Snopes has debunked the claim going around about Pope Francis saying that; “Women are naturally unfit for political office.”
A writer on Forus Peru made the claim that the immediate acceptance by many that Pope Francis did make this statement is part of some sort of “liberal far-left plot.”
While I sympathize with the blogger’s disgust at the ease that people will accept any claim put forward on facebook (I mean COME ON. It’s FACEBOOK) I’d point out there’s a much simpler and less sinister cause of the immediate, unconfirmed acceptance of this quote by tens of thousands of outraged people.
It’s fairly common when people hear one verified statement that is evil and morally repugnant (the new Pope’s stance on homosexuality for example) that they will then believe that person made other statements that are from a familiar, well defined set connected to that belief system.
Considering anti-homosexual and anti-woman beliefs are two common dialogues that tend to be revisited over and over from the camp known as the Religious Right in America it is less a “far-left liberal plot” and more just an expectation of “same shit, different day” that led to the immediate acceptance of this unconfirmed and non-existent quote.