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Equal Opportunity Offender? (Pope Francis)

ImageI said i was going to do a blog entry re Pope Francis today.It’s time to ‘get er done.’

Should look up get er done in Latin…maybe it’d sound more elegant.Anyway,this is going to be in re to Pope Francis and Emeritus Benedict.

When Pope Francis first stepped onto the balcony of St Peter’s Square and they announced Habemus Papam my first thought was,”WHO”?

Much like when Blessed John Paul II was elected.

When our new Holy Father bowed in prayer i was touched.There he won my heart.

I thought he looked rather stunned. I read a comment at Fr Z’s blog where someone opined he appeared to be taking it all in.We may never know.

It wasn’t but a few weeks later that people were making unfair contrasts of Pope Francis to Pope Emeritus Benedict-in fact they were USING Pope Francis to attack His Holiness Benedict XVI.

I can’t tell you how many times i heard how Pope Francis was humble implying Pope Benedict was not.

I recall when Pope Benedict was elected.The media couldn’t imagine how Catholics could so enthusiastically cheer the election.The attitude was,don’t they know he’s conservative?

We do know he was close to Blessed John Paul II and a brilliant but quiet man.A great choice for a number of reasons I won’t get into today.

The contrast is unfair.Pope aren’t clones. They differ in personality,background and [to a certain extent] experience due to culture.

It’s continuity of doctrine,dogma and Church tradition.

Let’s consider the claim that Francis is humble and Benedict is not.

Humility is one of the cardinal virtues.It’s interior.It is the virtue of knowing that all we have comes from God.
Simplicity is a good thing but it’s not a  cardinal virtue.

Simplicity is external. We know what it means to live a simple life-it does not guarantee humility.

There’s a difference. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI stepped down from the Papacy. You don’t get any more humble than that.Anyone who looks closely at the Pontificate of  Pope Emeritus Benedict realizes how truly humble he is.

i don’t see the need to pit one against the other.They’re different people from different countries,from different backgrounds.They’re not competing.

BTW.i heard on Twitter that some people thought Rush Limbaugh should apologize to Pope Francis for calling him a Marxist.IMHO Pope Francis has more to be concerned with than an American talk show host calling him a Marxist.All Popes have been called the anti christ.Marxist pales in comparison.Catholics in various countries are being persecuted and murdered. Recently a group of Orthodox Nuns were taken hostage by Syrian rebels. I think our Holy Father is far more concerned with these facts than being called a Marxist.

Vatican City, December 04, 2013

At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis led the faithful gathered in prayer for several nuns who were recently abducted in Syria.

On Monday, Islamist rebels invaded the St. Thecla Greek Orthodox* Convent in Maaloula, located near Damascus. They are reported to have abducted twelve nuns of the convent.

Archbishop Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Damascus, spoke to AsiaNews, saying that the whereabouts of the nuns are still unknown. “We can confirm that the nuns were forced to leave the monastery and follow these armed people,” he said.

Before leading the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in praying the Hail Mary, the Holy Father appealed for the safety of the nuns and those suffering from the conflict in Syria.

I would now like to invite you all to pray for the nuns of the Greek-Orthodox Monastery of St. Thecla in Maaloula, in Syria, who were forcibly taken by armed men two days ago,” he said. “Let us pray for these nuns, these sisters and for all people who have been kidnapped as a result of the ongoing conflict. Let us continue to pray and work together for peace. Let us now entrust ourselves to Our Lady.” (J.A.E.)

*the Orthodox Church is not Catholic.We share a common history and common beliefs.

I highly doubt Pope Francis is a ditto head.

The liberals went crazy too thinking Pope Francis supported their progressive movement.

I’ve noticed a lot of scripture quoting from liberals since Pope Francis was elected-even some heads of state quoting the Pope,like Obama. The Obama administration has attacked the Catholic Church like no administration i can even recall.

No President has been more anti Catholic than Obama.

Furthermore,there have been reports that Pope Francis mentioned ‘income inequality’ in his recent exhortation.NO SUCH PHRASE AT ALL.He used the term ‘unbridled consumerism.’

HUGE difference.

Since Pope Francis has been elected and gave some controversial (to say the least)off the cuff interviews (which are not infallible by any stretch of the imagination)the liberals again went crazy thinking this is it;Pope Francis is going to cease being Catholic.

NO folks. Pope Francis cannot and will not change Church teaching.Aint gonna happen. Women cannot be ordained priests. The Church still opposes same sex marriage, abortion,artificial birth control,euthanasia,embryonic stem cell research and cloning.It’s not going to change.Not with this pope.For that matter not with ANY pope.

Does Pope Francis believe we should care for the poor,the marginalized and less fortunate.Sure does but the Church has always taken the gospel message of love of neighbor to  heart.

Does that mean the Church believes in the economic system of redistribution of wealth? Better read the Catechism re Social Justice.Catechism of the Catholic Church
The term has been co-opted.Does the Church believe the state should ignore the poor,marginalized and less fortunate?Of course not. Reminder; the Pope is not a Democrat or Republican.  He’s not a  Progressive or Conservative.

Neither is Jesus. Lately, the question comes up a lot whether  Jesus would  be any of the above. I can’t handle. It’s a lame rhetorical question and makes for useless banter back and forth. .Jesus is God.That’s the answer.

Image(What a concept)

The Pope-whether it’s Blessed John Paul II,Emeritus Benedict the XVI or Francis-is CATHOLIC.Catholics in our secular culture who have succumbed to moral relativism should ask themselves,what it means to be Catholic.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict in the same club:
They are not the Vicar of Christ to keep everyone satisfied.