Last month, September 10, 2020.
Well, we know how that worked out. Tens of thousands have DIED since then.
So, why is Pope Francis now blaming a SYSTEM … rather than God.
He is so disingenuous. Another Donald Trump. Shameless.
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August 25th 2020
I can see the obvious similarities between “Trump versus Biden” and “Francis versus whoever” . I think there is a lot truth in that, but the conclave will be rather more complex than that. As in U.S. politics, so in the Church, there is a deep division between those who are enthusiastic supporters of Francis and those who, for a variety of reasons, oppose him.
In my view that only describes part of the story. Many Catholics do not so easily fit into one camp or the other. Right wing American Catholics are inclined to see their Republican Party ideals and values as part and parcel of their Catholic Faith.
They look at the Gospel through Republican filters,
For them Francis seems to be a dangerous socialist and radical after the style of Bernie Sanders. Whereas in Europe many take a much more nuanced view.
Certainly there are many Catholics in Europe and Australia who more or less share the American “Right’s” analysis and hostility, but as I see it, these people tend to communicate only with those of a like mind. They do not represent as many ordinary Catholics as they might think.
Francis’ concern for the poor is shared by very large numbers of Catholics who cannot so easily be classified as liberals or conservatives. Quite a number of Cardinals share that concern. It will become apparent that a good number of Cardinals from the “Global South” have very different priorities, which will govern their attitudes going into the Conclave.
Edward Pentin’s book is a very useful analysis of the views of his 19 candidates, but the analysis clearly reflects his own views. It can be very helpful toto read what he has discovered of their views on a range of subjects. It does not follow that what he sees as a negative will be seen in that light by the Cardinals who will certainly study it with interest.
I think that it might take a little time for a consensus to emerge as it has to for a Cardinal to achieve the necessary two thirds of the votes, but I suspect that unlike the American November election the Conclave will be altogether more subtle.
If I can risk a prediction, I cannot see the “Anti-Francis” Cardinals having enough support to elect Cardinal Sarah, or even Raymond Burke ( utterly impossible surely).
Equally I cannot see the strongly “Pro Francis” crowd being sufficiently numerous to elect Cardinal Tagle.
The group of Cardinals who don’t really belong in either camp will be crucial in obtaining the requisite two thirds. I suspect we need to know much more about their concerns.
I certainly see parallels with Trump versus Biden, but that will only be part of the story.
These are my initial thoughts bearing in mind that, as always, so much will depend on when the Conclave happens. We could yet see one or two more consistories with new candidates, and many of the ones mentioned in Pentin’s book will soon reach 80 years old. I cannot see the election of an octogenarian Pope.
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Image from yesterday’s post.
The timing could NOT have been any worse for the pope. Day after he was carousing with the faithful NOT WEARING a mask — & saying “COVID will be beaten by God’s love” — his pet cardinal, Tagle, tests positive. Ooops!
Kind of embarrassing. But, we all know God loves his little pranks.
Cardinal Tagle is NOT the first cardinal to catch COVID. He is at least the 3rd.
On March 30, 2020, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the Vicar of Rome, was hospitalized with COVID. A few days later Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou, of Burkina Faso, came down with it. There might have been others. So Catholic cardinals, despite being the supposed Princes of the Church, are not immune or spared.
Pope Francis MIGHT want to rethink his line & belief on COVID.
You got to hand it to Francis. He got it RIGHT.
He had admitted to having a girlfriend when he was a teenager. I guess we NOW KNOW that he isn’t a virgin. Thank GOD for that.
This raises a number of questions though.
UNLIKE the pope, many Catholic priests CLAIM to be virgins. YES, they do. No jokes (especially about little boys). So, does this mean that these poor priests have missed out on DIVINE PLEASURE. How cruel on the part of God.
Does divine pleasure ONLY apply to married, hetrosexual sex? I hope to GOD it does NOT include little boys! I am not joking. And I won’t even mention sheep.
I assume that homosexual sex does NOT qualify — with or without boys.
The pope also goes onto say: “and guarantee the perpetuation of the species“.
That cracks me up — coming from a celibate.
So, God is OK with celibate clergy though that means that the clergy plays no role in perpetuation of the species. I don’t need to mention boys — THANK GOD.
As for pleasure of food. The pope is walking proof.
Let’s get this STRAIGHT & RIGHT. No beating around the bush.
WE HAVE NOT BEATEN COVID-19 YET BECAUSE GOD HASN’T GOTTEN AROUND TO DOING IT?
“Will be beaten by God’s Love“.
It is NOT beaten yet — so God’s fault?
So, I agree with the Pope.
What do YOU think?
I am surprised Trump hasn’t used this defense.
I do NOT know. We are in uncharted territory. The previous pope to resign, i.e., Gregory XII, genuinely retired & went into obscurity OUTSIDE of Rome. He did NOT get a papal funeral — & from what I can see, even one due a cardinal.
I do NOT think the ex-pope is entitled to a full papal funeral.
For the very simple reason that he was NOT a pope when he died. He, by choice, was an EX-POPE.
Yes, he will be buried in St. Peter’s at the Vatican (I am sure (unless he has managed to fanagle it so that he can be buried in Germany)). I have no problem with that. As one who had been pope he is entitled to be buried in St. Peter’s.
But, to afford him a FULL papal funeral, with the 9-days of formal mourning — i.e., novendiales — would be wrong. He is an EX-pope, an the ex- was NOT because he died.
Francis already has enough trouble from this ex-pope. Affording him a full papal funeral will just exacerbate matters.
That is what I think? What do YOU think?
IF he did, as he promised, nobody, friend or foe, would have to SILENCE him.
Oh, NO. He has to have his say. Continue to get some limelight.
He is man with an EGO as BIG as Trump’s!
He should not be trying to cause dissent & division in the Church.
And HIM spouting about homosexuality is RICH because I am sure he is …. SMILE.
Well, you can’t feel sorry for Francis. He is pope. He is a big boy.
But, I am sure Francis does NOT feel as kindly towards the EX- as he did at the start. SMILE.
All but fodder to the rich grist mill.
As I predicted 4-months ago. Was NOT hard.
As a senior curialist Luis Tagle he definitely was entitled to be a Cardinal Bishop. That he did NOT get the vacant Suburbicarian See was interesting. But, to be fair, Benjamino Stella (Italy), is more senior in terms of the curial dicastery he heads.
This is great for the Catholic Filipinos. They will be ecstatic. Good for them.
It still does NOT make him papabile. Not even close.
He now has 3 strikes against him:
- Way, way, way too YOUNG!
- Too exotic, for current times. Church wants to re-trench, get back to its roots.
- Coming across TOO much as Francis’ MAN, and Francis is losing his popularity among prelates.
He openly asked God to intervene. That was over 3-weeks ago.
Tens of thousands have died.
He must know that he failed.
He must know that he has much say with God as I do — and I might even contend that I have a better relationship with God since he knows I am, totally 100% honest, no nonsense.
The Pope has failed.
Look at the picture. He is slumped to a side.
That he dropped his ‘Vicar of Christ‘ title is NO COINCIDENCE.
He knows he is NOT the ‘Vicar of Christ‘.
He know that he has been an imposter.
George Pell (b. 1941, 78-years old) was convicted of ‘sodomy’
in December 2018.
He was given a 6-year prison sentence
with 3 years 8 months compulsory (i.e., no-parole).
He has been serving that sentence since at least February 2019 (if not earlier).
This was the outcome was what was his 2nd appeal.
This is HUGE — for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis & Pell.
The Francis always insisted that he was innocent and did not strip him of his title.
Huge black eye for Australia.
There will be ramifications & recriminations.
Is he AGAIN papabile? I don’t think so. But, I could be wrong.