A university professor has openly launched a verbal attack on Pope Francis for his blessing and embracing a disabled man in St. Peter’s Square.
Lennard Davis, a professor of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), criticized Pope Francis for recently exiting his popularly known Pope-Mobile to bestow a personal blessing on an unidentified disabled man while the pontiff was being driven to his Papal Coronation ceremony at the Vatican.
For an unknown and unstated reason, Davis mistakenly referred to Pope Francis’ pastoral blessing and showing of basic human compassion to a fellow human being as a religious cure:
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Such religious cures may inspire some people, but in our age of disability activism and identity, there is something fundamentally wrong with seeing disability as in need of a cure — most particularly of seeing the new Pope forge his compassion-credentials on such an act.
Davis went on to call upon Pope Francis to cease and desist from “kissing and blessing people with disabilities” as well as to “open the clergy up to all kinds of people, including priests with disabilities.”