The comments came in a meeting with Roman clergy that - get this - in order to be allowed to flow freely, Pope Francis asked not to be televised.
He seems to be suggesting all of the insults he has hurled against faithful Catholics in front of journalists were reserved expressions of how he really feels?!!
When he was ready to really let loose, he knew enough to restrict the cameras from recording what he was going to say.
Well, the Holy Father been making convincing statements about how transparent he wants to be, saying things in secret must be his idea of how transparency works?
He advised all to be suspicious of seminarians rejected by other diocese who look like they practice our faith devoutly as this is a sign of mental and psychological problems.
Yes. There is nothing as mental as the devout practice of our religion on the Isle of Crete. That's what I always say.
TTC readers will remember that Pope Francis said seminarians with sexual attractions to men was something he advises the Church not to make judgments.
He couldn't be ignorant of the mental and spiritual problems of prelates demoralizing Catholics. He must know all of the problems they have caused over the last few decades, including legal troubles. Priests who demoralized generations of Catholics have emptied the pews and nearly bankrupted Christ's Church. They feed and empower the demons both inside and outside of the Church. The order of the world is collapsing around us.
And the Holy Father is worried about seminarians demonstrating faithfulness to Church teaching and piety?
Something really screwy is going on here.
It reminds me of something that I can't quite put my finger on.
I think I'm going to dig out my copy of Windswept House.
Meanwhile, Lifesite articulates the longstanding reason faithful Catholics are rejected in seminaries:
For many years in many seminaries, reported Rose, only those sympathetic to the cause of the sexual revolution made it past these gatekeepers. Those men who applied to seminaries who upheld the teachings of the Catholic religion - especially believing homosexual acts are gravely sinful and the homosexual inclination is intrinsically disordered - were systematically excluded.
Who wants faithful Catholics around in seminaries where the powers that be want Church teaching not to be upheld?
A man wanting to enter a seminary to be a practicing physician who does the things to absolve sin instead of teaching the virtues of it, naturally will object when the seminary attempts to teach contradictions to teaching or welcomes a brothel atmosphere.
It's risky to have us around.
We may secretly smuggle out evidence and their corruption will end up on the internet or in the news.
Wait...you don't suppose keeping faithful Catholics out of seminaries is a long-term strategic tool to return the priesthood to Mapplethorpe, do you?
We made great progress unraveling the mandate of accepting or practicing sodomy to get into a Catholic seminary. But I would say this little nudge-nudge-wink-wink speech from the Holy Father indicates we are going to suffer a setback.
It is very important that your sons only apply to diocese where faithful bishops have resided and are presently residing. Even this is not a guarantee as the Pope could remove and replace a bishop at will. They might be better off in orders for now. This is definitely not my area of expertise but with this revelation, great caution is advised to any family whose children are considering ordination.
Pope Francis team is rushing off to a retreat to heal 'defects'.
I'd love to be a fly on the wall to hear what they perceive 'defects' to be.
Perhaps this is another hint:
Francis also said the heart is where daily choices are made between "good and evil" and between "indifference and sharing."
The animus is actually much more complicated.
A 'heart' pumps blood and oxygen. There is no such thing as a 'heart' in the spiritual world. As such, a 'heart' does not have the tools to make informed choices. That is why Christ provided His Church with a Catechism.
The Pope is talking about the communications between the soul and intellect that stirs emotions.
But that system relies upon years of catechesis and instruction from parents, priests, bishops and our popes. Our people have been deprived of catechesis since the nutjobs hijacked Vatican II. In that malfeasance and misfeasance of priests, the devil communicates.
The effects of mortal sin affect that system. This is the cause of all of our 'defects' in the system.
The dynamics of 'changes' Pope Francis and his team have been promoting involve depriving the faithful of catechesis that lead to remorse for sin and absolution, and replace it with 'pastoral practices' that inform the intellect of heir people that evil and sin is good.
The damage is catastrophic to communication between the intellect and soul that authors our emotions.
This is why he has positioned himself into the camp of the enemy to Catholics who have no intention of telling our loved ones, "
this is an updated version of Christ's Church" - Go ahead and follow the instructions.
The insults, slander, threats and bullying coming from the authority which has seated itself in the Holy City of God, is nothing new. This dynamic has been in play for decades as the 'defects' consumed the souls underneath the Chair of Peter.
When I think about the power play in Rome, I am really baffled by their ignorance of where faithful Catholics are after 40 years of it. I'm shocked that they did not realize that we spent the last 20 years recapturing our seminaries, priests, parishes and there is no going back for us, come what may.
It seems they believe a slow drip from the Chair of Peter, while insulting, threatening, exiling faithful Catholics hoped to persuade Catholics to go along to get along, just like we did when they ordained and protected pedophiles. They seem ignorant of the changes that have taken place in laity over the last fifteen years, how the internet connected, fed and empowered us.
Take a look a the number of blogs that are expressing disgust over Fr. Rosica's threats to sue a Catholic father who has formed an opinion about his statements and erroneous and offensive theology.
Maybe they thought they could fire their weapons at will because Mark Shea and Lizzy had control of Catholics in blogosphere?
They would do well to read this post on Rorate to divest them of their delusions.
They are still living in the world of the glory days. It's astounding.
I really believe they think when they pull the trigger, their authority will survive the resistance.
Judging from the sentiments about Pope Francis that have overcome practicing Catholics, they are underestimating the effects of the split in the road that lies ahead of us in October.
Even the people collaborating with John Allen are starting to see the picture coming into focus.
I was at a dinner in Rome last week in which a senior churchman, someone who would conventionally be seen as fairly conservative but who’s struggling to give Francis the benefit of the doubt, wondered aloud whether by this time next year we’ll be in a situation in which “orthodox” or “faithful” Catholics have permanently given up on Francis and gone into overt opposition.
I don't think we are talking about 'next year'. Fr. Rosica has accelerated the clock.