Pope Francis Admits To Stealing A Dead Priest’s Cross From A Casket! Is NOTHING Sacred?
by Anura Guruge
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I like this Pope, he is a definite four orders of magnitude improvement on the previous one. Plus, I identified him correctly as a papabile way back, in print, in 2010. But he says the darndest things. It is as if he thrives on being provocative and getting media attention.
To admit to stealing is quite a thing. Even I, despite being a heathen, know that the Ten Commandments has a prohibition against stealing.
So I am befuddled as to why this Pope would BOAST about stealing — moreover, stealing from a dead priest’s casket? Is there nothing sacred in the Catholic world? Will we hear from his next week that he went around unearthing coffins at night to plunder their contents?
Yes, as a papal historian, I fully appreciate that in the overall scheme of the manifold sins perpetrated by popes, during, before and after their papacies, that stealing from a coffin only warrants but ‘1’ on a scale of ‘1-to-10’. But, nonetheless it is disturbing and I don’t know about YOU, but this does NOT enhance my respect for the pope. IF he thought that this revelation will make him come across as even more SPECIAL, he was mistaken — BIG TIME.
I feel bad for Catholics. They have enough to contend with the ongoing, near-ending clergy sex crime saga. They don’t need a pope, a popular one at that, admitting to robbing caskets.
You would think that God would put a 4 second time-delay on this pope’s utterings so he can BLEEP out some of the damaging drivel he appears unable to contain.
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I do, however, have some context and perspective for this papal confession. In my recent ‘Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia‘ book I talk about how on Boxing Day 1958 Pope John XXIII (#262) admitted to a group of prisoners in Rome, while making a visit to the prison, that one of his brothers had been caught and incarcerated for poaching. Rome was scandalized that a pope would say such a thing. The Vatican semi-official newspaper, the L’Osservatore Romano refused to print his comments. Now this pope’s confession, about himself rather than a relative, is all over world news.