His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago died yesterday. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
He wrote this not too long ago. Was His Eminence engaging us in the art of exaggeration (hyperbole) in order to catch our attention or was his warning something Archbishop Blase Cupich should take seriously and will happen to him and his successors? I opine, you react.
expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor
will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the
shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the Church has done so often in human history.”
O LORD have mercy on the soul of this servant and apostle Francis Cardinal George and grant him eternal rest.
No, I don't think it was hyperbole at all.
One only need to look to San Francisco to see how it could become possible.
No, I don't think it was hyperbole either. The Church will be purified through suffering which has begun already with the Christian martyrs in the Middle East. And the Church is hated in many sections of our communities, as Vox Cantoris points out.
Requiescat in pace, Cardinal George, good and faithful servant of the Lord.
Here is what Cardinal George had to say about the quote back in 2012:
"Speaking a few years ago to a group of priests, entirely outside of the current political debate, I was trying to express in overly dramatic fashion what the complete secularization of our society could bring. I was responding to a question and I never wrote down what I said, but the words were captured on somebody’s smart phone and have now gone viral on Wikipedia and elsewhere in the electronic communications world. I am (correctly) quoted as saying that I expected to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. What is omitted from the reports is a final phrase I added about the bishop who follows a possibly martyred bishop: “His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” What I said is not “prophetic” but a way to force people to think outside of the usual categories that limit and sometimes poison both private and public discourse."
No offense, but I wouldn't expect Cupich to die in jail, I'd be more apt to believe that he will capitulate to "mercy". Though I would believe that some of his more faithful flock would die in prison
Once SCOTUS passes ssm, priests, bishops, dioceses, schools, families will be impacted for the worse...that will be the beginning
Thanks Fr. G for the elaboration you found.
This is the trajectory we are on unless God intervenes in some way.
He will sometimes allow things to transpire for a greater good,to satisfy His Divine Justice, and for the benefit of His Holy Church.
It is ever a time to pray, fast and give alms that God will extend to us us His mercy.
Since Monday after morning Mass, my Rosary Group [composed of women - singles and widows] has been praying for the defense and protection of SF Archbishop Cordileone, and for the repose of the soul of Cardinal George.
Least we can do.
It isn't hyperbole if it's the Truth.
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