não se beijam.

Vejam texto de Schmitz abaixo.

What Donald Trump and Pope Francis actually have in common

 

Could any two public figures be more dissimilar than Pope Francis and Donald Trump? The smiling Latin-American pontiff casts himself as a friend of the downtrodden; the scowling U.S. billionaire is running to be winner-in-chief.
This week, the two exchanged insults. Aboard the papal plane after his visit to Mexico, the pope said that anyone who supports a proposed border wall, as Trump does, is “not Christian.” Trump dismissed Francis’s criticism as “disgraceful” and taunted him as a “pawn” of Mexico. He predicted that the pontiff would want Trump in the White House when the Islamic State attacks Rome.
Certainly, the two men embody different worldviews. Francis urges us to “go to the peripheries” and encounter the marginalized, in whom we see the face of God. In a homily delivered at the United States-Mexico border this week, he called for “the enslaved, the imprisoned and extorted” to be recognized as “our brothers and sisters.”
By contrast, Trump has built his popularity on appeals to strength. His signature promise is to give all of the United States the benefit of his abilities as a “winner,” and thereby to make us “great again.”
Despite these differences, Francis and Trump have much in common. Begin with how they choose their major targets. Both are outsiders bent on shaking up their establishments. Francis challenges a hidebound Vatican bureaucracy and flirts with revising settled Catholic doctrine. He denounces institutional maintenance, demanding “a church that is poor and for the poor.”
Trump attacks conventional Republican politicians and violates every conservative orthodoxy. He calls George W. Bush a liar and praises Planned Parenthood. His every electoral success deals another blow to a political class that is already reeling during a primary season marked by populist passions.
There are rhetorical similarities, too. Barton Swaim, a former speechwriter, notes that conventional politicians “rely … heavily on abstractions” and “avoid concrete nouns.” By contrast, writes Swaim, Trump addresses potential voters in a vivid and snappy way, using simple words and arresting statements. Much the same could be said of Francis.
Francis’s claim that “the earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth” is a piece of arresting hyperbole not unlike Trump’s claims that “we are led by very, very stupid people.” Whatever the merits of their arguments, both know how to make headlines.
And both men promise to empower those who feel excluded — from the Catholic Church, or from the U.S. political process. Francis sets aside established rules to accommodate troubled Catholics, while Trump gives voice to the anxieties of working-class whites who feel they have lacked a champion.
In making these appeals, Francis and Trump prioritize an iconoclastic style over substance — or coherence. The pope has heartened many Catholics, and shocked others, by supporting heterodox views on communion for the divorced and remarried. But he is hardly a down-the-line liberal.
He opposes abortion and has described gender theory as a violation of nature similar to the use of nuclear arms. His scattershot rhetoric finds its parallel in the opportunistic bombast of Trump.
Both an opponent of immigration and a critic of immigration rhetoric, both antiabortion and a supporter of the nation’s leading abortion provider, Trump boasts a political program that is no clearer than Francis’s theological one. Both men prize bold words and gestures at the expense of clear arguments and specific policies.
Their admirers overlook these inconsistencies. Why? The basis of their appeal is a mistrust of institutions, which is widespread and increasing. According to the Gallup Organization, only 42 percent of Americans now profess confidence in organized religion, down from a historical average of 55 percent. Only 8 percent have confidence in Congress, down from a historical average of 24 percent.
In such an environment, anti-establishment personalities become immensely attractive. It seems that all we need is a Strong Will (in Trump’s case) or Good Intentions (in Francis’s). Institutions, with their rules and customs, seem irrelevant at best.
But iconoclasm, though exhilarating for a while, may not deliver the revitalization it promises. For all his global popularity, the pope has failed to improve the reputation of the church he leads. A Washington Post-ABC Newspoll found “no evidence that Francis’s likability has boosted Catholic identification, worship attendance or prayer.”
This may be because, as the German writer Martin Mosebach has observed, Francis presents himself as a “dynamic, unconventional, courageous pope with a golden heart” in contrast to a church that is a “crusty, dead, faithless, rigid machine.” Why go to church? Better to follow the pope on Twitter.
Trump and Francis propose to deliver us from inconvenient and unresponsive institutions, with all their strictures and corruptions. But such creative destruction may do more harm than good. Political parties, whatever their failings, are crucial to taming and directing democratic passions. To replace them with candidates drawn from reality TV hardly seems an improvement.
The same is true of the Catholic church. Francis refuses to be constrained by his office in his mission of mercy. But often the constraints of an office are the best defense of ordinary people against the whims of the powerful.
Established rules allow the powerless to hold their leaders to account. If the pope need not follow liturgical or doctrinal rules, why should he follow guidelines concerning sex abuse? When we elevate personalities over institutions, we may not help the weak so much as render them ever more subject to the strong.
Matthew Schmitz is literary editor of First Things magazine.

6 comentários:

Vic disse...

Parece que ambos seriam algo incógnitas, de difícil diagnóstico.
... "No caso do Papa Francisco, dados de pesquisa mostram que o Papa não tem atraído mais fiéis para a Igreja. A racionalidade disso é: por que eu vou seguir uma religião que o próprio Papa parece condenar, e que é rígida, velha, arcaica?, "melhor seguir o Papa pelo facebook ou twitter".
Que isso? Praticarem apenas um cristianismo virtual? Essa é uma certa e indeterminada religião, é a seita da DITADURA DO RELATIVISMO, nada mais, a das redes sociais...

Adilson disse...

Bom dia, nobre Pedro!

Apenas rezarei pra que a escuridão que se abateu sobre o mundo se dissipe logo! Uma escuridão cujo crescimento coincide com a chegada das esquerdas no cenário político mundial. E essa hegemonia possibilitou o crescimento de tantas coisas terríveis no mundo, inclusive no Brasil. No caso de Trump e do papa Francisco, o perigo está no que a postagem de hoje aponta: a ausência de uma mentalidade convicta e apegada aos princípios antiquados e conservadores, especialmente a atitude de se defender aquilo que suas instituições sempre afirmaram no passado, e ainda afirma, sem temer o mundo. Rezemos, rezemos e rezemos.

Abraço

Jacyr Augusto disse...

Bom dia Pedro

Poderia comentar sobre esta notícia no seu blog hoje.

http://oglobo.globo.com/mundo/baba-presa-em-moscou-apos-suspeita-de-decapitar-crianca-18771766

Pedro Erik disse...

Pois é, Jacyr.
Que desgraça essa notícia. Rezei pela criança e pela família dela.
Essa notícia saiu em todos os jornais do mundo.
Eu não teria muito a acrescentar.Russos devem avaliar ter uma babá muçulmana.
Abraço,
Pedro

Jacyr Augusto disse...

Pois é. Um absurdo.
De partir o coração.
Só sugeri porque você estava comentando sobre os muçulmanos em seus post recentes. Desculpe.

Pedro Erik disse...

Sua sugestão foi ótima, meu amigo, continue sugerindo.
É que eu não gosto de colocar no blog algo que já é visto em sites brasileiros. A não ser que eu tenha algo a acrescentar de importante.

Muito obrigado, e continue me ajudando a fazer o blog.

Grande abraço,
Pedro