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August 10th, 2016

Pope Francis Says Something Good

This blog spends quite a bit of time criticising the Holy Father’s utterances—so it is good to be able to applaud him for a change.

A few days ago the Holy See made public a transcript of the closed-door meeting that took place between the Pope and the Polish bishops on the first day of his recent visit to that country. There’s been speculation that this only happened because the  proceedings had already been leaked,  and the Vatican wanted to prevent further speculation about what the Pope actually said.

I believe his remarks were rather encouraging. See what you think: Here are his actual words:

In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] ‘gender’. Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this is terrible! In a conversation with Pope Benedict, who is in good health and very perceptive, he said to me: ‘Holiness, this is the age of sin against God the Creator’. He is very perceptive. God created man and woman; God created the world in a certain way… and we are doing the exact opposite. God gave us things in a ‘raw’ state, so that we could shape a culture; and then with this culture, we are shaping things that bring us back to the ‘raw’ state! Pope Benedict’s observation should make us think. ‘This is the age of sin against God the Creator’.

The leading Italian journalist  Sandro Magister pointed out that most of the mainstream media  ignored these words from Pope Francis, adding caustically that  this comes as no surprise, as it happens every time the Holy Father says something that clashes with his dominant media image, as a pope open to modernity.

I admit I am puzzled by these remarks by Pope Francis. They are a bit wordy and repetitive, and in parts a little obscure, but his central message is clear enough. The Holy Father is having a good belt at transgenderism: but he’s doing so before an audience—the Polish bishops—who would agree with him 100%, on this matter at least. Why can’t he proclaim it from the housetops—say in an encyclical? How much more edifying that would be to his beleaguered flock than banging on about climate change and making Delphic utterances about the possibility of Holy Communion for unrepentant adulterers.

I think I know why not. Our Holy Father likes to be loved, to be the most popular pope ever; he revels in the plaudits of the media. If he were to preach the above message to the whole world, his popularity would vanish overnight. There are already signs that some of the modernists who rejoiced so greatly after his election are disappointed with what they regard as the slow pace of “change” during this pontificate. And that’s surely a good thing.

Pope Francis needs a lot of prayer.

 

 

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