Tuesday, November 3, 2015
CONFUSION CONTINUES TO REIGN IN THE VATICAN AND IT IS HARD TO TELL WHO IS THE VICTIM, THE POPE OR THE CHURCH
The more that is revealed about this scandal and that quite possibly it led to Pope Benedict's resignation as he couldn't clean it up himself and that those closest to him where the problem, his hand-picked men, I wonder why in the world we even have a Vatican Bank. Maybe it should be sold to a secular banking institution completely out of the hands of the Vatican?
I suspect in the case of this new scandal precipitated by two books that are being released this week with content from Vatican insiders who are trying to disrupt the Pope's efforts to clean up the finances of the Vatican which resulted in the Vatican arresting a priest-monsignor and a lay woman, both appointees of Pope Francis, who may well have leaked sensitive information to the authors, that Pope Francis is being victimized by them and these books.
However, there were red flags by conservative bloggers when the woman was appointed to her position not the least of which were due to racy photos of her and a male friend that appeared on the internet and some other inauspicious things she had said and done. Pope Francis gave her a pass though!
But there seems to be bigger problems at the Vatican under Pope Francis compared to Pope Benedict. It is clear now that Pope Benedict was not an administrator and disliked it, thus he delegated too much to men he trusted who betrayed him.
But Pope Benedict was a brilliant theologian and teacher of the Faith. He did not confuse anyone with his teachings and he did heroic work in bringing back Catholic orthodoxy and orthopraxis to rank and file Catholics.
Pope Francis on the other hand is no theologian. He is not clear in what he teaches and some of what he teaches seems to come very close to changing doctrine. He is a loose canon when it comes to the interviews he gives and the telephone calls he makes and the words he uses that are used against the orthodox.
The Holy Father's interview with the Italian atheist journalist where the journalist, who has misquoted Pope Francis before (or did he?) adds to even more confusion concerning mercy and morality, sexual morality in particular and those in irregular, illicit marriages.
The just completed synod was spun as an exercise in the messiness of synodality. It was simply a mess and you can put all the lipstick you want on a pig but it is still a pig!
There is more polarization in the Church today then we had since 1968 and much of it caused by Pope Francis and his ambiguities.
This is a mess for the entire Church, clergy and laity together and it is of Pope Francis' making. The Financial scandal is a mess for the Vatican. I wish the first mess would be cleaned up first--its impacting more people in the Church than the stupid Vatican finances! Sell the damn bank!