UPDATE AND PERHAPS AN ANSWER TO MY QUESTIONS BELOW AND THE ANSWERS FROM JOHN ALLEN OF CRUX WHICH YOU CAN READ BY PRESSING THIS SENTENCE!
Like me, John Allen knows that the progressive press's evaluation of Pope Francis as a laid back non judgmental pope of the 1970's "I'm okay, you're okay" ilk is simply a lie and deception and a smoke screen to push the agenda of immorality in the sex industry. POPE FRANCIS IS THE MOST JUDGMENTAL POPE THERE HAS EVER BEEN IN MODERN HISTORY! READ WHAT JOHN ALLEN SAYS OF POPE FRANCIS IN MEXICO. HE ALSO SAYS, IF POPE FRANCIS ISN'T A JUDGMENTAL POPE, HE'D HATE TO SEE ONE WHO IS!
One commenter on my blog did not like the huge Mexican state flag prominently displayed in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadeloupe for the Mass with the pope.
I know that Mexico has had a history of anti-clericalism in its government, so much so that in pre-Vatican II times, clergy and religious were forbidden by the government to wear their religious garb in public.
Then yesterday, Pope Francis wrote in the guest book of a Mexican seminary the following:
"Let all those who in this house are prepared for the priesthood, always keep foremost in their mind Jesus Christ, the Lord and His Holy Mother. And that they prepare themselves to be shepherds of the faithful people of God and not 'clerics of the state. Francis 14-2-16'"
What does it mean for the Pope to say to seminarians and by way of them to all clergy in Mexico, "(do) not (be) clerics of the state?" Please, someone who knows, please let us know. Would Pope Francis have been offended in Mexico to see the Mexican flag so prominantly displayed in the Shrine at a Mass His Holiness was celebrating? Is there a connection?
And on a different issue, how many of you go to a church that follows the example of Pope Francis' public Masses at the Vatican and on his travels where the altar is decorated like this?
Sunday's open air Mass altar!