Pope Francis Dropping The ‘VICAR OF CHRIST’ Title — Canon Anthony Churchill, STL, From The U.K. Has This To Say.
Father Anthony Churchill, STL, of Sussex, U.K. is one of my closest collaborators when it comes to my papal work. Do a search on this blog for ‘Fr. Churchill’.
He, as the STL, denotes (see below) is extremely knowledgeable on theology. He has spent much time in Rome and has has concelebrated Mass with Paul VI in Rome and Pope Benedict XVI in London.
The Vicar of Christ
The interesting fact about this new layout of the Vatican Year Book is political rather than theological. Such a change could hardly have been made without the knowledge and approval of the Pope himself. It is at once strange and, to my mind, most inappropriate.
This kind of decision does not in any way alter Catholic theology.
In Catholic teaching the Bishop of Rome is in virtue of that office the successor of St Peter, and as such he is the visible sign and instrument of the unity of the Church worldwide.
Various titles have been acquired over the centuries, which reflect historical realities. Thus the Pope is considered as the Primate of Italy and Archbishop of the Roman Province. Neither title is essential to his office, but have developed over the centuries.
The most important titles are “Servant of the servants of God” invented by Pope St Gregory the Great in the sixth century. It describes what Pope ought to be.
The other is “Vicar of Christ”.
This expresses the Pope’s function as Peter’s successor. I believe that it came into use in the late Middle Ages. Before that it had been more common to speak of the Pope as “Vicar of Peter”. Either way these titles describe what the Pope is called to be and to do.
Whether or not we use these titles does not take away from what we see as the God given function of the Pope as Peter’s successor, all that goes with that.
That said, I think this is a most odd decision. It seems to elevate the importance of the particular individual who happens to be the Pope at any one time.
In my view these ancient titles are part of our Catholic tradition and reflect the historical development of the Papacy over the centuries.
This decision, whoever was responsible, was ill judged.
The Pope is not to impose his own will on the Church without regard to the Faith and practice handed down. He is called to “preside in love” over the whole Church and to serve the unity of the Church as shepherd and teacher.
I fear that the present Pope does not always act wisely in this regard.
With ‘Stay At Home’ Folks Are Getting Desperate For Porn — They Are Even Looking At ‘National Geographic’.
But, MOST hits today (other than from my 500+ daily followers) were for those Googling: ‘National Geographic topless porn‘!
34 of those searches came to this blog.
Obviously, I only get a very, very, very small fraction of the total searches.
That means that there must have been THOUSANDS of searches on: ‘National Geographic topless porn‘.
That is SAD! That is funny. That is SAD.
How desperate do you have to be to search on this.
Alas, I am NOT an expert porn. Folks ask me on a regular basis for recommendations and I have to always disappoint them.
But, if my topless posts help, I am glad.
Help yourself. Be my guest. Go to town.
Gallery of the National Geographic topless pictures since 2014.
I have always maintained that the Pope as ‘Vicar of Christ’
has moral responsibilities.
This is HUGE!
The implications are staggering.
And in the midst of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic?
Timing is extremely strange & suspect.
Basically the pope is saying: ‘I do NOT represent Christ/God on Earth. Do not hold me responsible. I am just the Bishop of Rome‘.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller points out that in the new presentations of the titles of the Pope, there are mixed together titles with dogmatic significance with those that do not bear such weight and who have a historical background (such as “Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City”).
German Cardinal Gerhard Müller supposedly called this an “embarrassment” & “a theological barbarism“. Wow.
Make up your own mind.
This is HUGE. Trust me on that.
The Timing? The Timing?
This is crazy.
I have said that he is the Donald Trump of Popes. SMILE.
But, maybe Donald Trump will try to buy this title from the Pope. It has to be worth Trillions.
I am SORRY. But, this has been bothering I.
Yes, we ordered a LOT of takeout, recently — Sunday, March 22, to be exact — and we enjoyed it for the next 3-days. It was good. It was from our favorite restaurant.
Some of YOU know that I am friends with AT LEAST 4 restaurant OWNERS — and countless folks that work at restaurants.
I sure want to help them and support them.
But, ordering and eating takeout seems counter-intuitive.
Yes, I checked the online reports that claim it is SAFE.
That Sunday we got takeout we ate it — OUTSIDE — WITHOUT first microwaving it. That was a mistake.
If you do get takeout MICROWAVE it — ZP IT GOOD — for a few minutes.
Just imagine. Somebody, asymptomatic, coughs on YOUR takeout as they are packing it.
Yes, microwaving will help. Yes, that will kill the virus (I am sure).
OK. I checked with a DOCTOR. Honest. I did. I do have cousins (who still speak to I) who are doctors. SMILE.
She, who lives in the US, tells me that she will NOT get takeout. That is good enough for I.
I had been thinking about Easter, April 12, 2020.
Where to get takeout.
Now … NO.
You KNOW That Trump Is Lying About Russia, Saudi & Oil, Just As He Has Always Done With Chinese Tariffs — RIGHT?
Distract the naive from the 6.5 million unemployment claims.
Manipulate the markets. And he did. I am not complaining. SMILE. I made out. I never trade on Trump news, Trump claims, Trump lies or Trump Tweets. It just feels DIRTY. I don’t do dirty.
Sad and funny.
A grown man, a grandfather that LIES. He knows that we know he lies. He doesn’t care.
Amazing. What a country. What a President.