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September 23, 2013 § 11 Comments
Pope Francis update. HT Lamentably Sane.
The criteria for making Pope Francis a heretic is how The Interview will be interpreted by the masses rather than what he actually believes, meant, and said.
I’m finding the whole thing rather fascinating. I don’t have any pretensions to an interpretation. Since I’m mildly acquainted with history and tend to be rather patient in seeing how things play out, I’d express my current attitude as quizzical rather than either triumphant or devastated, which seem to be the two most common modalities.
Pope Francis is rapidly becoming the papal equivalent of Vatican II: hardly anyone pays attention to what he actually says, but all sorts of silly things are being said and done in his name.
Hah – before we had the “spirit of Vatican II”, and now in the minds of many it has become incarnate.
One message for the faithful and another for the world is not something an honest man allows. It’s tactic progressives practice on a regular basis. Just got to keep up appearances for the bitter clingers for just a little longer.
I am befuddled at Laura Wood’s mode of thinking on all of this. I’m sorry to see her conclusions thus.
She reminds me an awful lot of Lawrence Auster. I was a VFR reader literally from the very beginning, before Larry started blogging there, when it was Jim Kalb’s latest online solo project. (I commented under the name “Matt” for several years, really my only other significant online handle other than “Zippy”).
I had to stop reading VFR after a while because I really liked and admired Larry, but his cussed stubborn incapacity to give Catholicism and the Pope a fair reading on their own terms was interfering with my ability to keep liking him.
Laura Wood on Francis sounds just like Larry Auster on JPII.
I wonder if Laura Wood thinks the Chair of Peter was empty during the Borgia pornocracy, when Alexander VI was pope.
I miss Larry, but I was happy to hear that he was baptized a Catholic before the end.
Seeing all of the reactions to The Big Interview made me wonder, “What did Catholics do before the internet made it possible to follow every hiccup of the pope?”
I like Pope Francis, and find little to disagree with what he actually said.
So maybe I agree with Ms. Wood. Ha.
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