Monday, May 27, 2013
BOMBSHELL! POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS THE MAFIA, ARTIFICIAL BIRTH CONTROL AND DIVORCE, THE LAST TWO IN A NICE SORT OF WAY, VERY PASTORAL
Like priests my age and older who are malformed and don't like the wonderful new English translation of the Mass and told Praytell so, now they won't like Pope Francis denigrating artificial birth control and divorce but in a nice sort of way.
Actually the Holy Father gives priests who are young and young at heart like me (striving to overcome the malformation of the 1970's) a way to teach Humanae Vitae and the Church's teaching on divorce. Take a look at the portions of the homily the Holy Father gave at the chapel of his place of residence at the Vatican Motel 6:
Jesus asked a young man to give all his riches to the poor and then to follow him. But when the young man heard this, he went away sad. Pope Francis’ homily found inspiration in the well-known episode narrated in the Gospel, and he underlined that “riches are an impediment” that “do not facilitate our journey towards the Kingdom of God”. And he pointed out: “Each and every one of us has riches”. There is always, he said, a richness that “stops us from getting close to Jesus”. And this must be singled out. We must all, he continued, examine our conscience and pinpoint our riches because they stop us from getting close to Jesus on the path of life”. And the Pope focused on what he called two “cultural riches”: the first, a “culture of economic wellbeing that causes us to be lacking in courage, makes us lazy, makes us selfish”. Wellbeing, he said, “anaesthetizes us, it’s an anaesthetic”.
[AND NOW THE BLAST AGAINST ARTIFICIAL BIRTH CONTROL:]“No, no, not more than one child, because otherwise we will not be able to go on holiday, we will not be able to go out, we will not be able to buy a house. It’s all very well to follow the Lord, but only up to a certain point. This is what economic wellbeing does to us: we all know what wellbeing is, but it deprives us of courage, of the courage we need to get close to Jesus. This is the first richness of the culture of today, the culture of economic wellbeing”.
AND THEN AGAINST BROKEN COMMITMENTS IN THE PRIESTHOOD AND IN MARRIAGE, A WAY TO CONDEMN DIVORCE, BUT OF COURSE IN A POSITIVE WAY!
There is also, he added, “another richness in our culture”, another richness that prevents us from getting close to Jesus: it’s our fascination for the temporary”. We, he observed, are “in love with the provisional”. We don’t like Jesus’s “definitive proposals”. Instead we like what is temporary because “we are afraid of God’s time” which is definitive.
“He is the Lord of time; we are the masters of the moment. Why? Because we are in command of the moment: I will follow the Lord up to this point, and then I will see… I heard of a man who wanted to become a priest - but only for ten years, not any longer…” Attraction for the provisional: this is a richness. We want to become masters of time, we live for the moment. These two riches are the ones that, in this moment, prevent us from going forward. I think of so many men and women who have left their land to work throughout their lives as missionaries: that is definitive!”.
And, he said, I also think of so many men and women who “have left their homes to commit to a lifelong marriage”, that is “to follow Jesus closely! It’s the definitive”. The temporary, Pope Francis stressed, “is not following Jesus”, it’s “our territory”.
And yesterday during the Angelus, the Holy Father condemned the Mafia in no uncertain terms and called them to repent and conversion of heart, men and women mafioso and mafiosa!