So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Every pope has his purpose.

Pope Saint John Paul II: through him God brought down communism and turned the Church away from pernicious heresies and moved her closer to her Apostolic foundation by publishing an extraordinary number of profoundly beautiful documents. He modelled a greater love for the Holy Mother of God. His suffering at the hands of a would-be assassin showed the world his saintly character, a character also clearly manifest by his unconditional forgiveness of his would-be assassin. Thus, Pope Saint John Paul II showed us how to live authentic mercy.

Pope Benedict XVI: through him God brought the Church to the awareness that relativism has undermined man's ability to discern fact from fiction and thus it constitutes one of the greatest threats—if not the greatest threat—to mankind in the modern era. Through Benedict, God also taught us that beautiful liturgy is essential to the mission of the Church, i.e., the salvation of souls.

What purpose does Pope Francis have? He has answered that himself. He wants (us) to make a mess.
"Make a mess, but then also help to tidy it up. A mess which gives us a free heart, a mess which gives us solidarity, a mess which gives us hope."—Reuters July 13, 2015
The mess he intended is, perhaps, not the kind of mess that is developing, spreading like a cancer.

Is it too soon to give up on Francis' agenda? Is it wrong to ask for a pope who... ?
  1. does not insult nor mock the faithful by calling them names?
  2. does not mess with the Mass and other liturgical practices, like changing the practice of the Washing of the Feet (on Maundy Thursday), thus obscuring the nature of the ordained priesthood by including women and non-Christians?
  3. upholds in no uncertain terms the teaching of Jesus Christ concerning marriage, i.e., teaching that rejects adulterous second unions?
  4. does not confuse the faithful (and seemingly bless the dissenter) by issuing awkward exhortations and giving off-the-cuff interviews which contain messages that border on the inane?
  5. does not behave in an ill manner toward those who, in the service of the Church in various dicasteries of the Vatican, uphold orthodoxy?
  6. is passionate about the salvation of souls and who promotes evangelization to convert sinners to Jesus Christ?
  7. rather than permitting bishops to excuse sin, unites the brethren in an appreciation of the grace that Jesus offers to help us make a change of heart and grow in holiness?
  8. loves Tradition and loves those who believe and strive to live all that the Catholic Church teaches?
Pray for Pope Francis. Keep praying that his pontificate may conclude with a greater appreciation of Sacred Tradition and the beauty of grace that God gives to those who strive to live heroic lives of virtue.

Pray that the next pope undoes the confusion which has entered, yet again, into the sacred precincts of the Church.

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