Pope Francis the Problem

From: Rorate Caeli

In the print edition of today’s USA Today, online here, is a sad commentary by Melinda Henneberger, a former Vatican correspondent for the New York Times, where she announces her apostasy.

Henneberger, who is known to be center-left (dissident on, for instance, Humanae Vitae, but sympathetic toward limited pro-life causes) via her many years of writings, blamed her apostasy decision on “these men” and “the men who run the church” while avoiding any blame toward the man who runs the Church.

Who runs the Church?  Who is the Supreme Pontiff?  Who blocked the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week from moving forward with a plan to get serious about the abuse crisis?  Even Tom Reese, S.J. (deemed too liberal for America magazine), called the move this week a “disaster” that would result in “terrible public relations for the pope.”

Pope Francis is the leader.  Pope Francis makes the decisions.  It is not enough to blame “the Vatican” or, as the media’s current favorite dissident John Gehring did this week, toss Francis into a larger mix: “The Vatican, including Pope Francis, has also not done enough.”

A building, or an independent city-state, or a faceless bureaucracy is not to blame.  Pope Francis is to blame.  It is he who makes the decisions.  It is he who should face the consequences of a decision such as telling the U.S. bishops they must not consider child abuse reform.

It is time to stop covering for Pope Francis.  He is the problem.

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8 Responses to Pope Francis the Problem

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    I should not indulge one of my worst blogging habits – insults – (which reminds me, where is JabaPappa these days?) when referring to Francis, but it is fact – not gratuitous insult – to say he is unfit to hold the position he clutches with tight fists. I send a loving prayer his way at Mass, but otherwise pay scant attention to him or his doings.


  2. johnhenrycn says:

    I misspoke when I said I “pay scant attention” to Francis or his doings. I follow him and his doings closely. What I should have said is that I pay scant regard (as in best regards) to him and his doings.


  3. This documentary https://to.pbs.org/2A0iI2w was made four years ago. It shows that the crisis has only gotten worse. The documentary ends with an almost delusional view of this current pope and what he is supposedly going to do for the Church. (Don’t laugh.)


  4. Crow says:

    Fr Raymond de Souza has an article dealing with the inconsistencies of Pope Francis’ platitudes of ‘synodality’ (whatever that is), at the last kumbayah meeting and clamping down on the US bishops and ordering them to make no decisions or rulings until the meeting in February. Pope Francis has made it perfectly clear that it is he, and he alone, who decides on these issues.
    That is fine, the more he does it, the more that we see the results. He is getting to a very sticky point.
    Speaking of JabbaPappa – there are a whole crew of missing people (and crustaceans- are toads crustaceans?) where are they all?


  5. Crow says:

    Sorry – I omitted to say that Father de Souza’s article is in the Catholic Herald.


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    The Germans used to know how to deal with heretics, but they’ve lost their way, mostly.
    Münster Horror


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    Is it wrong to hope to see this person in heaven before I do Pope Francis who I also hope to see?


  8. johnhenrycn says:

    Sigh. One last try, then I’m off, as so many others here have done:


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