"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Reading Pope Francis through Pope Benedict.

I think it is best just to read Pope Francis through the Holy Spirit.

I think a Catholic can safely read, listen, to the Pope as the Pope.

Disclaimer:  No snark intended.


  1. Then I'll provide the snark:

    Oh whatever happened to those golden halcyon days when Fr. Zed was all like, "Folks, folks, we must READ BENEDICT THROUGH JOHN PAUL!"

    Yah, I know.

  2. Well said, Terry. @Paul Stilwell: LOL

  3. I tend to agree with you Terry. Father Z is trying to calm down all his traditionalist readers, who constitute a large number of his readers. They are being told by others that they are now at war with Pope Francis and the rest of the Church and it's time to go to the catacombs. Father Z is trying to counter that.

    I actually appreciate what Father Z is trying to do, but I don't think it's going to work. Pope Francis is the Vicar of Christ, not the Vicar of Pope Benedict XVI. I think Father Z's tactic is going to backfire on him.

    Quoting Luke 2:35, I think that through Pope Francis, "the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed."

  4. I LOVE this picture, haha.

  5. Totally agree. Might even do a post on it. I think it's totally disingenuous to think we need to interpret what this man is saying. He may indeed disagree with Pope Benedict(or JPII for that matter) on prudential matters and has every right to, and I don't like the idea that his message needs to be marketed a certain way. Francis could abrogate the TLM, there is no lens of interpretation, that's the law of the land.

  6. I can't help remembering when some of those same people who criticize Pope Francis were criticizing Pope Benedict and everything he did.

  7. Elena - hopefully that is a sign they will eventually come to love this Pope just as much. We have been blessed with holy Popes, one right after the other!


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