On January 10, 2022 Pope Francis condemned so-called “cancel culture” during his annual address to the Vatican’s Diplomatic Corps.
Pope Francis said: “Cancel culture is invading many circles and public institutions. As a result, agendas are increasingly dictated by a mindset that rejects the natural foundations of humanity and the cultural roots that constitute the identity of many people. This is under the guise of defending diversity, it ends up canceling all sense of identity. This risks silencing voices that defend a respectful and balanced understanding of various sensibilities,”
The pope added that cancel culture is a form of “one-track thinking” that wants to rewrite the past based on the modern sensibilities of today.
He finished his condemnation of woke ideology saying “Diplomacy is called to be truly inclusive, not canceling but cherishing the differences and sensibilities that have historically marked various peoples.”
Author A.J. Rices writes “Woke faith is incompatible with Christian faith for very simple reasons. It is atheistic and denies God and Christ. It replaces the sin and salvation path with one of its own, which offers only constant warfare. This is why anyone at any time can get canceled over a stray remark uttered decades ago. You can get canceled for saying something that is inarguably true and that the vast majority believes. Tweet that there are only two genders, for instance, and see how long it takes Twitter to ban you from its platform.
Putin warned where this would lead, and the history of Russia under Stalin, and China’s Cultural Revolution under Mao, prove him right: Wokeism unleashes monsters and ultimately leads to the annihilation of Christianity and other faiths, and to mass murder. The woke faith, remember, denies the humanity of its opponents and has no place for mercy or tolerance of other opinions or beliefs. Where Christ provides cleansing through His sacrifice and grace, wokeism provides only the cleansing of the grave.
Finally, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles says,“woke religion” rejects the salvation of Christ for the salvation found in racial and class struggle. Constant struggle against “oppression” is the “woke” path to salvation. Gomez says, and anyone can easily see, that the woke faith has overtaken our universities, and from there, our corporations, the media, and our governments. It is also inside churches themselves.