The Holy Father just can't keep himself out of trouble!
n a private email to a friend, Francis had lamented increased drug trafficking in his native Argentina, using the term "Mexicanization."
"Hopefully, we are still in time to avoid the 'Mexicanization.' I was talking to some Mexican bishops and it's a terrible situation," Francis allegedly wrote.
Pope Francis seems to have the same problem picking 'friends' that is manifesting itself in his choice of bishops for the Curia.
Who takes a private email from a friend and gives it to the press?
Who does that?
This is the least of our problems.
The real problems are beautifully expressed on a post at Rorate.
[There are those who] are scandalized by the fact that whoever tries to voice an objection in the face of the current situation is quickly labeled as “a divisive person”…The tactic of accusing dissidents of being “people who divide” usually is employed by those in power or by the spineless. We must remember that often those in power are the spineless who happen to have a lever of power in their hands. Whenever there is someone who dares to debate the issues in opposition, the ones holding power avoid the debate by withholding their own convictions and their real position, while the spineless avoid the debate because they have no convictions, and, if they have them, they do not have the courage to defend them. Nothing is easier than to hold up to public ridicule anyone who dares to crack the veneer of unity by delegitimizing him a priori; if he threatens unity, he is not allowed to speak. Truth, with a capital T, succumbs to expediency. Pilate, who prefers to remain a friend of Caesar, never stops looking for fellow travelers.
The Church of the last decades has functioned, or rather malfunctioned, by actually anchoring herself to a will to be the friend of Caesar. She has been weak to the point of losing blood on the ground of doctrine and morality. She has shown herself to be aggressive and unsparing in her repression and negation of every legitimate opinion that has the intent of reaffirming the doctrinal and moral truths. The result is to silence those whose intent is to defend her and to give free reign to those whose intent is to destroy her. This methodology is highly praised and is put into practice from the very top down to the parish church.
If the Pope praised the ideology of ISIS, appointed ISIS militants to head his Synod and incorporated their rejected ideas into his Relatio,calling it his pastoral policy on freedom of religion would be laughable.
We are done wondering what outcome the Pope hopes to achieve.
With the antics of the various characters appointed by Pope Francis coming to light, we have come to the end of the period of wondering about the Pope's agenda. It's being carried out right in front of us.
I repeat: we are in a battle to preserve the Catholic faith, and all the battles being fought on various fronts, even those that are so important like moral truth, are only the terrain of confrontation in a war that is much deeper, involving metaphysics and religion. The most important thing in play is faith.