Meet the Blogger Priest Who ...
“... is much more convinced about the Christian character of Donald Trump than of Pope Francis. That’s remarkable.” - Saith Faggioli.
The article itself begins with this anecdote:
Last January, a Catholic asked a priest for spiritual guidance. Upset by the progressive direction Pope Francis has taken the church since his election in 2013, the person wondered whether it was a sin to pray for the pontiff to abdicate, or even, to die.
“No,” the priest, Father John Zuhlsdorf, replied. “It is not necessarily sinful to pray for the end of a pontificate, one way or another ... Popes come and go. In our prayers, we can, without sinning, discuss with God about His time table.” - Blogger Priest Firing Red Pills at the VaticanJust the title of the article is scandalous.
So is some of the stuff Fr. Z writes. That bit of advice praying for the demise of the Pope is not only scandalous but sure comes off as terrible advice proffered as spiritual direction. That is not how we are to pray. Not at all. That is not the way of perfection - to which we are all called. That is not humility. It is a horrible instruction on prayer and the imitation of Christ. A Catholic Christian prays as Christ taught us ...
Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done -
As it is in Heaven ...
We do not tell God or ask Him to do our will.
“Frankly,” Fr. Z told BuzzFeed News, “It’s not a sin."
It may not be a sin, but it seems to me it would certainly a fault and an imperfection, and certainly not at all pleasing to God. Likewise, it's pretty bad spiritual direction.
I wonder what will happen now?