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Fr. Longenecker’s Advice to the Pope


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.

Cardinal Burke has rightly suggested that we need a clear  and definitive statement from the Pope defending the doctrine of marriage and family.  The media hype has gone on long enough.  Priests in the pastoral trenches tell us that couples are walking away from annulment cases, arguing that there is no need since the rules are going to change about divorced and remarried Catholics taking the sacraments.  Pressure is intensifying for pastors to bless same-sex unions and to witness their so-called marriages.  I cannot say what disciplines might be reformed, but I cannot foresee anything that would compromise the moral teachings of the faith.

The question was raised by a parishioner in the pews, “What are the faithful to do?”

We remain steadfast, that is what we do… and we continue to pray and support the Holy Father who is Christ’s Vicar on earth.


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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Pope faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

Pope Francis lends friendly support to Anglican Church in North America

Dissing Pope Francis—Does Cardinal Burke think he’s Pope Burke?

Pope Francis rents out Sistine Chapel for exclusive, $7,200-per-head Porsche party

Pope Francis Demotes Anti-gay Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke

Pope Francis’ Catholic Church Teases Us With Promises Of Liberality

Why Pope Francis Is Different From His Predecessors

3 Responses

  1. Thank you From Joe. I am with you and Fr Longenecker. We need clarity. Confusion is not of God. It scatters the flock and does not give an accurate picture of the Faith to the world. I pray for Pope Francis, that he will shine the light of Christ and disregard the so called accolades of the world. God bless you!

  2. Dear Blogger Priest,
    I have had a chance to reread Hosea and Micah recently. I am convinced that there is nothing we can do to separate ourselves from God’s love and that by walking with God we demonstrate our love.

    The Synod could show the world that Catholics understand, much like Hosea’s love and mercy to Gomer, that past actions of a person has no bearing on the love and mercy of God’s Church.

    The fact that we can openly discuss the topics is a good sign. When the parishioner asks the question “What are the faithful to do?” the response; be like Hosea.

    I will keep you in my prayers, and pray that the spirit of Hosea and Micah inspire your ministry.

    God bless,

  3. As far as I can see, there is no change to doctrine at all. The move seems to be that people should not be driven away before they can be convinced the doctrine is correct. The convincing should be done by loving persuasion rather than hectoring demand, which may drive a rescuable lost sheep away completely.

    How could anyone find this objectionable? Do you really want hectoring rants rather than loving correction? What possible good would that do?

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