Frankenpope, at Friday Mass, preaches that Christians should be joyful, and in his Thursday Christmas message to Roman Curia, rips its ‘traitors’; Vatican newspaper editor says Frankenpope is calling Curia to turn its gaze outward

[Frankenpope, at Friday Mass, preaches that Christians should be joyful, and in his Thursday Christmas message to Roman Curia, rips its ‘traitors’; Vatican newspaper editor says Frankenpope is calling Curia to turn its gaze outward]

[So that’s what His Holiness was saying in his Christmas message to the Curia: Joyfully calling out its “traitors” so they could turn their attention elsewhere]


From Catholic World News

December 22, 2017 – Pope, at Monday Mass, preaches that Christians should be joyful

Pope Francis, preaching on Zephaniah 3:14-18 and Luke 1:39-45, reflected on 3 topics related to joy: forgiveness, walking with the Lord, and not being pessimistic.

December 21, 2017 – Pope rips ‘traitors’ in Christmas message to Roman Curia

Pope Francis lashed out at Vatican officials who resist his reform programs on December 21, in his Christmas message to the Roman Curia.

The annual papal address to the Curia, officially listed as an exchange of Christmas greetings, has traditionally been an opportunity for the Pontiff to review the past year’s work and outline top priorities for the future. In 2014, Pope Francis broke from that pattern by delivering a scalding critique of the Roman Curia, listing the “spiritual diseases” that beset the Vatican. Last year, at the same December event, he blasted “malicious” opposition to his plans for reform.

Pope Francis returned to that topic in this year’s address, berating the “traitors” within the Roman Curia and the “unbalanced and debased mindset of plots and small cliques.” He went on to complain that some Vatican officials, “when they are quietly sidelined, wrongly declare themselves martyrs of the system” rather than acknowledging their own failures.

The Pope did not name any past or present officials in his criticism. But three prominent Vatican officials who have been removed in recent months have made public protests about the way they were dismissed. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has said that he cannot accept the abrupt way in which his service was terminated. And both Libero Milone and Guilio Mattietti—who were fired from posts as the Vatican’s former auditor general and the deputy director of the Vatican bank, respectively—have charged that they were removed without reason.

Pope Francis opened his discussion of resistance to his plans for reform by citing the “amusing” words of a 19th-century Belgian prelate, Archbishop Xavier de Mérode, who said that “reforming Rome is like cleaning the Sphinx of Egypt with a toothbrush.” John Allen of the Crux news site observed that the line did not draw laughter from the assembled Vatican officials.

December 22, 2017 – Vatican newspaper editor: Pope is calling Curia to turn its gaze outward

In a front-page analysis of Pope Francis’s December 21 address to the Roman Curia, the editor-in-chief of L’Osservatore Romano said that the Pope is returning to the major theme of his remarks to fellow cardinals four days before his election to the papacy.

In 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said that “the Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries.” Likewise, said editor Giovanni Maria Vian, the Pope’s December 21 address focused (in the Pope’s words) on the Curia’s “relationship with the nations, with the Particular Churches, with the Oriental Churches, with ecumenical dialogue, with Judaism, with Islam and other religions—in other words, with the outside world.”

Vian also drew parallels between Cardinal Bergoglio’s critique of “self-referential” spiritual worldliness and the Pope’s renewed criticism of “those who betray the trust put in them and profiteer from the Church’s motherhood.”

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3 comments on “Frankenpope, at Friday Mass, preaches that Christians should be joyful, and in his Thursday Christmas message to Roman Curia, rips its ‘traitors’; Vatican newspaper editor says Frankenpope is calling Curia to turn its gaze outward

  1. Embarrassing Meeting Between Francis And Cardinal Müller – 12/22/17

    After Pope Francis’ angry address to the Roman Curia on December 21 in which he indirectly attacked Cardinal Müller, those present came up to greet him – among them Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

    Francis exchanged jokes, hugs and smiles with many of them – except with Müller whom he brutally fired in June as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Francis greeted Müller with a quick and silent handshake.

    Müller has never been afraid to criticize the authoritarian and sometimes unjust way Bergoglio runs the Vatican.

  2. Message to Roman Curia: Big Humble is watching

    Louie December 22, 2017

    On December 21st, various cardinals and superiors of the Roman Curia gathered in the Sala Clementina for the annual Christmas Address; a message intended not just for those in attendance, but for all who work there.

    For many among the Curial staff, this isn’t exactly the most wonderful time of the year.

    Recall, if you will, the Bergoglian Christmas Addresses of years past as Francis used those occasions to diagnose the body’s assorted “diseases” and to berate its members.

    It was in this environment – one described by insiders with increasing frequency as a “climate of fear” – wherein Francis delivered his 2017 Address; one that contained what can only be understood as a threat so thinly veiled as to be explicit.

    Francis began in earnest by reminding the Curia that, according to Canon Law, it “‘performs its function,’ in the name and with the authority of the Supreme Pontiff, ‘for the good and service of the Churches.’”

    Given his obvious disregard for Canon Law as it concerns canon 915, the level of hypocrisy here is almost beyond belief.

    In any case, the point being made was clear enough; I’m in charge and you work for me.

    Francis went on to say that the work of the Curia relative to the pope is one of “diaconal primacy,” of which he said:

    [It] is above all the expression of a firm desire to imitate Christ, who took on the form of a servant.

    The point being made in this case was equally clear; You exist to serve me.

    Francis continued:

    This theme of a ministerial and curial diaconia reminds me of a phrase in the ancient Didascalia Apostolorum, which states…

    Before we get to the threat that follows, let us stop here for just a moment to ask a question (rhetorical, to be sure):

    Is there any chance that the “diaconal theme” just so happens to remind Francis of something Apostolic, or is it more likely that the exact opposite is true; namely, that he began crafting his message with a very specific point in mind, and then went about searching for a theme from tradition with which to connect it in order to make it sound “Catholic”?

    Returning to where we left off:

    … a phrase in the ancient Didascalia Apostolorum, which states that “the deacon must be the ear and the mouth of the Bishop, his heart and his soul.” For this agreement between the two is linked to communion, harmony and peace in the Church, inasmuch as “the deacon is the guardian of service in the Church”. I do not believe that it is by chance that the ear is the organ of hearing but also of balance; and that the mouth is the organ of both taste and speech.

    Again, I remind you of the atmosphere in which this message was being delivered; the climate of fear. As such, there can be no doubt that his audience – in particular, those who are not on board with his agenda – heard the threat loud and clear:

    There are those among you, my faithful servants, who are my ears, and make no mistake, nothing you say will go unnoticed. What’s more, from their mouth will I receive a report.

    Francis continued:

    Another ancient text adds that deacons are called to be, as it were, the eyes of the Bishop. The eye sees in order to transmit images to the mind, helping it to take decisions and to give direction for the good of the whole body.

    Get it?

    There are those among you, my faithful servants, who are my eyes, and make no mistake, nothing you do will go unnoticed. What’s more, I will “take decisions” as I see fit based upon the reports that I receive.

    Don’t believe it?

    Just ask Cardinal Gerhard Muller, who as head of the CDF was forced by Francis to dismiss two trusted aids who were overheard saying things that displeased the “boss.”

    As if anyone in the Curia needed to hear another word about their duty to serve Dear Leader, Francis added for good measure:

    The relationship that these images suggest is that of communion in filial obedience.

    You will obey…

    At the conclusion to the Address, each of the men in attendance received a small gift; a book, but the most valuable thing that they, and their underlings, received that day was fair warning – Big Humble is watching.

  3. Another look at the Christmas Address to the Curia

    Louie December 27, 2017

    As I wrote last week, the central point of Francis’ Christmas Address to the Roman Curia was nothing less than a stern warning to those who may dare to speak ill of, much less oppose, his agenda; specifically, Big Humble is watching.

    Today, I’d like to highlight some other noteworthy portions of the address, starting with Francis’ Christmas wish:

    May this Christmas open our eyes so that we can abandon what is superfluous, false, malicious and sham, and to see what is essential, true, good and authentic. My best wishes indeed!

    OK, let’s play along.

    Francis treated those in attendance to a lesson in Bergoglian ecclesiology, saying:

    God … establishes the Church to be in the world but not of the world, and to be an instrument of salvation and service.

    In this, those who have had their eyes opened cannot fail to see the deceptive hand of the Evil One at work; he whose modus operandi is to commingle the truth (the Church is in the world but not of the world) with a lie (the Church is simply one instrument of salvation among many).

    Then there is the notion that the Church is in the “service” business (e.g., earthbound service to the poor, the elderly, the earth itself, etc.) separate and apart from the work of salvation.

    But that’s not the only superfluous, false, malicious sham Francis perpetrated that day.

    He went on to speak of the important role played by the Curia in the work of “ecumenical dialogue,” saying:

    It involves a journey, yet, as was also stated by my predecessors, it is an irreversible journey and not a going back.

    Here, the Devil shows his hand yet again by claiming continuity with the teaching of previous popes, while at one and the same time renouncing what previous popes had taught.

    Francis appears to be taking aim specifically at the teaching made clear by Pope Pius XI in Mortalium Animos; namely, that the “journey” toward Christian unity is precisely a matter of heretics and schismatics “going back” to Holy Mother Church:

    For the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it.(Mortalium Animos 10)

    Francis then expanded upon his notion of the “journey” toward Christian unity:

    All the theological and ecclesiological differences that still divide Christians will only be surmounted along this path, although today we do not know how and when, but that it will happen according to what the Holy Spirit will suggest for the good of the Church.

    We don’t know how Christian unity will happen?

    Let me guess, the “God of Surprises” will point the way!

    Francis is providing a text book example of precisely the error Pope Pius XI condemned:

    For authors who favor this view are accustomed, times almost without number, to bring forward these words of Christ: “That they all may be one…. And there shall be one fold and one shepherd,” with this signification however: that Christ Jesus merely expressed a desire and prayer, which still lacks its fulfillment. (Mortalium Animos 7)

    All of that having been said, there is a substantial degree of continuity between Francis and the likes of Popes Paul the Pathetic, John Paul the Great Ecumenist, and Benedict the Abdicator, as each of them would agree with everything he said.

    Francis dished out yet another superfluous, false, malicious sham as it concerns the Church’s relationship with Judaism, Islam and other false religions.

    On this note, he said:

    …dialogue, [is] an authentic expression of our humanity, [it] is not a strategy for achieving specific goals.

    Of what specific goal does he speak?

    C’mon, we all know the answer:

    Baptizing the nations and teaching them everything whatsoever that Our Lord commanded.

    In conclusion, there is one other thing that Francis said that merits comment:

    Here let me allude to another danger: those who betray the trust put in them and profiteer from the Church’s motherhood. I am speaking of persons carefully selected to give a greater vigour to the body and to the reform, but – failing to understand the lofty nature of their responsibility – let themselves be corrupted by ambition or vainglory. Then, when they are quietly sidelined, they wrongly declare themselves martyrs of the system, of a “Pope kept in the dark”, of the “old guard”…, rather than reciting a mea culpa.

    My first thought when I read this last week was that he’s not, as many likely assume, speaking about Cardinal Maradiaga. (We now know that this is very likely true given today’s news from the Vatican.)

    So, who then is he talking about?

    Two men come to mind; Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Gerhard Muller, both of whom have indeed been “sidelined.” And did you notice? Francis thinks they owe him an apology.

    Francis then went on to say:

    Alongside these, there are others who are still working there, to whom all the time in the world is given to get back on the right track, in the hope that they find in the Church’s patience an opportunity for conversion and not for personal advantage.

    In other words, Francis is letting it be known that he is merciful and slow to anger. Don’t laugh. I think he’s serious, and why not? He’s already anointed himself the “God of Surprises.”

    As usual, Francis ended his superfluous, false, malicious sham of an address saying, “Please, pray for me.”

    Yes, let us indulge him by praying for his conversion to the Holy Catholic faith.

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