A Letter to the Bishops

Comments on the mark for this:
* Thanks for the perceptive reading, Amy. I scanned the letter earlier and just couldn’t cut through the fluff.
* Unfortunately, the personal “philosophy” which the Pope expresses (don’t impose abstractions, “time is greater than space”, etc.) is itself an abstraction and even a mystification.
* I couldn’t finish reading the letter. I know this isn’t the first Pope in my life time to speak elliptically or be difficult to follow, but I’m just so tired of the delicacy of the writing, the “We shepherds must always be careful” language. No, that’s not what this sheep wants. This sheep wants the courageous, driven, single minded shepherd who loves us enough to sacrifice for us. It is not careful. It is not gently finding unity where there is division. I see all the time what they call “prudence” is only prudent for shepherds, not for the sheep. Whenever I hear words like this, I think “The vast majority of bishops and cardinals are still not even sorry.”
* The line in the Holy Father’s letter that sent chills down my spine was this:
“Clearly, a living fabric has come undone, and we, like weavers, are called to repair it.”
The first thing that came to mind was the motto of the Bohemian Club – “Weaving spiders come not here” from A Midsummers’ Night Dream. The thought of the bishops as “weavers” seems… odd.
even moreso if the fabric is living. Does that call for surgeons, not weavers? Weavers don’t generally repair – they patch. New cloth over the old. How else does weaving repair a cloth that has come undone?
It’s a very odd analogy.
* I think one of the Jesuits surrounding PF wrote this in an attempt to preserve the status quo. I hope our bishops will see the reality under the fluff and act appropriately.

Charlotte was Both

Pope Francis wrote a letter to the American bishops, on retreat at Mundelein Seminary this week.

Here’s the text.

It is, honestly, the usual strange/not-strange message from Pope Francis. Strange in that he goes all over the place except to the specific place where the problem resides, and not-strange in that, well, this is what he usually does, and there’s always a reason for that.

Your experience of reading the letter might be like mine (or it might not – who knows!) – I read it and nodded and thought, Well, not bad, that’s true, sure, it’s good for these things to be said, nice point there and then I finished, thought about it for a minute, and realized that none of the specific problematic issues had actually been addressed and further, the spiritual context which Pope Francis recommends for going forward, it could be argued, actually enables the original…

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  • Margaret  On 01/13/2019 at 7:24 PM

    I can’t make head or tail of what the Pope says. He uses language to obfuscate, to confuse. Instead of addressing the bishops by telling them to get the homosexuals out of ministry and force what few heterosexuals who are not chaste to go also. Then find some good men and invite them into the seminaries. He will want a report of the actions taken in one year. Those who have not identified and removed the sodomites will themselves be replaced.

    Of course, he would have to lead by example and he cannot do that, so the weird talk continues.

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