Just as there is a false "spirit" of Vatican II which was promoted in the 1960's and 70's by clergy and laity who did so in rupture to the actual truth of Vatican II, so now there is a promotion by the same personality-type ideologues of a false "spirit" of Pope Francis. The video below these comments is my point of reference. Its inverted ethos is stunning.
Recently I read the following:
For reasons that are open to interpretation, the secular media has been selectively "positive" in its representations of Pope Francis, in the same way it was often selectively negative about Pope Benedict, his other predecessors, and about Catholic teaching in general. This is evidenced by the relative media silence toward Pope Francis' statement regarding women priests, made at the same press conference, in which he firmly states that the Church's position on the issue was unchangeable. Meanwhile, when Pope Francis calls for those with same-sex attraction to be "integrated into society" rather than judged and marginalized, he is seen as a herald of change to Catholic doctrine, when in fact he is merely pointing out what his predecessors, and the Church, have been saying all along.
I know that some who comment on my blog blame Pope Francis for the fact that the secular media and Catholic media that has an agenda independent of the Church and her Magisterium, MANIPULATE Pope Francis' words. They believe that what the Pope says opens himself to this distortion.
But they do not or did not blame Pope Benedict for the negative press he received from the same sources who did the very same things with Pope Benedict's words but in a negative way.
Of course we know that what these same sources are doing is nefarious, disingenuous and manipulative. They now speak half truths to show that Pope Francis supports their ideologies when in fact we know the complete truth of what Pope Francis says and teaches is very traditional. His Holiness would of course blame the devil for this sort of inverted propaganda.
The Pope has upheld God's design for marriage by upholding God's design for Holy Orders. It is a masculine/feminine hermeneutic. Children need both a father and mother in the natural family and the supernatural family that is the Church. Thus only a man can marry a woman and be open to the propagation of new life in a biological, natural way, the true meaning of sexuality anchored in natural law.
Priests are a liturgical sacramental sign of Jesus Christ the Bridegroom and the Church (all the baptized, clergy and laity together) are the sacramental sign of the Bride of Christ. Only men can be fathers, husbands when united to a wife and a sacramental icon of Jesus the Bridegroom in the Liturgy. Nothing new here and Pope Francis has emphasized this in a way no recent pope has done, even Pope Benedict!
When you watch the three stories below, the one I had most sympathy with is the one who was abused by two priests as a child and who was able to meet with Pope Francis. His report is marvelous!
The homosexual theologian at Boston College is the least sympathetic and certainly ideological. He can't be fired because of tenure, which means he can get away with murder. When you watch him, keep in mind that TENURE=CLERICALISM but in the academic, not religious world.
The final guest is simply vapid. You think she is orthodox until she presents her silly agenda about women priests and why women are entitled to all seven sacraments. Her hyperbole is, oh my, embarrassing!