An article in CRISIS Magazine that everyone should read, especially Pope Francis:
Advice for the Pope in Light of the Synod by Rev. Dwight Longenecker
Father Longenecker writes:
“I know you mean well Holy Father, and I admire and like you, but this process on which you have led us is not helping.”
I really hate to admit it, but no rationalization can escape the truth from my respected brother priest. He is right. There have been too many rash assertions, vague sentiments and undefined gestures. A lack of specificity leads to confusion and falsehood. We need a courageous witness to the truth without compromise. When the enemies of the Catholic Church and her values say they love this Pope… something has gone seriously awry. I suspect they love the popular façade but not the substance of what this Pope and every Pope must be about as the chief guardian of the deposit of faith.
The question was raised by a parishioner in the pews, “What are the faithful to do?”
A gay magazine names the Holy Father man of the year?
The secular media love him too?
Even Time Magazine sings his praises?
My response was that it is going to come to a head. The Synod on the Family may be the start. The Holy Spirit will never fail the Church.
Whoopi Goldberg said during a segment of THE VIEW this month: “We are rooting for Pope Francis to make some changes in the Catholic Church. We love Franny! But he’s still got a couple of things to work on.”
President Obama stated: “He’s somebody who’s first and foremost thinking about how to embrace people as opposed to push them away…How to find what’s good in them as opposed to condemn them, and that spirit…that sense of love and unity seems to manifest itself in not just what he says but also what he does.”
Time Magazine: “Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly … He has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power.”
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