Wednesday, December 13, 2023



He’s been called the dictator pope, but popes, in tradition, have been dictators, but to soften it, they wear the trappings of the monarchy, of the imperial court, rather than that of a dictator, especially of the South American variety, where uniforms are used. In Pope Francis’ case it is the simple papal cassock unadorned.

The next pope, and I am clairvoyant as we all know, will be a moderate, middle of the road but leaning toward healing the schism created in the last 10 years rather than exacerbating it. 

You will see some papal trappings return to soften the dictatorial mandates the pope will have to issue, thus making it more in line with monarchy than dictatorship. This will be true in relaxing rigid laws that prevent a more conservative approach to the liturgy and doctrine, meaning the TLM will be given more permission and clarity of thought and banishing ambiguity will wear a velvet glove. 

The scandalous micromanagement of parish bulletins in terms of the parish Mass schedule and where Mass will be celebrated will be rescinded. Subsidiaritätsprinzip (that word is a spell check replacement of this, subsidiarity!!!!) in these things will be recovered.

Pope Francis in an interview on Wednesday said we should be worried about his health as it is very serious, read, terminal!  You don’t need to be a medical professional to make that diagnosis.  The Holy Father also stated that he has worked with his MC concerning his funeral and that he will be buried at St. Mary Major because it is his favorite of the four major basilicas. (It is mine too!)

He said the end is near…Viva the ill papa!


rcg said...

All of this makes me sad. I want Pope Francis to feel loved by his flock and not be misguided by the greater love we feel, and should feel, for the Church and Word of God. It seems he wants obedience to his person as Pope when it appears at times he is disconnected from the charter of that office.

“I love your majesty according to my bond; no more nor less.“

Mark Thomas said...

Excerpts from the Vatican News report on the interview.

-- Pope: My health is better, I have no plans to resign.

“I feel well, I feel better,” he said. “Sometimes,” the Pope revealed, “they tell me that I am reckless because I feel like doing things and moving about.” It is a sign, he said, that “I am quite well.”

The Holy Father reveals a desire to travel to Belgium in 2024, in addition to “pending” trips to Polynesia and his native Argentina.


-- Relationship with Benedict XVI

“My relationship with Pope Benedict was very close. Sometimes I went to consult him. And he, with great wisdom, would give me his opinion. But he would say, ‘You see [what you think]’, and he would leave it in my hands. He always helped me. He was very generous in this.”

Pope Francis described it as a “grace” to have been able to “bid farewell” to his predecessor, having just heard from a nurse that he was ill and asking for prayers for him during the last general audience in 2022.

“I went to see him,” he recounts, “He was lucid, but he could no longer speak and he was holding my hand, like this. It was beautiful, that farewell. It was beautiful. And after three days he died. Benedict was a great man, a humble, simple man who, when he realized his limitations, had the courage to say enough. I admire this man.”


-- No plans for resignation

As on other occasions, the Pope said he would not rule out the possibility of one day following in Benedict’s footsteps, but repeated that now is not the time.


Asked if it is true, as some critics claim, that after the passing of his predecessor, he has “become tougher,” while at the same time, his detractors have become “more virulent, more ferocious,” Pope Francis responded with a joke:

“No, someone needs to be smacked around a little...”. He makes the comparison with fathers in their relationship with their children:

“Sometimes a lecture is needed, but people are very good in here. I am complicated and sometimes a bit impatient and they put up with me.... The people in the Curia are very good.”

“But now you are less strict with them…” Alazraki observed, to which the Pope responded, “It’s just that even grandparents get better, it’s part of the aging of life.”


The newly elected President Javier Milei also invited the Pope to Argentina in a telephone conversation after his election victory.

Responding to a question about the expressions about the Pope used by the new president himself in the past, Pope Francis said: “In the electoral campaign things are said in jest, I say in quotes: they are said seriously, but they are provisional things, things that serve to create a bit of attention, but then fade away by themselves.

You have to distinguish a lot between what a politician says in the election campaign and what he actually does afterward, because then comes the moment of concreteness, of decisions.”


Mark Thomas

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

A more unvarnished description :

the Egyptian said...

That picture makes Francis look tiny and kind of bitter