Thursday, February 15, 2018


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We have new insights from Pope Francis in this morning's Crux article. These revelations are very   clearly an attempt at damage control concerning the worst scandal in Catholic history which Pope Francis' recent pilgrimage to CHILE exacerbated.

My own evaluation of Pope Francis is that His Holiness is a caricature of the very things His Holiness condemns over and over again, talks too much, isn't really humble but arrogant, is too judgmental, shuts down dialogue with those who have legitimate concerns about Amoris Laetitia and some aspects of the very poor and  chaotic implementation of Vatican II in a hermeneutic of rupture destructive of the Faith.

In terms of  being judgemental,  it seems His Holiness has castigated and thrown under the bus the four Cardinals, two now dead, who served the Church in exemplary ways. In terms of some questionable aspects of the implementation of Vatican II, His Holiness seems to imply that even Pope Benedict XVI was a part of the resistance to Vatican II and thus he is not to be trusted. Pope Francis' words seem to dig a deeper hole each time His Holiness speaks off the cuff. Traditionalists should be heard and allowed to speak unless they themselves are seeking schism or are heretical.

Here is a sound bite from the Crux article:
But “when I become aware of true resistance, I suffer,” he said. It was particularly troubling when “someone joins a campaign of resistance” to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he added.
While he knew about the websites of traditionalist organizations, he preferred not to read them “to preserve my mental health,” adding that historians believe it takes a century to absorb an ecumenical council, and therefore “we are still halfway there.”
In what will be seen as a reference to so-called “dubia letter” written to him by four  cardinals protesting Amoris Laetitia, he said that when he became aware of doctrinal 
resistance, “I seek dialogue whenever it is possible; but some resistance comes from people who believe they possess the true doctrine and accuse you of being a heretic.”
“When I cannot see spiritual goodness in what these people say or write,” he added, “I simply pray for them. I find it sad, but don’t dwell on this feeling for the sake of my psychological well-being.”

Press the title for the complete article from Crux:

Pope Francis reveals he meets with victims of sex abuse on Fridays

Pope Francis reveals he meets with victims of sex abuse on Fridays
In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with Jesuits and laypeople associated with Jesuit institutions in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 10. Also pictured is Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Rome-based Jesuit journal, La Civilta Cattolica. On Thursday, the magazine published the accounts of his meetings with Jesuits during his visit to Chile and Peru. (Credit: CNS photo/courtesy La Civilta Cattolica.)

1 comment:

rcg said...

This is OK, but what is he going to *DO*? Meeting with the victims is important but has limited value to them and the Church. He needs to get a group of people to train the bishops on how to spot problems and how to deal with them. We can spend years crying and feeling bad and apologizing but one good take down of a bishop who covered up a problem motivates all the others, gives confidence to the people and victims, and protects the good clergy.