Never retiring incense…
Pope Francis did not preside over the traditional New Year’s Eve Solemn Sung Vespers and Benediction with the Te Deum. Officials say “Sciatica”. Hmm! Code word?
At this point who cares. If Francis dies or resigns....who cares. The damage from the abdication and the Francis papacy has been so great as to rival the Reformation. The next pope will be 10x worse than this guy. He filled the College with horrible horrible men more radical than himself. In the last 50 years they ruined the Mass, the priesthood, Catholic culture is gone, Catholic education is a memory, religious life is in a shambles. Catholic morality has been abandoned. We saw the pope discard the ancient title of Vicar of Christ.The vast vast majority of priests are uneducated, morally questionable, pathetic, effeminate men who couldn’t preach their way out of a paper bag. All around the world the pope and bishops and priests agreed that the Mass and sacraments were not essential and denied them to the Few remaining faithful Catholics. And the last attack has been on the family itself. Again I say who cares. No human person can ever restore the Faith from the smoldering wreckage that we see. Even at Christmas at the end of a horrible year the Vatican couldn’t even give the simple gift of a beautiful Manger scene in St. Peter’s as a sign of beauty and hope. We were presented an ugly and I would say blasphemous representation of I don’t even know what to call it, but it certainly was not the Holy Family. Francis took part in a pagan worship service in the Vatican in October of 2019 and since then God allowed a plague to sweep over the world.
The altar of the chair looks so barren without.......wait for it.....the altar. The altar in the chancel is sitting on portable riser/boxes. Literally overnight, a masterpiece was reduced to a chair nook with an altar propped up on boxes some distance away.
Anonymous at 4.13,I agree with a lot of what you just then wrote. But I disagree with how you describe “the vast majority of priests”; some priests have some of the traits you list but not the majority, in my opinion, and in my experience.
When I see the young priests, like my pastor of 32, who celebrates the EF each week, I have hope. Certain priests, one whom posts here with his lefty nonsense, are part of a lost generation who damaged the Church greatly. They can't exit the stage fast enough.
Well, Bergoglio WAS exposed about a week back to his positive testing almoner, so the thought did cross my mind (and likely many other's given the Vatican record on telling the truth). However, he is set to do a video address, which is tough to pull off if ill. But, time will tell, and folk can pray.
I have no idea how painful sciata is, but he seemed fine during the Angelus address.
I'm no Francis fan....but even the THOUGHT of sciatica leaves me wincing in pain.......it certainly makes sense to me.....now if he cancels his address then we know otherwise.....
The two most excruciating and, I'd go so far as to say, debilitating pains I have encountered were 1) surgery to fix an ingrown toenail which involved removing a third of the nail and lots and lots of alcohol soaked gauze, and 2) sciatica caused by a severely herniated disc (L4-5). The former cleared up in about 3 days. When the sciatica hit big time I lived in a codeine cloud for 6 days before surgery. Dr. Fremont Philip Worth, neurosurgeon, is a genius. I woke up after the 1.5 hour surgery pain free and have remained so, at least as far as my lumbar regions are concerned, since January 1993!
And here's me thinking that he (pope Francis) has decided to imitate St Joseph and say nothing...
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