OnePeterFive:The Pope speaks does action follow?


The Pope Speaks, But Do His Actions Follow?

Image: screenshot of Catholic News Service video.

The words that the sovereign Pontiff delivered yesterday, 4 June, in Saint Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday seemed to me to be very interesting. He addressed all Catholics and said:

“For this to happen, we need to avoid two recurrent temptations. The first temptation seeks diversity without unity. This happens when we want to separate, when we take sides and form parties, when we adopt rigid and airtight positions, when we become locked into our own ideas and ways of doing things, perhaps even thinking that we are better than others, or always in the right. When this happens, we choose the part over the whole, belonging to this or that group before belonging to the Church. We become avid supporters for one side, rather than brothers and sisters in the one Spirit. We become Christians of the “right” or the “left,” before being on the side of Jesus, unbending guardians of the past or the avant-garde of the future before being humble and grateful children of the Church. The result is diversity without unity. The opposite temptation is that of seeking unity without diversity. Here, unity becomes uniformity, where everyone has to do everything together and in the same way, always thinking alike. Unity ends up being homogeneity and no longer freedom.”

I thought that it would be easier to appreciate these words if one were to know some things that I somehow know per chance. Some of them are public, others are not. Those public things are: the decision not to respond in an open and factual dialogue to the requests for clarification, for example, like those presented by four cardinals, the dubia, and supported by many others: cardinals, bishops, simple priests, scholars and laymen, also by petitions and open letters. And instead of responding to them, [the pope is] describing them as rigid; and then there are all the other insults we have heard about in these last years. But then: rewarding only and always priests whose orientation goes into a certain direction, though questionable, with the nomination as a bishop, or even handing them the red hat; neglecting others, though they are deserving due to their holiness of life, fairness of conduct, and fervor of their works; or penalizing an entire bishops’ conference, judged to be too closely linked to the Church’s tradition.

Another piece of information I have knowledge of is confidential, but I feel that I have to report it. Such as the worldwide suggestion to avoid placing priests from certain ecclesial realities – considered too conservative – on the list of episcopal candidacies. Or even, in the case of some great episcopal conferences, the creation of a sort of prohibition list – of course not to be publicized – to exclude from consultations, meetings, and so on, a certain series of cardinals and bishops; and strictly to disallow any candidates for the episcopate they have proposed.

Here, in light of all this, a speciously beautiful exhortation of Pentecost Sunday sounds a bit strange to me. Although it is always possible – it seems to me hard to believe, though – that some operations are managed without the knowledge of the Pontiff, by the characters that gravitate in his power circle.


Translation: Maike Hickson

Originally published at Reprinted with permission.

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June 5, 2017


June 5, 2017

  • Gildaswiseman

    By their fruits you will know them! What are the fruits of Pope Francis and his liberal bishops? I think we all know the answer to that question. Apostasy from the top down.

  • kiwiinamerica

    One thing to bear in mind; when Francis speaks in a formal setting such as a Sunday homily in St. Peter’s Square or a Wednesday General Audience, his remarks are often prepared by papal secretaries and speech writers who may still have retained some vestiges of traditional Catholic thought. Thus, on these occasions, his allocutions may actually be……*gasp*……..Catholic! Francis is happy to go along with this since he understands that he needs to pretend to be Catholic some of the time, in order to pacify critics and alllow himself a little wiggle room to do the mischief which is at the heart of his agenda. However, this is not the real Francis.

    The real Francis appears in his improvised daily homilies in the Casa Santa Martae, when he cusses out traditionalists and foams at the mouth at those who still hold to authentic Catholic teaching. Also in his airborne pressers when it usually all goes completely haywire (e.g. Catholics don’t have to breed like “rabbits”).

    What am I saying? That one should bear in mind the location and circumstances of Francis’ speech before deciding whether he is simply role-playing a Catholic pope and pretending to be Catholic or swinging his wrecking ball at traditional Catholic theology and practice.

    • cs

      “The opposite temptation is that of seeking unity without diversity. Here, unity becomes uniformity, where everyone has to do everything together and in the same way, always thinking alike. Unity ends up being homogeneity and no longer freedom.” – quote from Pope Francis from article

      Seems to me, Pope Francis is warning, chastising those who are rigid, and expect others to conform to their “views”. I wonder what he could be referring to; different tastes on pasta, music, opera?
      Sounds like more of the same from my viewpoint.

    • RodH/RTHEVR

      That’s right, or shows up in front of international organizations and doesn’t mention Jesus.

  • ArthurMcGowan

    These attacks on straw men are carefully composed to appear “balanced,” but they are prolefeed. Bergoglio’s inner circle of globalist Marxist abortionists know his real agenda. Just ask Emma Bonino.

  • Catholic_Mom_of_6

    So, if we are in agreement with whatever ideas Francis supports, we are diversely celebrating unity, but if we are Catholics united in our sense of being abandoned by Rome, we are guilty of diversity without unity. Got it. I think I’ll stay with the Catholics, thanks.

    • Stewart Davies

      I think you have put forward a pretty shrewd analysis, here.

  • Thomas J. McIntyre

    Which episcopal conferences are being penalized?

    • RodH/RTHEVR

      The Catholic ones, no doubt.

      • Damian Thompson, now of The Spectator, has for years written about the existence in England of a liberal ecclesiastical mafia which controls all appointments. I am certain that Tosatti is right.

  • Stewart Davies

    During the latter years of the Obama maladministration, I read a number of reports of expert forensic analyses of certain things Barry Soetoro said which, they assert, expose the workings of his subconscious mind, and by which he revealed the deceit involved in his true identity and real political objectives. And this is not unique to Obama; it is true of all of us when we are deliberately deceptive in the way we communicate our intentions. It is probably true in the case of Bergoglio; by lambasting those who are “rigid”, divisive and highly selective in what they will or will not endorse, he is revealing the workings of his own inner cunning,devious and highly uncharitable mind.

  • jdumon

    Exclusively appointing modernist liberal men in the Church’s hierarchy is the main part of the Pope’s agenda to transform the Church in an irreversible way so that she will not be recognizable within a few years.
    For example the Pope Francis was advised by the Card. Danneels to replace the trad archbp of Brussels Mgr Leonard (aged enough for retirement) by the leftist modernist Mgr De Kesel whom he appointed as head of the belgian episcopate. This was enough to make the belgian bishops conference switching 3 days ago into allowing the communion for the divorced/remarried couples thanks to Amoris Laetitia.
    Currently Francis is naming a lot of new cardinals who will participate in the next conclave with the aim to elect a new pope of his likeness if not worse: Of course the Church will become unrecognizable and transformed forever.
    If God doesn’t prevent quickly this machiavelic plot succeeding.

  • Wisdom is a Tree of Life

    “We become Christians of the “right” or the “left,” before being on the side of Jesus.” – Francis
    Well, Mr. Jorge when you start knocking down 2,000 years of the Church’s teaching on marriage with your book (The Joy of Sexual Adultery/aka Amoris Laetitia), then you are not really on the side of Jesus are you?

  • James B

    Please God, deliver us from Pope Francis.

  • The other day, the Great Leader of the Proletarian Masses, currently residing in the People’s Republic of China, passed a series of small road-side shops selling various “delicacies”. Outside some of them were buckets in which wriggled and writhed a variety of very dodgy cray-fish type things, definitely best left to the locals.

    I looked in one bucket, and it flashed into my head that the mass of grey, writhing shapes were very like Bergoglio’s mind.

    Comrades, he’s in the grip of a particular mindset that isn’t going to change. He’s being opposed, he hates it, and he’s floundering and thrashing about to increasingly little effect.

    It’s all very, very sad, really.

    • Do they keep the writhing things in kiddie pools? It seems as though that would rather perfectly extend the metaphor.

      • 🙂 Given the heavy rain at the moment, there are plenty of pools around. I’m just hoping those things don’t escape!



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