The Pope answers…
Read the article, and it' typical Allen, neither great nor horrible. I gave in to temptation and read a half dozen comments to the article, which I always swear I will never do at that nest of vipers that calls itself a Catholic website, and as usual leave with the impression that what the church really needs is a 21st century Torquemada.
FR, Uh, that is a grizzly bear in the first pic...however, I much prefer a grizzly guarding my house (Church)to a dog of any kind. So, perhaps one day we will have Pope Ursus I...a very traditonalist Ursus I. We'll send Ignotus to feed him...LOL!
I think the Holy Office should be given a list of IP addresses corresponding to the folks in the combox at NCR.... :-D
I don't think that the Pope has ever been in hibernation. There have been a lot of investigations in the past few years. I think he wants to give individuals and religious orders the opportunity to straighten themselves out first, before he lays down the law. If they had taken the opportunity, they could have saved face, but they didn't and are now being held up as examples of dissent.
Mr. Allen's articles are the only ones I can stand to read there. I think Templar is right about avoiding all the left-field comments, and perhaps even about going Torquemada on public dissidents. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! However, the Holy Father, trying to be a good shepherd, wishes to lead people into the truth by their own free will. Let's face it, there are many in religious life today who, if forced to choose, would leave the Church rather than submit to a heavy-handed pope. If true reform of religious life is possible, it must be freely chosen.
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