Assisi

Assisi

It is silly and meaningless. Perhaps under Francis it becomes non- or barely religious and more a political meeting.

Posted by Fr Ray Blake on Friday, September 23, 2016

Assisi: as Fr Lucie Smith says [in the Catholic Herald] needs revamping, it is a bit like any ecumenical event, it becomes self-referential, a bit ‘same old’ a bit dull. I have always justified it to those Catholics who disapprove of ‘Assisi’, as being the Pope being recognised in some sense as ‘leader’ of all ‘faith communities’, I admit its not necessarily good theology.

I don’t know who draws up the guest list, or more significantly the veto list, presumably for the more important it is the Pope. This year the dear old Dalai Lama being struck from the guest list, that is not insignificant – presumable a more acceptable (to the Chinese and therefore Rome) patriotic Lama was found as a substitute for Chinese approved Tibetan Buddhism. I don’t know if the there were other Chinese ‘faith communities’, most probably not Falun-gong. China and its treatment of Christians is deeply worrying, read this from First Things or the Catholic Herald on organ harvesting. It is pretty harrowing stuff but it is these are people, the Chinese government, Holy See plans to allow to choose Catholic bishops.

Patriarch Bartholomew was also there behind and obviously junior to the Bishop of Rome but then to be honest he is always in need of friends (and money) being starved of both not only by Moscow and Athens but also the increasingly hostile Turkish state, which under Erdogan is taking a significant turn against the countries tiny Orthodox community, there have been accusations the Phanar was involved in the coup against him. As things are it is quite possible next year depending on how things develop with Moscow, or whether the Holy See wants a closer relationship with Turkey, he too could be on the way out, or being even more junior.

There were of course Sikhs and Bahá’ís who are always glad of an invitation: reaching out to other religions is part of their creed. This time round from the photographs there seemed to be a lack of pagans, animist and spirit worshippers. I don’t know if the Vatican prohibits Voodooists, Spiritualists and Satanists, there didn’t seem to be many in the photographs.

There were various Jewish and Islamic leaders who were more ‘ecumenical’ than most of their brethren who frankly would not be seen dead at such an event or even in the company of those who would attend such an event. Many of course are what Catholics might consider ‘Liberal’

What should not be forgotten is that Assisi is much more a political event than a religious one, increasingly it seems like event to show favour to political friends and disfavour to those who might compromise the Holy Sees global ambitions, as a peace maker of course, and at the table of peace-makers.

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12 comments on “Assisi

  1. I have always justified it to those Catholics who disapprove of ‘Assisi’, as being the Pope being recognised in some sense as ‘leader’ of all ‘faith communities’,

    Pure fertilizer. But Fr. gets closer at the end:

    What should not be forgotten is that Assisi is much more a political event than a religious one, increasingly it seems like event to show favour to political friends and disfavour to those who might compromise the Holy Sees global ambitions, as a peace maker of course, and at the table of peace-makers.

    That’s what pope’s are for! Oh, wait …

  2. Keep smilin, keep shinin,
    Knowin that I won’t proclaim him King,
    For sure!
    That’s what Popes are for!
    Adulterers
    Left-wingers
    I’ll be on your side forever more!
    That’s what Popes are for!

  3. Küng Fu: Modernism the Legend Continues





    Master Po: What is troubling your mind, Grasshopper?



    Kwai Chang: Master, why has the Dalai Lama not been invited to participate in the ecumenical dialogue of the papal spiritual conference at Assisi?



    Master Po: Strange are the ways of the dialectic of progressive modernism, are they not, Grasshopper?



    Kwai Chang: Yes, they are strange, Master. But I do not understand why the Dalai Lama has been blackballed from such an ecumenical gathering.



    Master Po: Ah, the illusions of maya are strong as the wheel of karma turns, Grasshopper. Does a gecko always see the spikes of the cactus in the desert if he is not looking carefully?



    Kwai Chang: I do not know, Master. I have not spoken to a gecko recently to ask him.



    Bob Dylan: Grasshopper doesn’t know whether a gecko always sees the spikes of the cactus in the desert because he hasn’t spoken to a gecko yet.
    When Grasshopper speaks to a gecko, he’ll probably find out and everything will be cool, man.



    Gecko: I’m right here, mate. But I didn’t receive an invitation to Assisi either!



    Robin: Gosh, Batman, can geckos really talk?

    Batman: Only on television, Robin.



    Gecko: I’m right here, mate. What’s up with the cactus spikes?



    Master Po: He is right there, Grasshopper. What questions will you ask?



    Kwai Chang: This is a trick question, is it not, Master? Like when you wanted me to race Jeff Spicoli in a Tortoise and Hare race between St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare, carrying a copy of Edmund Husserl’s The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology. You were just horsing around, were you not, Master?





    Master Po: No, that was an analogy, Grasshopper, which is quite different. This time I really wanted you to ask questions of the Gecko.



    Kwai Chang: You ask such strange questions, Master. I cannot be certain whether you are being serious or wish me to experience a Zen insight in the confusion of this dialectic.





    Master Po: Ah, Grasshopper, in time you will snatch the pebble from my hand.



    Bob Dylan: Grasshopper will snatch the pebble from Master Po’s hand when enough time has passed for all of his lessons in Zen, Taoist, and Confucian puzzles and riddles to be complete. Until then he’s stuck in the modernist dialectic with the rest of us.



    Hans Küng: I would like to address that…





  4. Kwai Chang: But, Master, if the Dalai Lama were invited to come to Assisi to
    discuss spiritual and moral issues with Hans Küng, Rémi Brague, Josef Seifert, and Rocco Buttiglione, that would advance ecumenical dialogue in the cycle of dharma, Samsāra, and Enlightenment would it not?



    Hans Küng: Yes, it would actually.



    Master Po: You have spoken wisely, Grasshopper. In time you will snatch the pebble from my hand.



    Bob Dylan: Grasshopper has spoken wisely this time, sorting through all the Zen kōans, bringing him closer to snatching the pebble from Master Po’s hand.



    Hans Küng: But Jürgen Habermas and Professor Charles Taylor should be invited as well.



    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: To serve as moderators. With Raymond Arroyo and live coverage on EWTN, of course.





    Reverend Neuhaus: This would be a good occasion to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity…



    Kwai Chang: But, Master, what clothing did the Public Square wear before it became naked?



  5. Kwai Chang: If the Dalai Lama were invited to the ecumenical gathering at Assisi, it would be a great honor for Tibetan Buddhism, would it not, Master?



    Master Po: Truly as great as the blades of grass in the Himalayas and the snow caps of Mount Kailash, Grasshopper.



    Lisa: Do you know how to make one with everything?

    Richard Gere: Don’t distract me, Lisa. I’m meditating.



    Bob Dylan: He’s meditating so be cool, Lisa.



    Lisa: But don’t you wish you could go to Assisi and participate in the pope’s ecumenical dialogue?

    Richard Gere: Yes, but it’s very annoying to be distracted while you’re trying to meditate and break out of the cycle of maya and Samsāra to achieve union with Atman, Lisa.

  6. I just got back from mass a little over an hour ago. (It’s Sunday here in NZ.) Fr. Cranshaw spoke about this latest Assisi disaster (Pope Francis and this scandalous madness violating the first commandment, double talk from the Vatican, blasphemy, Freemasons in control at the Vatican with Pope Francis doing their bidding, One World religion with no dogmas, etc…)
    He also asked us to pray for the conversions of the aforementioned.



  7. George God Burns: Buddha is my son. Bergoglio is my son. Kwai Chang is my son. Bob Dylan, well …



    Bob Dylan: Light yourself a candle, Don’t wear sandals, Try to avoid the scandals



    John Paul the Great: Scandals? What scandals?

    Bob Dylan: The church is in a lurch ’cause you vandals took the handles.

    • Too bad those weren’t cannabis plants.

      Had they been, there would at least have been some chance that they’d have all rolled a joint and scrambled into town to satiate their urge for munchies instead of staging that preposterous, blasphemous farce.

  8. Those Assisi abominations by JP2 never cease to make my blood pressure rise everytime I see it.
    Just like it did back in 1986.
    If the conciliar church made him a “saint” for being a modernist and a promoter of Vatican II, and of its spirit then they’ll be santo subito chants just as loud from the same like minded people for Bergoglio after he passes.
    After all, Jorge is Wojtyła 2.0



  9. Nietzsche: If George Burns were God, I could not bear it.
    Therefore, God does not exist.



    Kwai Chang: The thinking of the modern Occident is so confusing, Master. We have only spent a little time on Aristotelian logic, but is this a proper syllogism?



    Master Po: Ah, Grasshopper. Strange are the ways of the modern mind, are they not?
    If a Pokémon salesman wandering in the Gobi desert were able to pick up all of the grains of sand in the desert and put them in a glass, would he be able to carry it?



    Jiminy Cricket: Were you asking me?



    Kwai Chang: This is another trick question of Zen, is it not, Master? Like if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?

    Surely I do not know.



    Bob Dylan: That would be one heavy glass full of sand, man.



    Lisa: Would you be able to carry a glass full of all of the grains of sand in the Gobi desert?

    Richard Gere: Yes, using mind over matter, but it’s very annoying to be distracted while you’re trying to meditate and break out of the cycle of maya and Samsāra to achieve union with Atman, Lisa.




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