The fact that it is not just the world--but even, seemingly, the pope--is set against faithful Catholics is weighty and depressing.
I can, however, offer a few insights I've glanced at in the past week. Most of these were linked to via Barnhardt's Twitter feed, so special thanks to her for finding these links.
A Verbally and Mentally Abusive Father
"Imagine a father who lives in the picturesque suburbs. He has a good job, a loving wife, and several beautiful children of various ages. Many people look up to this man as an exemplary model within the community. Most say he is on his way to sainthood.
"As an outsider, this is only a part of the full picture. Now imagine if this same father spends more time playing with the other children in the neighborhood than he does his own children.
"When his children ask why their father would rather play with the other children and not his own, he in turn starts teasing them, making fun of them, and insisting that they are being whiny brats, instead of getting a loving answer in regards to why he is neglecting their emotional health.
"Additionally, his children are victim to several bullies in the neighborhood, tormenters who are relentless and look for any flaw in these children in order to persecute them. The father’s words and actions give these bullies ammunition to use against his children. Then the aggressors pounce upon the children and use the father’s own words against them.
When some of the children get rightfully upset and complain about their father supporting the bullies more than themselves, their siblings yell at them and force their ideas into submission. “You can’t criticize Dad! He’s our father! You have to be obedient and submissive to his will, after all, he knows better than you do.” With this, the family has become more divided than before. Not only is the father allowing the world to abuse his children the same way he does, but some of the children viciously defend his abusive actions."
"Recent comments offered by Pope Francis on the return flight from Manila to Rome seem to suggest that the warm, kindly, humble image of the man is as much illusion as reality."
CFN Media 1 - Catholics Need not Breed LIke Rabbits
"First video in our new CFN Media series discusses Pope Francis' January 19 remark regarding Catholics need not breed 'like rabbits'."
"It is a serious matter when a pope confuses political and ideological symbols for religious ones.
"Civil society has an immense stake in that confusion. And the stakes are raised when papal preferences, masked in a Christian idiom, align themselves with ideological agendas (e.g. radical environmentalism) that impinge on democratic freedoms and the sanctity of the individual. Throughout the history of the Church, there has been tension between Peter and Caesar, between the Church and the state. Francis, raised in Argentina during the apogee of Peronism, gives every evidence of tilting toward the state."
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At least we don't have Female Bishops yet...
|"Does that look like someone who is sobered by the burden of assuming spiritual leadership? Or the smirking triumph of someone who has finally managed to corrupt a once-great institution?" -Vox Day|