How do you solve a problem like Pope Francis?

  • (Pat Marrin)
H/T to Tony Flavin.Isaac McDaniel  |  Feb. 17, 2014



The two cardinals shuffled slowly down the long avenue outside the Catacombs of St. Sebastian. Their view of the Vatican was obscured by the rows of towering cypress trees that lined both sides of the road.”I haven’t been here in years,” said Cardinal Bergano. “But we couldn’t talk in my office. It’s bugged by every agency in Christendom.”

“Besides,” said Cardinal Farelli, “we don’t want to be seen together by anyone who might draw the wrong conclusions.”

The men looked disconsolate despite the sunny sky and balmy winter weather. A warm wind blew their broad fascia, which fluttered beside them like scarlet kite tails.

“Yes,” said Bergano, “the press is watching us closely for signs of rebellion against the Holy Father. We have to be careful.”

“Bergoglio has only been in office for nine months, and he has already undone most of the good work of the last two papacies,” Farelli sighed.

“He’s fostering a cult of personality with his spontaneous gestures and all this claptrap about the poor. And he’s far too intimate with the crowds, kissing babies and signing sweatshirts. The faithful are even discouraged from kissing his fisherman’s ring,” added Bergano.

“His offhand remarks to the press have been a disaster,” Bergano exclaimed. “L’Osservatore Romano has to correct half of what he says before it’s printed…….”

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7 Responses to How do you solve a problem like Pope Francis?

  1. Toadspittle says:

    Sr. Joan Chittister.”

    Who’s he?


  2. kathleen says:

    Sister Joan Chittister is a dissident nun in favour of abortion and women’s ordination !!

    Sorry Burrito, but I did not like this article at all.
    In a sardonic way it sings the praises of Pope Francis…. nothing wrong with that. But is is also a mockery of our two former great Popes and all traditional [read faithful here] Catholics.

    Pope Benedict XVI honoured and valued Catholic tradition. He, the most humble of men, did not dress in “red shoes” and a cape trimmed with “ermine” out of vanity or love of extravagance! Such an insinuation of this of our beloved Pope Emeritus is offensive and slanderous in the extreme.
    Traditionally in the Catholic Church, the colour red commemorates the blood of martyrdom and is identified with the Holy Spirit. The ermine cape, when worn by the Pope, symbolises the importance and magnificence of his role as Christ’s Vicar on Earth. Pope Benedict should be lauded for raising the symbols of the Papacy once more.

    The National Protestant Catholic Reporter is amusingly referred to as the Fish Wrap by Fr. Z. This article, typical of its treacherous, Rome-bashing mindset, makes it blatantly obvious why!

    P.S. The ‘National Catholic Reporter‘ is not to be confused with the wholly orthodox ‘National Catholic Register‘.


  3. mmvc says:

    My thoughts exactly, Kathleen, though I couldn’t have articulated them so well!
    The ‘Fish Wrap’ along with the ‘Bitter Pill’ are toxins I avoid, both for spiritual and physical health reasons 😉


  4. This reminds me of a group of dissident nuns in our diocese who were upset that my sisters wore habits. They thought it should be a relic of the past. On the other hand, I do not look down on communities that do not wear habits. If it works for them that’s fine. There’s plenty of room in the church for different charisms, and ministries.

    The diversity crowd does the exact opposite of what they preach.


  5. Toadspittle says:

    “On the other hand, I do not look down on communities that do not wear habits. “
    Diversity in action.


  6. GC says:

    Dear Sister. although you told us before what was to be your name in relogion, this is the first occasion that we have seen you posting under it. Last time it was still “srdc”, if I’m not making a mistake.

    Should we conclude that you recently professed your initial vows and were habited and were given your new name?

    If so, I’m sure we all congratulate you and will ask God and His Mother to take very good care of you you there.

    May we know again the name of your congregation? And any chance that the Internet will be part of your work there. Sister Solana?



  7. “Should we conclude that you recently professed your initial vows and were habited and were given your new name?”


    Thanks for the well wishes and prayers. The name of my community is Epiphany community. I use the internet to study for my courses , so when I do this, I sometimes post here.


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