AN EMAIL FROM THE VATICAN - POPE FRANCIS
This morning before my 12 Noon Mass I had the message below from a senior English priest which a network of connections in Rome and The Vatican:
New Year Greetings. You have been much in my mind recently and I hope you keep well and that things are settling after your recent sufferings. I hope that 2014 brings you renewed strength and joy.
All is well here and we are busy looking after the rich and famous, the poor and not so famous and everyone in between. It is our busiest time of the year.
Thank you for reproducing the piece on Mary Mac Alese"s challenge to Keith Patrick to redeem himself and share his story as a gay man who tried to live in dysfunctional holy mother church.
Unlike Mary I have no hope that the church is capable of redeeming itself, and am growing deeply disillusioned by the current pope, not that i was ever really illusion-ed by the superstar performance if i'm honest. Too much self will and Jesuit pride.
This past week Francis has:
got his jesuit spokesman (Lombabrdi) to publicly trash the story of the swiss guard who revealed that he had been propositioned on numerous occasions by cardinals, archbishops, bishops, monsignors, including a close clerical collaborator of JPII.
refused to extradite the polish papal nuncio and his gay priest secretary from the Vatican to Poland for criminal trial for numerous charges of child molestation.
given an audience to the Papal Gentlemen and Throne Bearers telling them how vital they are to his ministry - "they" are notoriously full of old italian queens who touch up anything in trousers, providing he is good looking.
just said a major public mass ad orientem, with his back to the people, as he doesn't wish to upset his queenly precious MC Marini.
That's just in one week. No change here then. Just spin, smoke and mirrors, a more dangerous pontificate even that JPII's as this man can do what he likes, and will. It is all centered on him.
Maybe you could post a blog on this? I have all this from a dear friend in the Vatican where Francis is far from loved, in fact he is feared.
BISHOP PAT RESPONDS:
Thank you for your email. I am putting it on the Blog as you requested.
I had been reserving judgement on Francis - hoping against hope :-(
It is beginning to look like there is no hope.
On the Jesuit thing - a deceased Jesuit friend of mine used to quote the following verse to me:
"The join the Jesuits without knowing each other;
They live together without loving each other.
They die together without mourning each other"
It looks as if we must all now understand that the CHURCH OF ROME is beyond redemption.