A different viewpoint – Bishop Gracida on the FFI situation

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Bishop Rene Gracida is an inspiration to me. The man is right around 90 years old, yet his mind is clear as a bell and his comments always Hist16Linsightful.  I frequent his blog regularly.  He has a post with his own thoughts on the situation with the Franciscans of the Immaculate, and also posts some text from an interview Pope Francis gave to a Russian news agency, which does have bearing on the Liturgy in the Latin Rite.  I continue to pray for Bishop Gracida’s health, he is a very valuable source of information and views, and possibly the most orthodox bishop in the United States right now (if retired!):

I first read Sandro Magister’s column printed below and I was shocked.  I seemed as though Pope Francis was possibly going to undo all that Pope Benedict had achieved with his motu proprio,  Summorum Pontificum, in which he decreed the freedom of everyone to celebrate…

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Benedict, Francis, And Gays

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His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Pays A State Visit To The UK - Day 2

Ross contributes to the debate today, making roughly the same argument as I have but stressing more firmly that there is no actual doctrinal change (and even, according to Ross, no change in the blanket discrimination against gay seminarians). Juan Cole is even more dismissive:

[I]t seems to me that Pope Francis is just saying what many evangelicals say– hate the sin, love the sinner, celibate gays are welcome in the congregation, etc. And he’s putting a further precondition on acceptance, that gays not band together as a pressure group. So they have to be celibate and seen but not heard, sort of like children.

But both Cole and Douthat note a very different change in tone from Benedict’s stern strictures about “objective disorders” to Francis’ expansive “They are our brothers.” So the question becomes: does this tone mean something substantive in the life of the church? Or is…

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‘Pontifex’ Succumbs to the Roman Gay Lobby

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The whole head is sick
(Is. 1.5)

Although denying that there is in the Vatican a gay lobby among the higher hierarchy, the contradictions made by the ‘Pontifex’ in the plane on his way back to Rome clearly indicate what really made Pope Benedict XVI, who issued a document stating that “men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies” should not be made presbyters, to resign from the ‘presidency’ of the Neo-Catholic [Dis-]Order – the mock-Catholic-Church (cf., our post “The Year 1929“) bred by the non-militant civic-progressist (the ‘Enlightened Liberalist’ fraternity of the Feemasons, cf., our post “A Perilous ‘Catholic’ Voyage“) and the savagely militant (the Communists) dummies of the Synagogue of Satan (Apoc. II.9; III.9), cf., our post “Anti-Christian Conspiracy – Scriptural Truth and Historical Fact“. When something self-contradicts* itself, it does not really stand on the Truth for there can never be even…

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