Priest wishes ‘quick death’ for Pope Francis

Priest wishes quick death for Pope Francis

Priest publicly wishes for Pope Francis’ quick death because of his views on immigration and Islam

Posted 12:32 pm, March 20, 2018, by CNN Wires, Updated at 12:31PM, March 20, 2018

A Catholic priest from Poland is facing rebuke after calling Pope Francis a “foreign body” in the church and implying the Pope should pass away soon if his views on refugees and non-Christian beliefs don’t change.

“I pray for wisdom for the pope, for his heart to open up to the Holy Spirit. And if he does not do that, I pray for his quick departure to the House of the Father,” Father Edward Staniek said during a homily in Krakow last month, according to an English transcription of his words.

“I can always ask God for a happy death for him, because a happy death is a great grace,” he said.

During the homily, the prominent priest and theologian also took issue with some of the Pope’s more liberal ideas on immigration, divorce and Islam.

Of Muslims, Staniek said there is “no way to dialogue with them.”

“In the name of mercy, [Pope Francis] calls parishes and dioceses to open the door for the followers of Islam,” he said during his homily. “As a religion, they are hostile to the Gospel and the Church. They murdered millions in religious wars…We can show mercy to those Muslim believers who are dying of hunger or thirst. The doors of the diocese and the parish may be open only to believers in Jesus Christ.”

Staniek’s words were censured by the Archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jedraszewski.

“It is with great pain and sorrow that I have heard of the remarks about Father Francis by Fr. prof. Edward Staniek during his homily at The Church of the Felician Sisters in Krakow. I raised this matter during my personal conversation with him,” the statement reads.

By AJ Willingham, CNN

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4 comments on “Priest wishes ‘quick death’ for Pope Francis

  1. While he is correct in what disturbs him, this priest does need a break from the news. A little retreat time wouldn’t hurt.
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    Many feel equally outraged by Francis but no one, especially a priest, should be clamoring in public for His Humbleness’ taking a dirt nap according to one’s own preferred time schedule. The Boanerges Brothers were put in their place by Our Lord for a similar outburst…

  2. I note that Bp. Jedraszewski did not say anything about the priest’s reason, just about his prescription. Which wouldn’t change the inevitability of another wild psycho-pope successor, anyway. Looks to me like the wingnuts in the College of Cardinals have things nailed down for some time to come. The Filipino lib or even Cupich may end up the next winner of the Progressive/Subversive College’s beauty contest, next time out.

  3. Dorothy Cummings McLean
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    Priest on Francis: ‘I pray for his swift departure’ to heaven if he rejects God’s wisdom
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    KRAKOW, Poland, March 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A leading priest in Poland is making headlines after saying from the pulpit that he prays Pope Francis will die if he doesn’t do the will of the Holy Spirit.
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    Father Edward Staniek, 77, is a patristics scholar and rector of the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Kraków from 1993 until 2001. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1965 by Karol Wojtyła, now known as Pope Saint John Paul II, and has authored over 40 theological or catechetical books.
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    In his now-famous homily, given in Kraków on February 25, Father Staniek said that he prays for Pope Francis to receive wisdom, and insisted that the pope’s authority derives solely from obedience to Jesus Christ.
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    “I pray for wisdom for the pope, for his heart to open to the influence of the Holy Spirit, and if he doesn’t do [His will], I pray for his swift departure to the house of the Father,” he said. “We can always ask God for a happy death for him because a happy death is a great grace.”
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    Authority and not power
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    According to Polonia Christiana, a central theme of Staniek’s sermon was that authority in the Church and mere leadership in the Church are two different things.
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    “Who is the biggest authority for me? Is it Jesus?” asked the priest. He explained that authority is respect for someone reliable, someone who deserves trust for some reason, like being a specialist in a given field. However, authority is deserved only by those who are responsible.
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    “Respect for such an [authoritative] person results in his opinion being important. The foundation of authority is a person’s responsibility,” the theologian said.
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    “My God is [Himself] responsibility,” Staniek continued, “and He makes me in His image and likeness. He is Authority. And I have to be an authority that is 100% responsible for his words, thoughts and actions.”
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    Father Staniek warned against automatic assumptions that professional churchmen are authorities. He included the pope, the cardinals, bishops, and parish priests among those who might be powerful but not authoritative. Being able to give orders doesn’t mean that someone has true authority, Staniek explained. Meanwhile, the one-and-only authority in the church is Jesus.
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    “You cannot be given [real] authority,” the priest said, “you can [only] grow up into it. The only authority in the Church is Jesus. Not the pope, not the hierarchy… It’s Jesus. And the Church lives on the basis of His authority. Whoever in the Church … acts like Jesus, then this person is radiating with His authority. A high position gives power but not authority.”
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    Two “erroneous” interpretations of Christ’s mercy
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    The priest then gave his opinion that Pope Francis departs from Jesus by making two erroneous interpretations of Christ’s mercy. According to Staniek, Francis is wrong both to order churches and dioceses to invite Muslims in and to encourage people in mortal sin to receive Holy Communion.
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    “In the name of mercy [Francis] calls for parishes and dioceses to open the doors to Islam,” he said. “[This is] a religion that is hostile towards the Gospel and the Church. In religious wars they have killed millions.”
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    Alluding to the victory of the Polish king Jan Sobieski III over the Ottoman Empire, Staniek said that the Poles understood Islam better than others.
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    “We, the Poles … understand better than others that there is no option of having a normal dialogue with them. We can show mercy to Muslims who are starving to death. The doors of dioceses and parishes we open only for those who believe in Jesus Christ,” he said.
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    “The second instance of wrongly interpreting mercy is opening the doors to Holy Mass, the Holy Sacrament, for people who choose sin as their world. They can receive the Eucharist on the condition that they convert and atone for their sin. He who knows the holiness of communion prefers to kneel before the [Blessed Sacrament] and beat his breast [and say] ‘have mercy upon me a sinner’ than stretch out his hands or tongue for the Holy Bread.”
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    The priest said that true mercy is urging serious sinners to repentance, not admitting them to Holy Communion.
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    “For the unholy, it is as deadly a food as it is a sacrilege,” Staniek said. “Allowing [hardened sinners] in Church to take part in the sacred is a profanation of the sacraments.”
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    “What is the pope’s motive? I don’t know,” he continued. “What is the point of his [controversial] statements? I don’t know this either. I know how these speeches are used by the media, who aim at destroying Jesus Christ and His Church.”
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    Then Staniek dropped the bombshell now being belatedly heard around the world.
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    “I pray for wisdom for the pope, for his heart to open to the influence of the Holy Spirit, and if he doesn’t do [His will], I pray for his swift departure to the house of the Father,” he said. “We can always ask God for a happy death for him because a happy death is a great grace.”
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    Alluding to the Gospel of the day, which told of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Staniek suggested that it is by no means certain that Pope Francis, though powerful, partakes in Christ’s authority.
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    “The Church of Christ is not built on power”
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    “If the pope doesn’t listen to Jesus on Mount Tabor, he doesn’t take part in His authority. The Church of Christ is not built on power. It’s built on authority. Whosoever values power over authority is a foreign body in Christ’s Church. Let’s listen to Jesus as his Father told us to do on Mount Tabor.”
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  4. Fr. Staniek makes some but not complete sense, God bless him. His heart’s in the right place, pretty much, but he needs to make certain distinctions.
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    Papal power is plenipotent – period, Padre. (He can look it up in Ott or any other sound manual from 1870-1958).
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    That is the risk God takes, so to speak. He no more imposes His will on purpled papal people pickers than He does upon anyone else. Free will means just that.
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    Of course, if a lunatic is elected pope, as we see today and for at least the second time in the past 1,000 years, good Catholics should know what to do. Bad Catholics will just rejoice.

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