Pope Francis: Outrage after bizarre statements about NATO policy abroad

In theology, the pope is considered the highest authority, and many believers are considered infallible. But does that also apply to politics?

Francis, 85, who appeared in a wheelchair for the first time on Thursday due to a knee injury, has been criticized for reports of a Russian attack on Ukraine. Trigger: In a newspaper interview he blamed NATO for the outbreak of war, accusing the Western Security Alliance of “knocking on Russia’s door”.

CDU Foreign Politician Norbert Rodgen (56) Reacts angrily: “When the Pope stepped into the political arena, he did not fail.” To form an opinion, Francis “traveled not only to Moscow, but also to Riga, Vilnius or Tallinn.” Because: Putin is in the small Baltic states. Never wanted to provoke, but demanded protection from him.

FDP defense politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (64) responded sarcastically to the pope’s bizarre statements: “Putin first showed devotion to the Russian-Orthodox Easter Vigil with a candle in his hand, and now the Vatican is helping him. Bravo.

Party mate and FDP Parliamentary Committee Chairman Alexander Groff Lampstorf (55) is still diplomatic: “If Pope Francis wants to succeed as a mediator, he must be politically neutral or aligned with the weak. I firmly believe that he knows this and will consider it in the next steps.”

Green politician Marieluise Beck (69) implicitly criticizes this: “The UN General Assembly, the people’s community, has overwhelmingly condemned Russia’s war of aggression. Everyone involved has a duty to distinguish between the aggressor and the aggressor.

Becomes clear Political scientist Professor Maximilian Derhol (48, London School of Economics): “It is utterly outrageous to criticize NATO for even a hint of aggression against Russia. Over the years, the Kremlin has improved, not NATO, and certainly not Germany. The theory that the Pope seems to believe that Russia is surrounded is utter nonsense.”

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Successful writer Wladimir Kaminer (54, “Russendisko”) suspects that there is some connection between Argentina’s attitude and his age, and tells Bildt: “With aging, pacifism triumphs over logic.” Putin never worried about NATO: “He was never afraid of an alliance.

Surprise: Not all BILD inquiries have been answered by German bishops to classify the Pope’s statements. So there is no support for NATO critic Francis.

German-Israeli Author Ahmed Mansour (45) The Vatican does not understand the curriculum and tells BILD: “This is not a good time for meaningless slogans in the lines of ‘You must understand both sides.'”

Lynn Celle (35), leader of the European movement in Germany. And co-signed an open letter to the Chancellor, in which key figures called for more arms supplies to Ukraine, praising the Pope’s mediation efforts. But he said: “He must stick to his own wise words and not choose the language of politics, especially if the content is wrong. NATO’s expansion to the east is the end of sovereign nations. Putin is Russia’s occupier. Ukraine now needs economic and military assistance and the opportunity for EU membership.

Of Green politician and religious scholar Volker Beck (61): “The pope forgives the occupier with his vulgarity. The task of the Church must be to persuade Russia to end hostility.”

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