FrankenPope welcomes criticism—he says

FrankenPope welcomes criticism—he says

By Phil Lawler | Feb 10, 2017

“It’s good to be criticized,” said Pope Francis to religious superiors. “I have always liked this.”

That’s good to know. What a relief to think that all those stories we’ve been hearing—about the Vatican officials called in for tongue-lashing because they had expressed criticism of the Holy Father, the staff members of the CDF summarily dismissed for the same reason—must be wrong. And the angry speeches to the Roman Curia must have been misreported and/or misinterpreted.

But that’s not all. Pope Francis went on to tell the religious superiors: “And when criticisms make you grow, I accept them, and reply.”

So if, say, four cardinals criticize a papal document for ambiguity, and ask for a clarification, we can safely assume that he would reply.

Or maybe there are some criticisms that don’t “make you grow.” I wonder how one can tell the difference.

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2 comments on “FrankenPope welcomes criticism—he says

  1. “I wonder how one can tell the difference?”
    Why, simple. The ones that don’t make you grow are the ones that don’t expose your defects; that don’t challenge your assumptions about your own perfections; that don’t force you out of your comfort zone. One can only get better when one knows and accepts that one needs to.
    Of course, His Humbleness, thinking himself perfect in every way, cannot accept any challenges to his perfections.
    Which is why he never accepts criticism.
    Which is why he’s a damnable hypocritical liar when he says “It’s good to be criticized. I have always liked this.” or
    “And when criticisms make you grow, I accept them, and reply.”
    The self preening is enough to make one vomit.
    Your Humbleness, you have appointed *yourself* as the judge of what will make you grow or not, “and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked?”
    By definition, those criticisms that will make you grow are only those that come from outside your own paradigm of preferred criteria.

  2. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Pope Francis claiming to enjoy criticism by his opponents… analyze using your usual superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” out of concerns not to be accused of excessive rigidity and neo-Pelagian triumphalism by liberals and progressive modernists with self-esteem issues who might be less familiar with Aristotelian logic due to changes in curriculum from the modernist Land O’Lakes conference agenda….

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Systematic humiliation was part of traditional Ignatian spiritual training in the Society of Jesus before Vatican II. However, some critics may be less than enthusiastic with the use of pop culture and classic 1960s sci fi references for satire and parodies of the travesty of Bergoglian progressive modernism and the Spirit of Vatican II. Perhaps we should tone things down, Jim.

    Captain Kirk: What’s the problem, Spock? Have you been receiving complaints?

    Spock: Not directly, Captain. But some cultural traditionalists have lamented the decline of literacy and literary allusions among Generation X and in digital millennial subculture. The disappearance of book learning has had negative effects on postmodern culture.

    Shakespeare: One should taketh criticism in one’s stride, so much the greater may the growth be.

    Kierkegaard: As long as we deal with the Angst at the heart of modernity at some point…

    Professor Sartre: Along with a detailed phenomenological analysis of alienation and existential self-estrangement.

    Father Copleston, S.J.: He’s right about humility in Ignatian spirituality. But while he is so open to criticism, we should hear more from the Holy Father about restoring Catholic identity in the traditional Ratio Studiorum….

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Oh, that’s a valid point. Some clarification on the papal ghostwriter’s grossly inaccurate quotation from St. Thomas Aquinas would also be helpful.

    Robin: How could that happen, Batman?

    Batman: Too many modernist Enneagram seminars perhaps.

    Batman: All the more reason to catch up on your Latin homework from Fordham Prep this weekend, Robin!

    Robin: I guess you’re right, Batman.

    Batman: You were thinking about spending Saturday afternoon translating the works of Cicero, Vergil, Horace, Catullus, Livy, Tacitus, Juvenal, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas,
    weren’t you, Robin?

    Robin: I was?

    Batman: Always remember, Robin: civilization begins or falls with whether we are learning the proper Latin case endings.

    For Mary Richards, a childless single career woman in 1970s Minneapolis, washing her Ford Mustang while wearing a Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt, as Glenn Frey and the Eagles crooned “Take It Easy” on her 8-track tape player, Pope Bergoglio enjoying criticism and the progressive modernist obsession with climate change and Enneagram numbers were far from her mind…

    Reverend Neuhaus: That’s my opening….Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but this might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment in modern culture, and Professor Taylor’s secularization theories…

    Carol Brady: You’ve been spending a lot of time on that book, Mike. I just thought you should know that I went off the Pill…..

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