A SPIRIT OF KINDNESS, WELCOME AND DIALOGUE! THE VATICAN ISSUES YET ANOTHER CLARIFICATION ON SOMEONE POPE FRANCIS HAS MET!
Priests and deacons have friends and not all of our friends are good Catholics. Is this a shock to people? In fact some of my friends aren't even Catholic! Does that shock you?
I have been out to supper with those who are homosexual. Is that an endorsement of their lifestyle? Does it indicate that I am in league with them or worse yet? What message do I send when I have friends who are fornicating, adulterating, not going to Mass on Sunday or have renounced the Catholic Faith?
I also have friends who have some racist tendencies and use vulgar language. Who in the south doesn't have these kinds of friends. Does this mean I endorse racism and segregation and the vile language that so many use in our culture today?
And now we have Catholics whose ideological loyalties are firmer than their Catholic loyalties carping against the pope because he meets all kinds of people in the world to include despots and dictators and has gay friends.
We already know who was called "Hitler's Pope" because he is said not to have spoken forcefully enough about the genocide Hitler was committing.
We already know how Pope Benedict was painted as a Nazi youth because he was enrolled in a youth program by the Nazis and I suspect he and his family had Nazi acquaintances and friends.
And so it comes to a sad state of affairs that Pope Francis is accused of endorsing "hate" when he meets with Kim Davis and of endorsing unnatural sex when he has a gay friend who has a gay partner and their relationship with the pope is cordial.
And thus we have yet another clarification from the Vatican about yet another meeting the pope has had with someone. And the clarification states the obvious:
(Vatican Radio) Father Federico Lombardi,
SJ, the head of the Holy See Press Office has released a statement on
Pope Francis' meeting with Mr. Yayo Grassi during his visit to
Please find the full statement below:
Statement of Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, Director of Holy See Press Office
Regarding the Meeting of Pope Francis with Mr. Yayo Grassi in Washington, DC
Mr. Yayo Grassi, a former Argentine student of Pope Francis, who had
already met other times in the past with the Pope, asked to present his
mother and several friends to the Pope during the Pope’s stay in
Washington, DC. As noted in the past, the Pope, as pastor, has
maintained many personal relationships with people in a spirit of
kindness, welcome and dialogue.
My final comment and question: We have heard the panicked cries of insecure Catholics on both fringes of Catholicism, the ideological left and right over this pope and who he chooses to meet, and the friends he has.
The vast, vast silent majority of Catholics in the middle more than likely don't give a hoot about who the pope meets or who his friends are. They simply want to live their Catholic lives in peace, go to Mass and have some sense that God is with them, loving them, forgiving them and giving them peace.
HOW CAN WE SUPPORT GOOD PRACTICING CATHOLICS STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THE SHRILL VOICES ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT?