Over the last few years, Our Holy Father Pope Francis has said some pretty awful things about priests. He doesn’t limit himself to priests. Remember how he pummeled the Cardinals and Bishops of the Roman Curia as a Christmas gift a couple years ago? HERE Everyone is a target: women religious, theologians, canonists, you name ’em.
The other day, during his daily Mass fervorino he recounted an anecdote – actually, a bit of gossip – in a rather – well, there isn’t any other way to take it – insulting manner about a seminarian getting some clerical gear. He heaped ridicule on this seminarian and on pretty much anyone who respects and uses outward traditional garb or, I suppose, anything else that is traditional. I am reminded of his mocking of an altar boy who was standing with his hands folded together carefully… as altar boys ought. I am reminded of his scoffing at a spiritual bouquet which people presented to him.
I honestly don’t know what His Holiness is trying to accomplish with these harsh gestures and words. It could be that – while they deal with things that are not his cup of tea – he says them before their possible impact is considered.
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