Monday, March 6, 2017

Pope's civil war at Catholic HQ: Vatican

Conservative Pope Francis, arch supporter of predecessor Pope Benedict [Arnold], in civil war with "conservatives" for the soul of Catholicism (The Guardian via
When Pope Francis was elected nearly four years ago, on March 13, 2013, he was escorted -- like every pope before him -- from the Sistine Chapel to the Room of Tears. 

It is the place where a new pope pauses for a moment -- and no doubt many of them do shed a few tears, thinking of the momentous responsibility upon their shoulders -- before stepping out on to the balcony [of a great rally like Hitler enjoyed of his budding empire in Nuremberg] of St. Peter’s to greet the world as the new leader of the [Holy Roman Empire's Holy] Roman Catholic church.
When Francis, known until then as Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, first appeared that night, he appeared remarkably sanguine, joking that the cardinals had gone to the ends of the Earth to choose the next pope.

If he’d had any inkling of what these last four years would be like [as the Catholic Church got caught again and again molesting helpless Catholic children, raping them, sodomizing them, leading them to homosexuality, alcohol, drugs, pornography, betrayal, and stealing vast quantities from parishioners], he would surely have wept in that Room of Tears.
While hugely popular across the globe with Catholics and non-Catholics alike, Pope [Supreme Father] Francis has struggled against fierce opposition from the Vatican establishment to haul the Roman Catholic church into the 21st century, fought to reform its government, tried to persuade cardinals to revise their thinking on the divorced and remarried, and been openly opposed by rebel prelates.
Last week marked the start of Lent, one of the most important periods of the church’s calendar, a time when Catholics fast, give alms [or simply keep giving to their local parish, where a portion of the proceeds goes straight to the Vatican to be stolen], and reflect on humanity’s sinfulness in the run-up to their commemoration of the [guilt- and anxiety-inducing] crucifixion and of Easter.

It is usually marked by quiet prayerfulness, and on Sunday the pope, along with members of the Roman Curia, or governing body, will leave Rome to begin a five-day retreat. He will leave a Vatican beset by tension, turmoil, and rebellion. There are even rumors that growing numbers of Vatican hands think he should quit.
On Ash Wednesday [March 1, 2017], the first day of Lent, came a big blow, in effect caused by the pope’s enemies: Marie Collins, the last child sexual abuse [a nice way of saying she was raped by a priest protected by the church when she was a Catholic child of 14 years old] survivor on his commission into child [rape] abuse in the church, quit, frustrated at the lack of progress and what she calls “shameful lack of cooperation” from the officials most concerned with cases of abuse, highlighting the intransigence of the Roman Curia in the Vatican -- the body Pope Francis wants to reform.
With Collins gone from the Commission for the Protection of Minors [from our sexual abuse, rape, molestation, homosexual advances, and harassment], set up by the pope to investigate the worldwide scandal of sexual abuse by priests and religious brothers [monks and nuns], and the other victim representative, the Briton Peter Saunders, on indefinite leave of absence [having left because of lip service with no actual change], the commission has lost a certain integrity. More

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