02 October 2013

Get Ready to "Undress"

This article from La Stampa says the Holy Father will have a big announcement in Assisi this Friday.

An excerpt:

“Just after he was elected Pope I sent him a letter on behalf of the diocese, reminding him that as Bishop of Assisi I live in the place where Francis undressed before a speechless Fr. Pietro di Bernardone eight centuries ago, to free himself entirely for God and for his brothers,” Mgr. Sorrentino said. “Then I spoke to him and reminded him of this and I remember him being really touched by this,” he added.

“So I took the liberty to say to Francis: “So Father, it would be great if among your many other commitments today, you came here at least to say the Our Father, as Francis did 800 years ago.” The Pope’s answer really threw me. He said: “The Our Father? But I want to talk about how the Church should undress and somehow repeat that gesture Francis made and the values inherent in this gesture.”

“We expect the Pope to give us confirmation and indications regarding the lifestyle we try to adopt in order to make the most of the charism God gave us, so that we can be prolific and of service to the entire Church,”Fr. Gambetti said.

Fr. Enzo Fortunato, director of San Francesco Patrono d’Italia magazine, said: “It will be a historical moment.”

I can't wait.


traddadof4 said...

it is clear what the Pope is going for.

He is trying to lead the church back to humility, poverty, etc. I don't have a problem with that per se.

But there are at least two problems:

1) The Pope's own spirit, like the spirit of most 70s priests, is taunting, vindictive, churlish, and haughty. On top of chaotic and undisciplined.
2) The Pope is trying to take the church to that place, on a "shortcut", without the church actually returning to belief and practice. The way to get to the spirit of poverty is through true belief, true submission to the Church, and not by, shall we say, simply "moving into St. Cronin's". Then it becomes just political fashion.

If he is serious about economic reform, the Pope will repeat the churches never-repudiated ban on the taking of *any* interest on a loan. But he won't do that because it would throw a monkey wrench into the modern world, ... to say the least (-:

Also, if "it is not his to judge" it is not his to judge the usurer either. So poor Catholics are expected to give up everything and live like St. Francis, after everything is already been "taken" from them by usury.

Long-Skirts said...

traddadof4 said...

"He is trying to lead the church back to humility, poverty, etc. I don't have a problem with that per se."

I don't either but he's going to have to start telling Roman Catholics to stop committing Mortal sin & keep their marriages open to children and not worry about two incomes or even jobs for "youths".

Anonymous said...

Gives new meaning to "gird your loins" eh?

Anonymous said...

So, what's the 'big news'?