The scandals surrounding Pope Francis just keep on coming. Here’s two out of the many reported across the internet in recent days.
“Among those who persecuted and denounced Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazy people trying to ruin the race, there were also Catholics,” [Pope Francis] said. “I am the pastor of Catholics, and I ask your forgiveness for those Catholic brothers and sisters who didn’t know and were tempted by the devil.” Read more
So, the desire to prevent the spread of Evangelical Protestantism is a “temptation from the devil”?
Note: the banner headline in this week’s Catholic Herald reads: ‘I ask your forgiveness’: Francis seeks to end rift with Evangelicals”. Think of the young people who may walk past the paper stall in their local parish and read that shocker. The Pope, no less, apologising for Catholics refusing to help Protestants spread their false religion. It’s like a High Court Judge apologising for a rift with robbers. Then, if those young people read the editorial inside, they will be further confused because the Editor writes of “Bishop Tony Palmer” without any hint that he is no such thing, he is (or was before his sudden death recently) a Protestant pastor, beloved friend of Pope Francis but then name a heretic or schismatic who isn’t.
Anyway, battling for first place with the above scandal in the Golden Nugget category, is the following report – which I have yet to be convinced is NOT a spoof:
Pope Francis is reportedly preparing a major world statement about extraterrestrial life and its theological implications. Rosana Ubanell from Voxxi News today reported that due to advances in scientific detection methods for the discovery of extraterrestrial life, Pope Francis wants to be ready with a statement about “First Contact”. Ubanell reports that details have yet to be officially announced but that the Vatican’s interest in extraterrestrial life is well documented through recent astrobiology conferences the Vatican Observatory has sponsored or participated in. Father Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit astronomer and one of the leading Catholic proponents for preparing for the scientific discovery of extraterrestrial life, on July 18, won the Carl Sagan science medal from the American Astronomical Society. Pope Francis, a fellow Jesuit, regularly consults with Consolmagno and other leading Vatican astronomers about scientific issues. It is likely that Pope Francis is preparing an “Urbi et Orbi” speech – Latin for “to the city [of Rome] and the world” – about First Contact with extraterrestrial life. Read more
It really does make you wonder what planet the pontiff inhabits, so to speak…
Why are the bishops not speaking out? Even those regarded as orthodox and traditional leaning appear to be enveloped in a bubble of silence. Why? Don’t they realise that one day, perhaps soon, they will be called to account for their complicit silence?