More on Pope Francis By John Vennari

More on Pope Francis
14/03/13 12:07
2013 CFN Conclave Blog

By John Vennari

Today, March 14, is the first day under the reign of the new Pope. It is also a day when we continue to learn more about him.

Unlike Cardinal Ratzinger who was well known prior to his papal election, and who had a long paper-trail of speeches, documents, books and public activities, most people in the English-speaking world are not as familiar with Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I.

Earlier I posted materials that spotlighted some of his disturbing practices in Argentina: participating in pan-Christian Pentecostal assemblies; celebrating Hanukkah with Jews; riotous stadium Masses more like a pop-rally circus than anything sacred.

Other aspects now surface that show another side of the man.

He appears to be devoted to Our Lady of Fatima, and according to a 30 Days interview, he prays 15 decades of the Rosary daily. I have it on good authority (not a rumor, but a letter he once sent to an acquaintance), that he personally practices the Five First Saturdays devotion.

This morning Pope Francis, quietly went to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest church in the world dedicated to the Madonna, where he prayed before a famous icon of the Madonna called the Salus Populi Romani, or Protectress of the Roman People. He also visited the tomb of Pope St. Pius V.

In an earlier report I had said he would celebrate Mass at Saint Mary’s this morning. It appears I was operating on inaccurate information. He did not celebrate Mass, but only went to pray.

In the post-conciliar world, where the definition and practice of Catholicism encompasses a bizarre elasticity – a combination of both traditional practices and foreign elements always condemned by the Church – modern prelates tend to be mixed bags.

As time goes on, we will learn exactly what combination of elements make the man who is now Pope Francis.

[Bold emphasis added – Kopp]

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12 comments on “More on Pope Francis By John Vennari

  1. He appears to want to merge the modern practices of the Church with traditional devotions, Is he the right man to guide the barque of Peter through the perilous waters in which we find ourselves today? We shall see. Two things he could do right away with the powers granted to him by virtue of his office: regularize the FSSPX amd consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This would go a long way to healing the divisions in the Church and starting his pontificate on the right foot . And one would have to ask him why these two things could not be done right away? Really, Your Holiness, why not?

    • Can they guy catch his breath for a minute? Ya know he only has one lung! LOL.
      Yes, Consecrate Russia First!! Other things will fall into place with that action. And to ask the Bishops to do it now would be ideal while they all are in a joyfully good mood…strike while the iron is hot!

  2. Sure. I bolded it. Should have pointed that out. Mea culpa.

  3. Vennari later corrected that post:

    www.oltyn.org/page48/files/19fa5b96e03fb78a74ba79d77caf5674-20.html

    “In an earlier report I had said he would celebrate Mass at Saint Mary’s this morning. It appears I was operating on inaccurate information. He did not celebrate Mass, but only went to pray.”

    Interesting to see if any more of these things will also turn out to have been BS.

  4. Just something to keep in mind as far as Sancta Maria Maggiore:

    1. St Ignatius of Loyola and his companions made their vows in Parish on 15th August 1534 – the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.

    2. Also St Ignatius celebrated his first Mass at Sancta Maria Maggiore.

    3. Pope Francis is a Jesuit.

  5. I have no concerns whatsoever about the continued growth of the TLM under our new Pope Francis. He will not do anything to undermine the freedom Pope Benedict granted to the TLM. And unlike Pope Benedict, I would not be at all surprised to see Pope Francis publicly offer a TLM some day.

    Seriously.

    The man has a deep devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, practices the Five first Saturday Devotions, and prays 15 decades of the Rosary each day.

    After he meets with Pope Emeritus Benedict, reads the 300 page dossier on the VatiLeaks scandal, and reads the rest of the Third secret of Fatima, he will be a different man than he was as Archbishop, then Cardinal, in Argentina.

    He just strikes me as the type who, once he learns something is the Lord’s Will, he will simply make it his own. I suspect under the influence of our Pope Emeritus and the rest of the Third Secret we will be pleasantly surprised by his pontificate.

    • Yes, yes, we hope for the best, but Pope John Paul II also was constantly being described as very devoted to Our Lady and especially O.L.of Fatima. He also went to the synagogue to pray and take part in their ceremonies, just like His Holiness has. The Church has been a circus since Vatican II, and judging from the Masses Pope Francis I has presided over as Cardinal of Argentina , I doubt very much that things are going to go traditional any time soon. I still think it will take some pretty serious (catastrophic) world events to happen before any of the modernist popes are going to be willing to consecrate Russia. I hope I am wrong.

    • Kopp said, “After he meets with Pope Emeritus Benedict, reads the 300 page dossier on the VatiLeaks scandal, and reads the rest of the Third secret of Fatima, he will be a different man than he was as Archbishop, then Cardinal, in Argentina.”

      And how do you know that?

  6. We shall see, my friend. I truly hope that you are right.

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