Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – This is why what Pope Francis said yesterday or in a series of interviews is so disturbing. I think there are some good things he said as well, but some of what he said is disturbing. That’s not just the traditional Catholic in me; that’s the world traditionalist in me. If the Catholic Church is not going to do it, then who in the hell is? Who’s left? Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: This is why what Pope Francis said yesterday or in a series of interviews is so disturbing. I think there are some good things he said as well, but some of what he said is disturbing. That’s not just the traditional Catholic in me; that’s the world traditionalist in me. If the Catholic Church is not going to do it, then who in the hell is? Who’s left? What I’m talking about is this interview here. Rod Dreher, God bless you, Rod. I searched for about 15 minutes this morning for a good post on this. I found many, but Rod’s take on this was the best I’d seen in reviewing what the pope had said. There are some good things here, just as there are some things that are very troubling. As Dreher points out, and I pointed this out to you, the American and world press, they’re not going to pick up on any of the beautiful things that Francis said, and he did say some really beautiful things. They’re only going to go with: Catholics need to stop being obsessive about family values and abortion and sexual preferences. That really is pretty much what he said. Here’s what Dreher writes about this. The pope says:
“‘No, not me! No, this money is mine.’ Here, this is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze. And this is what I said when they asked me if I would accept my election as pontiff.” Then the pope whispers in Latin: “I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I accept in a spirit of penance.” [Mike: Beautiful stuff, and now Dreher.]
There we see the humility that has made Francis so beloved so quickly. The America interview is full of passages like these. I strongly encourage all readers to read the entire thing to grasp the Pope’s sex-and-abortion comments in full context. But those comments are undeniably very, very troubling to theological conservatives, or should be. Here’s that passage in full:
“I see clearly,” the pope continues, “that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds…. And you have to start from the ground up.
“The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. [Mike: You mean like the Extraordinary Latin Mass, Pope Francis? Good grief!] The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all. The confessor, for example, is always in danger of being either too much of a rigorist or too lax.
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