Friday, March 15, 2013

Pope Francis Scuttlebutt

First, a facepalm. A children's archdiocesan mass in Buenos Aires. Complete with puppets. I don't speak Spanish. His catechesis of the children sounded really good, but in my opinion, a two-way question-and-answer session should be held during Sunday school, not as a prelude to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Notwithstanding that, I love all the other stuff I'm hearing about him. (Liturgy is not a BIG priority for me, but I think we should be rid of puppets and two-way question-and-answer sessions).

LGBT's condemn pope as "hateful".
I'd be disappointed if they hadn't. And...could Pope Francis be prosecuted in Canada for the things he said about gay marriage? Well, he has diplomatic immunity as head of Vatican City, but I'm sure somebody would try if he said it here.

Jesuit Doorman surprised by papal phone call. He thought it was a prank. Can you blame him?

Unconfirmed Italian press reports say that Pope Francis is "retiring" Cardinal Law to a monastery (i.e. he's firing him.) The link is to a Google translation of an Italian press report. Read with caution, but keep your eye out. I never "got" why Cardinal Law ended up there. ( REPORT DENIED SEE UPDATE)

Vatican dismisses claims against Pope Francis during dictatorship. This sounds like "Ratzinger was a Nazi" type of accusation. It doesn't have a ring of truth whatsoever. But I hope this reinforces the lesson: we are ultimately neither right-wing nor left-wing, but Catholics, and we must always do the right thing, and let the chips fall where they may. The Church is NOT a political organization.

UPDATE: Report that pope to exile Law 'totally false,' Vatican says