Pope Francis visited the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major on Monday,
after his arrival at Rome’s Ciampino Airport.
The Pope had just concluded a 10-day Apostolic Voyage
to Cuba and the United States. - Source
The return home interview here.
Craziness ensues ...
I've purposely ignored all the conspiracy stories while the pope was here. I've tried to read normal reports and avoided the radicals online.
You heard about Cardinal Daneels, right? A friend sent me an inquiry regarding the story - I had seen the headlines of course, but never read the story. Until my friend asked about it. As soon as I saw Ann Barnhardt did a post on it - I didn't need to read any more. Though I noted today the authors of the book on Danneels retracted comments on the mafia plot to oust Benedict and elect Francis.
Seriously people, we have got to get a life. These conversations are insane. Obviously some of the people writing these stories have serious mental illness, or are simply agitators and contentious fear mongers. Nut cases. You know, things haven't been this nuts since the Bayside claims that Paul VI had a double, and later, the conspiract theories that JPI was murdered. You people keep digging up and following false mystics and conspiracy theories as if they are Catholic teaching. It's not.
As Mark Shea put it:
As Francis’ spectacularly successful visit drives reactionaries into shrieks of hysterics beyond the pitch of human hearing, St. Blogs is ringing with disinterred rumors that a Sinister Liberal Conspiracy forced Benedict out and replaced him with the invalidly elected antipope Francis.
This is the latest buzz from the Conspiracy Theorists of St. Blogs and the not-at-all crazy Right Wing Noise Machine. A New Hope is kindled! Francis haters around St. Blogs from One Peter Five to Roarhate Daily are abuzz with excitement and helpfully suggesting that it’s a whole new ball game! Francis may well be an antipope (they hopefully offer without having the stones to come out and say it) and we can ignore him (which they are already trying to do anyway), the Church is saved from him, etc.
Good news. You don’t have to worry about absurd rumors like this. Indeed, you don’t have to worry about it even if Danneels really has made the claims attributed to him (which is by no means proven). He can either honestly or dishonestly take the credit for Benedict’s resignation. But the reality is that the most expert theologian on planet earth has made it clear that Benedict’s resignation was freely undertaken. (Pope Benedict himself.) - Mark Shea
Get a hobby or something.
Very seriously, I don’t want to go back to the way it was before Pope Francis came to America. We need to move forward.