Pope reveals he took (stole) his late confessor’s cross

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis confessed Thursday that he took the rosary cross of his late confessor from his casket and wears it to this day in a fabric pouch under his cassock. He said he did so telling the late priest, “Give me half your mercy.”

Francis made the revelation Thursday during an informal chat with Roman priests about the need to be merciful to their flocks. He told the story of the “great confessor” of Buenos Aires who had heard confessions from most of the diocesan priests as well as from Pope John Paul II when he visited Argentina.

When the priest died, Francis went to pray by his open casket and was stunned that no one had brought any flowers.

`’This man forgave the sins of all the priests of Buenos Aires, but not a single flower …?” Francis recalled. So he went out and bought a bouquet of roses, and when he returned to arrange them around the casket, he saw the rosary the priest still held in his hand.

“And immediately there came to mind the thief we all have inside ourselves and while I arranged the flowers I took the cross and with just a bit of force I removed it,” he said, showing with his hands how he pulled the cross off the rosary. “And in that moment I looked at him and I said `Give me half your mercy.'”

Francis said he kept the cross in his shirt pocket for years, but that the cassock he wears now as pope doesn’t have a pocket. He now keeps it in a little pouch underneath.

“And whenever a bad thought comes to mind about someone, my hand goes here, always,” he said, gesturing to his heart. “And I feel the grace, and that makes me feel better.”

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10 comments on “Pope reveals he took (stole) his late confessor’s cross

  1. He must have short-armed it when he decided to show no mercy to FFI and FMC.

    “And whenever a bad thought comes to mind about someone, my hand goes here, always,” he said, gesturing to his heart. “And I feel the grace, and that makes me feel better.”

    “And then, after I feel all better, I go ahead and screw them anyway! Bwahahaha!!!”

    May his reign be short.

  2. “And immediately there came to mind the thief we all have inside ourselves and while I arranged the flowers I took the cross and with just a bit of force I removed it,” he said, showing with his hands how he pulled the cross off the rosary. “And in that moment I looked at him and I said `Give me half your mercy.’”

    I guess Jorge isn’t to attached to the Ten Commandments either, especially the Seventh Commandment.

    “And whenever a bad thought comes to mind about someone, my hand goes here, always,” he said, gesturing to his heart. “And I feel the grace, and that makes me feel better.”

    Except when it’s a traditional Catholic teaching, society, entity, religious order or person, then he gestures to his heart with his middle finger in the air. This guy is a joke except that he’s dangerous to the Church and to the faithful.

  3. I’m sure Mark Shea and Michael Voris have a perfectly reasonable explanation for all of this and it probably involves “embittered” trads somehow.

  4. In hindsight, we really should have seen this one coming:

  5. Is it me or does he sound proud that he stole the cross from the rosary the late priest held? Did he make restitution?

    Surely the priest had another rosary that he could have asked for among the late priest’s possessions. Most priests I know seem to have many sets of beads. They and the faithful are known to hand them out to just about anyone who wants one.

    All this mercifulness needs to be tempered with Justice. Are mercy and humble jorge trending yet?

    • No, it’s not you. He is boasting about his creepy (not to mention illegal) caper, not repenting of it.

      • I really thought all Rosaries have a Crucifix not a cross. But maybe that’s new too with VATII, concillary church and oh yes the Concillar Enlightened Mysteries.

      • Creepy is right. And weird. Creepy and weird.

        Wouldn’t you have confessed this at some point and returned the cross, maybe to a friend or relative of the priest? And then, would you go blabbing it? And if you did, wouldn’t it be to illustrate forgiveness and proper penance?

        This pope is creepy and weird.

  6. One must show sorrow for the misdeed to confess and be forgiven. Don’t believe any of that is going on here. Very Bad Sign that this man has been put into the see of Peter. He is distructive and is doing his best to destroy the papacy. But after all accounding to the document buried in Vatican II they voted to make the Pope just the bishop of rome and the first among many. We Are In B I G Trouble.

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