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Posted on 07/31/2013 6:17:46 AM PDT by NYer
.- Nathan de Brito brought Pope Francis to tears during one of his motorcades through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Friday, when he broke past barriers to deliver an important message to the Pontiff.
“Your Holiness, I want to be a priest of Christ, a representative of Christ,” de Brito whispered in the ear of Pope Francis July 26, after jumping hurdles and making his way to the Popemobile in his Brazilian national soccer team jersey.
“I am going to pray for you, but I ask you to pray for me,” Pope Francis responded, moved to tears and embracing him.
“As of today, your vocation is set.”
Onlookers noticed that de Brito did not want to leave the Holy Father. It was only after several attempts that the Pope's security entourage was able to take him off the Popemobile.
Once on the street, Nathan walked along side the Popemobile, waving to the Pontiff and blowing him kisses. One of the security guards stopped to console the boy before bringing him back to his waiting family.
+Francis, of course, is not Jesus. He is Jesus' representative, in a particularly visible way.
As for the child:
Your Holiness, I want to be a priest of Christ, a representative of Christ,
While we are all called, in one way or another, to be a "representative of Christ", some are called to be such in particularly visible ways. Has this child a vocation to the ordained priesthood? Time will tell; may he have the grace to listen carefully to God's call. May God call many holy young men to the priesthood; may He give them the grace to answer that call.
This idiot of a Pope finds nothing wrong about homosexuality?
That’s not what he said.
Must have missed that in the above article. Have a source for your question.
Let me explain it to you just in case you really don't know: the Pope restated Catholic doctrine correctly. Homosexual persons are to be treated with respect and dignity. When they are seeking Christ and holiness, they are to be helped and encouraged, not judged. But they must "go and sin no more," because homosexual conduct as opposed to being a person with a homosexual tendency remains a sin. And their tendency to sin (concupiscence, which we all have for one sin or another) remains (like any other sin) objectively disordered.
That’s why I was asking.Got it now.
In Nomine Domini. Amen.
You are correct and the clarification is helpful but the fact remains...the progressives and homosex endorsers have their flawed but self-serving take on the subject and are running with it — claiming it as absolution and even endorsement — undeservedly giving Francis MFP (Most Favored Pope) status among these unrepentant sinners. Satan can use this situation to do great damage to the Church as was done with the pederasty scandals. Already stories abound about active homosexuals being allowed back into the priesthood. It is essential that the pope in the future carefully temper remarks when speaking to general audiences or refuse q&A sessions altogether. We don’t need the problems.
God Bless and be with that little boy.
I think more or less the Pope answered this question while flying back from Brazil and having done this very big trip, he was tired and he should have rested and then and only then take on once rested this loaded question.
Unfortunately, the media hates the Church and will do anything (absolutely anything) to place Her in a bad light and, if possible, destroy Her.
They will twist and misstate whatever the Pope says. If necessary, they will make stuff up. Pope Francis cannot speak carefully enough to avoid this, no matter what he says and no matter how rested he is.
This makes me think about Therese asking Pope Leo XIII to speak to her Bishop so she could enter the Carmel at 15, which she did anyway.
Don't forget the Didache
Thou shalt not commit murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not commit paederasty, thou shalt not commit fornication, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not practise magic, thou shalt not practise witchcraft, thou shalt not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is begotten. Thou shalt not covet the things of thy neighbour,
That is very specific.
I agree with you 100%. The truth is the truth, and trying to present it in a way that will please those who hate the truth is wasted effort. Just say the truth, and anyone who genuinely seeks after truth will be drawn to it.
We have full transcriptions of everything available with a click these days. Nobody has to give a blip’s worth of attention to what the Enemedia says.
I shouldn't have used the word "temper" a ways back; don't know why I did that. What I really intended to say is that the pope should have spoken perfectly clearly or not at all on the subject. And definitely should not try to appease anyone who might hear the remarks (not saying he did that).
O my most loving Father!
in the bitterness of the dolorous Passion of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, I now pour forth my complaint,
indignantly accusing myself that I have served Thee so unfaithfully during this day
and have offended Thee, my most amiable and loving Father, by so many and so great negligences.
I grieve for them from my inmost heart,
and strike my breast in the spirit of compunction,
and say unto Thee, O God! be merciful to me a sinner.
And for all the negligences whereby I have extinguished Thy good and gentle Spirit within me,
I offer Thee the sufferings and the tears of Thy beloved Son.
I beseech Thee, in union with His most availing prayers,
to grant me pardon of my sins, and to supply all my defects.
Deign to hear this, my prayer, through that love which held back Thine arm from taking vengeance,
when Thine only and most beloved Son, the object of Thine eternal and unspeakable complacency, was numbered with transgressors.
- St. Gertrude the Great
I understand your point, but I just don’t believe one can be sufficiently clear so that those whose minds are clouded by sin can’t pretend to misunderstand.
These are people, after all, who proclaimed that the Church had abandoned its condemnation of contraception when Pope Benedict said that using condoms during homosexual prostitution activity didn’t make homosexual prostitution more sinful ... that in fact, a concern to avoid spreading disease was a positive sign of human decency, under the circumstances.
I think one either has to avoid the topic at all, thereby entirely conceding the issue, or simply accept that evil people will proclaim that you’ve said something very different from what you said.
And yes, they can twist “perfectly clearly” as well but at least the transcripts won’t be ambiguous.
Leaving to take the kids to VBS — Southern Baptist but all the churches seem to use the same commercial materials anyway.
I don’t think the pope should ever appear to “concede the issue” but he can simply make reference to an existing Catholic document which clearly explains the position of the Church.
Hope it’s fun! Our parish did the “Kingdom Rock” program this year. Elen was in the music group, Sally was youth staff, and Vlad was an actual participant.
Agreed, but it is better if the pope does not give them a "head start" by engaging in off-the-cuff Q&A sessions where imprecise and incomplete use of language is more common than not.
That is absolutely awesome. I’ve never seen that prayer before. Thank you!!