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ABC Falsely Reports Pope Removed “Outspoken Critic of Abortion” From Vatican Court
Life News ^ | Matthew Balan

Posted on 12/17/2013 4:18:33 PM PST by Morgana

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To: Running On Empty
Dear Running On Empty,

You seem to confuse a casual approach with a lack of honor. You infer what is not implied. It is the pope, himself, who has embraced this informality. I only try to follow his lead.

For you to say otherwise is to question my motives. To paraphrase our Supreme Pontiff, “Who are you to judge?”


sitetest

51 posted on 12/20/2013 1:00:54 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

Dear sitetest,

I assure you that I wasn’t judging your motives. And well I know that I am not permitted to judge anyone (as the Lord Jesus told us) not even myself (as St. Paul says).

I just told you that I don’t agree that it’s OK to make a “casual approach” in calling the Pope “Franky”.

We differ about that and that is not a judgment call on your character.

But....is it a judgment call on the Pope’s character?

Just asking.


52 posted on 12/20/2013 1:21:47 PM PST by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Running On Empty
Dear Running On Empty,

In that you quoted 1 Peter about giving honor, it seems to suggest that you thought I was not giving honor to Pope Frank. Far be it! I'm merely trying to emulate his breezy, informal, spontaneous style that isn't all hung up in trying to hew to actual doctrine, etc., etc.

When it comes to picking bishops, folks who are supposed to govern their dioceses and to enforce discipline therein, let's get rid of the cardinal who says mean things about bishops letting pro-aborts receive communion, and let's promote the cardinal who punishes priests who aren't inclined to give the Blessed Sacrament to lesbian Buddhists.

Let's criticize all those nasty (priests? bishops? layfolks? I'm not sure who ACTUALLY does this) folks who talk too much about contraception, abortion, and homosexuality (oh, dear, I mean, “gay” issues).

Let's criticize all those mean pro-lifers who spend all their time screeching about laws, but no time helping women in crisis pregnancies (Again, about whom is he speaking? Every serious pro-lifer I know spends much more time working to mitigate the circumstances of women in crisis pregnancies than they do playing abortion politics. It's been this way for at least the last 20 years.).

Let's give interviews that require multiple translations and re-translations and interpretations, and finally statements not to take the pope's words too literally, because, after all, he was just speaking informally.

I do that sort of thing, too. With my buddies at the bowling alley. We solve all the world's problems every Wednesday night. And then we forget everything we said by the following Wednesday. Which is pretty much what our conversations deserve. But none of us think our words should be printed in 12 Jesuit periodicals around the world simultaneously, with press embargoes & everything.

Although we're not going to judge “gay” people, let's judge priests based on what CARS they drive, and let's CHECK THE VATICAN PARKING LOT to see who is driving an evil, decadent FANCY-SCHMANCY car! Because, after all, we CAN judge someone’s soul by seeing what car they drive!

Let's say mean things about a form of capitalism that doesn't actually exist in the real world in the current era, when really, what we're describing is actually corporatism - the collusion of big business and government - which is actually the antithesis of free markets. Let's take the No. 1 economic insult from the 1980s - “trickle down” - and apply it , without understanding, in ways that are entirely inappropriate, showing a basic lack of understanding of the fundamentals of economics.

I'm sorry, Running On Empty, but for me, I see this pope as either malicious, or unserious, and/or stupid and ignorant of the real world in which I live. I believe it is most charitable to think that he is not malicious.

I think he's unserious, and I also think that he is the ultimate exemplar of the Peter Principle (pun intended). So, to show that I don't think he's evil, and I don't think he's a formal heretic, I honor him by pointing out his love of informality and spontaneity.

The Church needs popes, but the Church always manages to survive bad popes. My faith in the Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Catholic Church, are not especially tied up in whether a particular pope is a brilliant saint (Blessed John Paul II or Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), or a dull mediocrity.

The great popes don't do much to prove the divine institution of the Church. The not-so-great ones do. Only divine institution and continued divine providence explain the survival by the Church of her papal (and other hierarchical) not-so-greats.


sitetest

53 posted on 12/20/2013 2:02:33 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Running On Empty
Journalists sometimes risk becoming ill from coprophilia and thus fomenting coprophagia: which is a sin that taints all men and women, that is, the tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects.

Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Does your priest/bishop speak about such filth? Does your mother or father speak about such filth?

54 posted on 12/20/2013 5:22:02 PM PST by ebb tide
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To: Running On Empty
Who is “Franky”?

Could it be Papa Tango or Humble Jorge?

55 posted on 12/20/2013 6:17:17 PM PST by ebb tide
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To: sitetest

You should not be disrespectful regarding the Pope.

It appears liberal media got what they wanted from you, and others.


56 posted on 12/21/2013 10:05:06 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun
Dear Sun,

As I previously wrote, I'm not disrespecting anyone. I'm just trying to go with the flow as the new pope seems to wish (although discerning specifically what he thinks or feels about any particular topic isn't always easy - but I'm trying!).

Pope Frank is, apparently, a very informal fellow who doesn't want all the stuffy trappings of the papacy to get in the way of..., well,..., I'm not sure what all those stuffy trappings get in the way of, but they appear to get in the way of SOMETHING that the pope desires! So, my form of address for the new pontiff is one that attempts to make things more informal, less stiff and stuffy. I believe that he would approve.


sitetest

57 posted on 12/23/2013 7:38:32 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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