Francis visits Genoa, Italy…
Chaos Frank warns of ‘Google and Wikipedia Priests’, ‘Crows that will Eat your Eyes’
This is how Francis likes it: himself in the spotlight, talking
Francis spent all day in Genoa today, and there he did plenty of what he loves to do most: talk.
Describing it as an “intense 1-day apostolic visit”, Vatican Radio lists its six major events as follows (videos are linked):
- A meeting with the “world of labour”;
- Another with the Bishops, priests, seminarians, and religious of Liguria, along with lay curial collaborators and representatives of other religious confessions at the Cathedral of San Lorenzo;
- An encounter with young people attached to the Diocesan Mission at the Marian Sanctuary of the Madonna della Guardia;
- Lunch at the sanctuary with a number of poor and homeless persons, refugees, and prisoners;
- A moment with children from the various departments of the Giannina Gaslini Pediatric Hospital;
- Solemn Mass at the Piazzale Kennedy named for the first Catholic President of the United States.
During the meeting with clergy and laity of the Liguria region (second item in the list above), he participated in a Q&A session, in which he spoke off-the-cuff and at some length, glorying in his typical eccentric rhetoric. Vatican Insider summed it up thus:
Heads of seminar[ie]s, “drive out the seminarians who gossip otherwise you’ll be “raising crows that will eat your eyes.” Be wary of the priests “who know everything” and that children might call “Google and Wikipedia priests” because they are harmful, as well as those “entrepreneurs” who are not open to God’s surprises[,] Pope Francis said this morning, May 27 2017, in the cathedral of San Lorenzo, where he met with the Bishops of Liguria, clergy, seminarians and religious of the region, lay curial collaborators and representatives of other religious confessions in the second stage of his visit to Genoa. The Pontiff quoted Cardinal Giovanni Canestri: “The Church is like a river, the important thing is to be in that river.”
(Domenico Agasso, Jr., “No to Google and Wikipedia Priests”, Vatican Insider, May 27, 2017)
The existentialist tripe of Jorge Bergoglio, who is still accepted by most people in the world as the Pope of the Catholic Church, is simply insufferable. In his response to a question asked by a Novus Ordo nun, the “Pope” used the word “concrete” (and its derivates) as many as 15 times, putting out such brilliant statements as, “Thinking of universality without concreteness will lead to self-referentiality.”
The full transcript of Francis’ Q&A session with the clergy of the Liguria region can be accessed here. Other Bergoglian “highlights” include the following:
What we should fear the most is to live a static life. That of a priest who has everything sorted out, everything in order, well structured and at its place. I am afraid of the static priest, the ones who are static even during prayer… only from this time to that time. But wouldn’t you like to spend an extra hour with our Lord? Such a structured life is not a Christian life. Maybe that pastor is a good businessman, but is he a Christian? Or does he live as a Christian? He is celebrating Mass, but how? As a Christian or as a businessman? Jesus has always been a man on the road, walking, open to the surprises of God, instead a priest who has all planned, everything structured and sorted out, is generally closed to the surprises of God, and the joyful surprise of the encounter is lost. The Lord will surprise you when you least expect him but you must be open. Do not be afraid of the tension we are bound to live, we are on the road, in the street, and this is how the world is. An educator, a parent, a priest is exposed to this tension; a loving heart is always exposed to this kind of tension.
Those all enamored with Francis’ “surprises of God” should keep in mind that not all divine surprises are positive: “Have in mind therefore in what manner thou hast received and heard: and observe, and do penance. If then thou shalt not watch, I will come to thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know at what hour I will come to thee” (Apoc 3:3). The greatest possible evil that could befall a soul is to wake up one day and find itself in hell — surprise!
The fact that Francis implicitly advertised his favorite ecumenism-of-blood heresy again today is hardly worth mentioning anymore, although it is curious that he asked people to pray for the souls of the people he referred to as “martyrs”. Genuine martyrs are not in need of prayer, since their martyrdom has washed away all temporal punishment due to their sins, and they are admitted to Heaven at once. Why, then, the prayer? Are they martyrs or are they not, according to Mr. Bergoglio?
The transcripts of all of Francis’ speeches in Genoa are not all available yet, at least not in English, but we can expect a few more whoppers or oddities as they are par for the course for the man we have aptly nicknamed “Chaos Frank.”
At least until then, perhaps Francis could do everyone a big favor and just SHUT UP!