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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pope Francis: Those Close To Him

The Curia is divided. "But Oh! That is perfectly natural! It is natural that things in this fallen world become divided when Christ is present! This is nothing new! Nothing new under the sun!"

So, it seems that there are fellows in the Vatican who are at odds with the current Pontiff, and who have not yet been banished away to the Order of Malta. Here are the anonymous critical quotations.
1. The large stomach of the Vatican still has not yet digested the last address of Pope Francis to the Curia on December 22 of last year. […] The address still burns under the skin of many Curials. 'If someone would have had the courage to get off his chair and to leave the Sala Clementina while the Pope was presenting his list [of reproaches and accusations], then, I think, all – or nearly all – would have left: right-wing or left-wing, young or old.

2. Today, with the distance of two years, some of those wearers of the purple color who were then joining in jubilation might regret to have given their own vote to the then-76-year-old Archbishop. A struggle for Rome has started, and it is not at all clear who stands where – also because Francis himself speaks in a contradictory way. But there is already taking place a wrestling [a grappling]. And from October 4 on when between 200 and 300 bishops will meet in Rome for the [2015] Synod in order to speak about family questions, it could come to even harder fights.

3. Ideally, a family should have three children? That is what he [Pope Francis] said, during the press conference on the flight back from the trip to the Philippines. I am not astonished that many good Catholics felt offended.

4. On "Who am I to judge?" '[This was a] sentence which has been abused by many media, Pope Francis did damage to the Church. ... He has, without intending it, favored the advance of the homosexual lobby which he claims to fight.'

5. Of Cardinal Marx, who is admired by Pope Francis:  'As a social ethicist, Cardinal Marx might have some knowledge about the [commercial-financial] dependencies of subsidiaries toward their mother company. But, in the context of the Church, such comments should rather be left to the village pub.'

6. But the Church is universal, and the greatest poverty is the spiritual poverty, as one sees it especially in the Occident, where the number of Catholics is continually dwindling. Unfortunately, the Pope has very little interest in Europe.

7. I think, he [Pope Francis] wants to lead the forthcoming Synod on the Family in October onto a certain path so that the Synod Fathers feel urged to choose [putatively] merciful solutions – which would be, in my eyes, not be a true mercy – especially with regard to the question whether remarried people shall be admitted to Holy Communion.

Three cheers for the Francis Effect!


"Certainly [gay sexuality] can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift."

-Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, Pope Francis' latest appointment to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

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