“Send me a positive wave!” says Pope Francis to Atheist

More un-pope like utterances from Francis, plus other news, here reported by Gloria TV last Monday.


Positive Wave? Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist mayor of Paris who is an atheist, has received a letter from Pope Francis in which Francis thanks her for her participation in a meeting in the Vatican. The letter concludes: “I kindly ask you to pray for me, or to think well about me and to send me a positive wave.”

Fair: Cardinal Raffaele Martino has become the eighth cardinal who joins the doubts against the controversial document, Amoris Laetitia. On Friday he said to lafedequotidiana.it about the dubia: “It is lawful in terms of doctrine to address a question to the Pope and it is also fair for the Pope to respond.”

Ungrateful: Last Thursday Pope Francis expressed his visible anger while receiving members of the children’s hospital, Bambino Gesù, in the Aula Nervi. The reason: Behind Francis were the chairs and music stands for a concert that would take place two days later. Francis said: “Forgive me because this is not a proper way to receive people.” The day before the concert organizers had handed to the pope 500,000 Euros donated by benefactors for the construction of a children’s hospital in Africa. Another 500,000 are ready for delivery. Sandro Magister comments: “And Francis has thanked them in this way.”

Anathema: On Friday Cardinal Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said to the Passauer Neue Presse that there are cases when Catholics can decide on their own with a confessor that their marriage is null. This opinion has been condemned by the Council of Trent as a heresy. Quote: “If any one saith, that matrimonial causes do not belong to ecclesiastical judges; let him be anathema.”

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15 Responses to “Send me a positive wave!” says Pope Francis to Atheist

  1. 000rjbennett says:

    A friend called Bergoglio’s reign, “The pontificate from hell.”

  2. Scelata says:

    But there were clowns…
    (Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

  3. mmvc says:

    I wonder if a ‘positive wave’ is akin to ‘good vibes’… I seem to remember that PF used a similar expression once before. Most un-pope like, indeed. God bless him!

  4. johnhenrycn says:

    Francis the Merciful gave these pearls of wisdom to his acolytes during a press interview aboard Holy See Air Force 1 back to Rome from Azerbaijan on October 2nd:

    “Last year I received a letter from a Spaniard who told me his story as a child, a young man, he was a girl, a girl who suffered so much because he felt he felt like a boy, but was physically a girl. He told his mother and the mom…(the girl) was around 22 years old said that she would like to do the surgical intervention and all of those things. And the mother said not to do it while she was still alive. She was elderly and she died soon after. She had the surgery and an employee of a ministry in the city of Spain went to the bishop, who accompanied (this person) a lot. Good bishop. I spent time accompanying this man. Then (the man) got married, he changed his civil identity, got married and wrote me a letter saying that for him it would be a consolation to come with his wife, he who was she, but him!”

    What sense is there to this meandering reflection on whatever it is a reflection about? Perhaps it’s a mistranslation. I don’t know. I don’t speak Esperanto. I prefer giving Francis the Merciful the benefit of the doubt and presume he’s still compos mentis, but I don’t know for sure.

    “According to the official Vatican summary he introduced the individual, born female, as ‘a Spanish man.’ He accepted the change of sexual identity as a fact. The Pope went on to say that he had met with the Spanish couple, ‘and they were very happy.’ Nowhere did he suggest that the ‘he who was she’ was a troubled individual”


    Happy holidays to all CP&Sers – past, present, future and/or on sabbatical.

  5. Tom Fisher says:

    A friend called Bergoglio’s reign, “The pontificate from hell.”

    Oh you’re doing this yet again RJB?? Did the ‘friend’ email you? This seems to be the usual channel for their anonymous prognostications

    I think it is probably not the case that this is the pontificate from hell. What do you think about his papacy?

    The long dead great aunt of a twice removed cousin once suggested to the ghost of my wife’s first French tutor that it is generally best just to express opinions directly. I couldn’t possibly comment

  6. Tom Fisher says:

    Behind Francis were the chairs and music stands for a concert that would take place two days later. Francis said: “Forgive me because this is not a proper way to receive people.”

    I’m confused by this. It’s unclear to me whether The Pope was being ungrateful, or was apologizing for receiving them in a setting which was not appropriately presented. Can anyone clarify what happened?

  7. kathleen says:

    Hi Tom! In answer to your question, it appears this was no “apology”! Pope Francis was aiming an indirect reprimand at the organisers of the concert to take place two days later, for leaving him little room in front of the chairs for the orchestra that had already been set out. (You can see his annoyance in his expression and gestures on the video.) Instead of humbly ignoring the small inconvenience, Francis got worked up about it.

    A fine way of showing your gratitude for the generous donation for a very worthy cause that the concert organisers had just presented him with, eh?

  8. kathleen says:

    JH @ 02:44

    Sounds pretty typical convoluted Pope Francis-talk, I would say. 🙄

    Another typical and most confusing paradox about Francis is his constant giving two totally contradictory statements one after another.
    In this case, he is now undoubtedly sympathetic and condoning of the “he” who was formerly a “she”!! (According to Francis, of course. As though our God-given sex could be switched through a whim, and with a bit of clever modern surgery!)
    However, when reading from his prepared script – written no doubt by the CDF or Vatican theologians – only a few days beforehand, he had denounced gender theory, and given the official Catholic Church’s censure of this evil ideology!

  9. Tom Fisher says:

    Thanks Kathleen, well, in that case, it’s a disappointing story. I imagine he is feeling a certain amount of stress these days of course. Some of which he has brought on himself, to be sure.

  10. johnhenrycn says:

    This Gloria TV YouTube episode speaks of PF’s “visible anger” at having to negotiate chairs and music stands set up for a concert taking place two days later:

    Francis said: “Forgive me, because this is not the proper way to receive people…”

    Was that YouTube chick there when PF spoke with “visible anger”? I couldn’t hear his anger on this (silent) Gloria TV report – nor could I see it, quite frankly. “Fake news”, what? Let’s be fair to our Holy Father and ask him instead about why he rented out the Sistine Chapel – a far more special place for Catholics than the Paul VI Audience hall – to the Porsche Travel Club for a private corporate event at €5000 per person two years ago. Talk about His Tackiness.

  11. johnhenrycn says:

    Here’s a thought: PF should convene a synod to discuss renting out the Holy Sepulcher (at least the part under Roman Catholic control) to Tesco or Walmart.

  12. johnhenrycn says:

    I digress from my usual cruel self. Here’s a song sung by Toad’s fifth wife: I Cannot Walk On Alone:

  13. johnhenrycn says:

    I do apologise, Toad. I know you’re disappointed with my last video meant for your next wife. Here’s the one I meant to dedicate to your very special fourth wife:

  14. johnhenrycn says:

    I did get off topic. Sorry. I was momentarily flummoxed by Toad – a man with four wives. Couldn’t help but get them mixed up. Innocent mistake.

  15. ginnyfree says:

    Ya know, I did a little digging and couldn’t find ANY articles written about the Cardinal recently that were published in the Passauer Neue Presse. So, if he really did say this to them, where is it written for examination? Also upon examination of the alleged words of the Cardinal at other sites, there seems to be a bit of discrepancy in what he says, some wiggle room. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it may just be a duck. Just sayin’……………..

    Merry Christmas everyone. God bless. Ginnyfree.

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