I don't want him here...not now. I don't want him making a fool of himself and the Catholic Church, catering as he has been elsewhere to the modern world - and a mostly socialist one at that. He and his trip will do nothing for the USA but provide fodder for the 24 hour news cycle.
He will be lauded and applauded; he will be fawned and fondled over. Catholic youth will rush to get a selfie portrait. He will undoubtedly get photo ops from faithful Catholics like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. At a photo op with the press, He will most likely be handed an "abortionfix", a crucifix made from abortion instruments in the shape of a cross upon which hangs the Corpus of Christ, smile benignly and mutter something that sounds vaguely like "Who am I to judge?".
On his "Smell the Sheep With Jorge Tour" to the poor areas of New York and Washington, DC, with Cardinals Timothy Dolan and Donald Wuerl in tow, he will stop and shake hands with the homeless and the helpless, bewailing their lack of monetary relief from the likes of the Koch Brothers, Donald Trump and the Republican members of Congress. Later on, during his walk down Michigan Avenue, he will invite some homeless men and women to serve Mass and be EMHC's at the Papal Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
I grow weary of the man... Not of the Office of the man, mind, but of THE MAN. I would take a bullet for him any day, come to his aid if he were accosted on the street, even change the tire on his Papal VW Bug-mobile. But I cringe every time I see his smiling face blaring (yes, blaring...not glaring) at me in the news. He is quick to:
- meet world leaders who like nothing of what he represents of Catholicism, and bewails the gutting of Mother Earth by greedy corporations (and nothing on the gutting of the priesthood of the past 50 years)
- bemoan the plight of the poor put there by mean and selfish rich people, but then goes on multiple World Tours staining Mother Earth with his carbon footprint (but would never stain his Papacy by saying a Tridentine Papal Mass)
- surround himself with clerics of questionable moral character who openly wish to change Catholic Doctrine, and then vilify mainstream Catholics who hold fast to the traditions of the Church, like praying Rosaries for his intentions (but would never vilify those who cater to his vision of Catholicism)
Yes, I grow weary of Pope Francis, THE MAN.
I rather wish he would just pick up the phone, dial up His Excellency Bernard Fellay and invite him to come dine with him. They will, over dinner, come to an agreement on the reconciliation with the SSPX and announce same at an after dinner impromptu press conference.
Or perhaps even do what I wrote of last February...
Maybe he can write an Encyclical on The Restoration of the Tridentine Mass or a Papal Bull on The Necessity For All Clerics To Wear the Cassock, or even a Papal Bull on The Wonders and Glories of Devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.
Oratio pro summo Pontifice
V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro N.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. [Ps 40:3]
Pater Noster, Ave Maria.
Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum N., quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.
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