Damian Thompson highlighted the fascinating friendship between the Argentinian Pope Francis and English Episcopal ‘Bishop’ Tony Palmer.
I watched the video on the eminent Dr Thompson’s blog of Pope Francis making his ‘heart-melting’ ecumenical overtures to charismatic evangelicals and thought not a great deal of it.
I was disconcerted by His Holiness talking of Tony Palmer as a ‘Brother Bishop’ since as far as I was told, Anglican orders remain null and void, but I thought to myself, ‘Well, the spirit of Vatican II blows where it will…’
Read more about the Pope’s latest video foray
The Papal Tiara
probably the first thing to go
if Pope Francis decides to hold
a Vatican “garage sale”
The signal was a letter signed by Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and delivered to every head of dicastery of the Roman Curia. The economic outlook for the Holy See in 2014– the Secretary of State wrote – requires «immediate measures to limit spending» on personnel. Which means: a hiring freeze, no overtime or work on Sundays; no replacement of staff going into retirement, except for the “generous” coverage employees already in a dicastery’s roster may be able to provide; and facilitating – in case of a pressing need – internal transfers. With the obvious exceptions.
Jesus Christ – crucified by unknown assailants
In order to save time, I will summarize: Jesus Christ was crucified in Jerusalem, around the year 33 AD, at the behest of unknown assailants, who were for some 1950 years, identified as “the Jews” – but who are not, any longer – because that would be politically incorrect and generally opposed to the “Spirit of Vatican II”.
Source document here
A very interesting and heartfelt video – but a stupid thing to do!
Pope Francis already has a long, troublesome history of associating himself with “shady” partners and substandard “media outlets”. Now he provides a 45-minute personal video to a heretical “Prosperity Gospel” group from Texas, where a pseudo-bishop, a big-money, “Name It and Claim It” television preacher, and a dubious collection of doctrines are the primary order of the day.
Humility is great – but how about exercising a bit of good old prudential judgment and theological discernment, for a change?
This is a another huge miscalculation, a public embarassment, and a failure of ordinary due dilligence that will be widely misappropriated and misconstrued, in order to discredit and malign the Catholic Church, for years to come!
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Editor’s note: A huge number of our Protestant brethren … as well as the leadership of their particular denominations … according to their own generally accepted understanding of the Bible … continue to believe (and preach) that the Pope is the Antichrist. Just wait and see how they are going to “spin” this!
…I came to see the futility of trying to repair something that, at bottom, is structurally unsound. Nowhere is the old adage, “Haste makes waste”, truer than when applied to the precipitous reform of liturgical rites and the books that contain them. In most places the liturgical landscape has become a dreary wasteland. The liturgical rites and books prepared so feverishly in the wake of the Second Vatican Council have been tried and found wanting.
There are, it is true, liturgical oases here and there, where the reformed rites are carried out intelligently, with dignity, reverence, and devotion — I am thinking of certain communities, monasteries, and parishes, the Communauté de Saint-Martin, for example — but these subjective qualities cannot make up for the objective flaws and structural weaknesses inherent in the same rites.