I kinda wasn't too surprised to hear the pope say he prays that people fall to temptation.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out the kind of Catholics he curses.
You know the irony of his ruthless perversion of prayer and role of a Pope?
Catholics who want their religion taught to them are the very Catholics who humbly acknowledge their temptation and sin. That is why we constantly beg for pastoral perspectives on ways to recognize the devil long before he has us duped, ways to circumvent temptation and sin and remain in a state of Sanctifying Grace.
We are, in fact, the very people who are examining our conscience, going to confession to have our sins absolved, filling our soul with the Body and Blood of Christ so we have the strength to not act on our temptations.
When we go to the Pope to ask him to preserve the institution to cure sinners with Sanctifying Grace, he utters a curse that we fall into sin.
This is nothing new. We have been dealing with priests and bishops like him for as long as we can remember.
They stop giving us the tools we need to stay in a state of Grace. Then they say things that make listeners think sins aren't sins anymore. Then when those of us who know they are sins ask for the Church that absolves sins, they get pissy and start insulting us, calling us names. They publicly tell the congregation that folks like us who don't want to sell our soul for a hug and kiss from them, are antiquated people who don't know what love is.
They send hostility and venom our direction, throw the word "Pharisee" around and misrepresent Christ and the Gospel.
This one curses us.
I wish he would simply have the decency to face the reasons he doesn't want us around. Our presence and witness reminds people what they are doing - or teaching others to do - is sinful. What we have to do to ask for the Church that absolves sins and gives out Sanctifying Grace, makes what they teach and do, a lie. They can't feel good about what they are saying and doing so they concoct a tall story that we are viscous people who deserve their slander, insults and exiles.
The pope has seriously damaged Church teaching. It has robbed people I love and care about of right judgement they need for their salvation. It would be sinful to express how I feel about his antics. But in my worst hour I have never wished he fall into temptation and sin to fix his perversion of humility.