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Pope Francis Corrects Three Errors Of His

Almost two months ago, Pope Francis gave an interview in the Italian Newspaper “la Repubblica”, with atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari. In short, it was a disaster. Things were said that didn’t sound Catholic, let alone Christian. It was drenched with wishy-washiness that seemed unfitting for the Vicar of Christ to say. I wrote about my reaction to it here.

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Well, Pope Francis corrected some issues with that interview and a few other issues in regards to what he has said having been misreported. Sandro Magister has the piece on his site (read that first, then come back here for my take):

Apparently, Eugenio Scalfari took some liberties when writing his piece. He didn’t write down notes, he didn’t tape it, he did it from memory and on top of that, he rewrote what Pope Francis originally said and put it in his own words:  “…And that some of the things that I attribute to you you did not say. But I put them there so that the reader may understand who you are.”

What a joke.

Even more sad is that during the entire time, many were saying that “no, this is what Pope Francis really says, we need to figure out what he means”. This, as it turns out, was all a waste. If the interview wasn’t Pope Francis’ actual words, than any energy spent trying to understand what Pope Francis meant is all but gone, because it doesn’t even matter. The lens that was used to interpret the Pope is a lens with a bad prescription, it is to be thrown out, because this lens doesn’t even exist.

Meanwhile, those who actually did question the Pope were persecuted. Their faith and loyalty to the Catholic Church were brought out in question. They were dragged out into the open to the sounds of screams and shouts of “how dare you question the Vicar of Christ!?” And yet, they were correct in their assessment that it was wrong.

On top of that, a frequent argument used was “You can’t criticize the Pope!”. However, Pope Francis disagrees:

Pope Francis not only listened to the criticisms of his friend, he welcomed them. To the point of thanking him, in the letter he had read on November 12, for having helped him in “correcting an error or imprecision on my part.”

It seems that there is much dishonesty going on in the Vatican, a corruption, if you will. I’m happy that Pope Francis is at least taking ownership over this, and correcting it. It shows a great deal of humility to publicly come forth and admit that one is wrong.

To me, it seems that Pope Francis may be realizing that as a Pope, there are many more eyes on him. The Main Stream Media, will take any inch that he gives them, and stretch it for a mile. They are relentless, because they are in the pocket of the Devil. However, these are just three errors that he has corrected.

I think that this shows a turning point. He can’t correct every single error overnight (though, I know some would disagree), but I think that based on this, we are once again heading in the right direction. I give huge kudos to Pope Francis.

I have also been very careful as to not read anybody else’s take on this article, so that you will get my own opinion. Again, I could be wrong, and there are many others more knowledgeable and smarter than I.

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Let’s see what the next few weeks have in store (especially Evangelii Gaudium).

Jeff November 26, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

A Thought on Pope Francis’ Style

If you read my post on Pope Francis’ recent article, you’d know I was very confused, a little, upset and even more-so irritated at some of the things that were said.

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I’ve spent much time reflecting on it. To be perfectly blunt, I think about these kinds of things all the time. I can’t help but ponder. It keeps my brain sharp (though, I’m sure some would disagree). So, I thought I’d share something that I am wondering.

Now, I know that most traditionalists will outright disagree with this (more or less-so), and I can sympathize with them, after all, the name of this blog does begin with Traditional. I know disagreements will be shed, but, out of charity for the Pope, and just to add more fodder to the conversation, I will share what I am pondering.

Pope Francis is going out of his way, to be ambiguous with what he says. He does this because he knows that the media will eat this up, and report it. And normally, the media has to go out of its way to find something that a Pope says, distort it, and then report it as if the Pope has changed Catholic teaching. Pope Francis though, in his off-the-cuff interviews, will say things that sound, well, non-Catholic. The media rejoices. “This is a Pope of the People!” they shout and proclaim.

What if Pope Francis is doing this on purpose? He knows that the media will love him, after all, the media has portrayed him favorably since day one. However, he hasn’t changed Church teaching on anything, but now, us Catholics who are educated, now have to go and tell what the Pope is really saying.

Or, to rephrase it: Pope Francis is using ambiguous language that secular society enjoys, so that they talk about it and it is forcing Catholics to actually engage in the discussion, discussion that we wouldn’t be having if he just stuck to the normal “Catholic lingo”?

I know that there will be many that disagree with me. In fact, I have to question it myself. Yes, I am questioning this. It is a charitable response to have. I raise this question because I have not had to defend my Catholic faith as much since becoming Catholic 7 years ago, as I have in the last 7 months. I’ve been recruited on the battle field. I’ve been drafted.

If this thought, that seems to have come out of the blue, heck, maybe given to me by the Holy Spirit (God does work in mysterious ways), then perhaps, as time goes on through Pope Francis’ papacy, we will see him say more things and enlighten secular society into the Truth of Catholicism. Until then, I am still on the fence.

DISCLAIMER: I am not saying that I am no longer a Catholic, as the Catholic Church is the Church that Jesus Christ founded. I am just stating my disagreements. I pray for Pope Francis daily, as all Catholics are called to do. I still practice my faith. I STILL PLEDGE LOYALTY AND OBEDIENCE TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE POPE. I just disagree with some of his statements.

Jeff October 15, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Breakup of the Political Parties

I’m beginning to question the two party political system that we have in the United States.

Republicans and Democrats are the only
two choices for voters.

Too often we have two candidates, one from the Republican’s and one from the Democrat’s running, and  to be generous, they are both….lacking. Yet, because of the dominance of the two parties, picking a third option is considered a “wasted vote”, and the fear of the other party winning prevents most voters from going this route.

Frankly, I’d like to see a break up of the Republicans and the Democrats. I’d like to see multiple parties running side-by-side (yes, I know what you are saying, “but there are Independents and Greens and Libertarians and etc, etc”) that are all viable choices.

Right now, the two parties are too polar, and by this I mean they are complete opposites of each other. There hardly is bi-partisan work being done. Its pretty much if you are Republican and a Democrat bill comes up, vote it down, and vice versa. I understand to some extent that because of the differing opinion between the two parties, but there are many bills that get turned down due to this.

Maybe this is a bad idea, maybe I’m on to something, or maybe the system is working great the way it is. I’m not sure. It just seems like far too often I’m tired of seeing the hypocrisies that come out of both camps.

I leave the comments open for you to discuss…

Jeff August 30, 2012 1 Comment Permalink

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