Breaking point, here we come!
Prominent Novus Ordo Priest on Francis:
“We Can’t Wait for Him to Die”
The British journalist Andrew Brown published a lengthy article written for The Guardian this past Friday: “The War Against Pope Francis” is the title, and it’s a mostly descriptive piece trying to give an overview of what the mess over “Pope” Francis and especially Amoris Laetitia within the Vatican II Sect is all about. Although it is evident that the writer is by no means a Catholic and his write-up reflects the usual liberal attitude against the Catholic Church, it is at least not overly hostile.
A few things ought to be said, however, about the opening paragraphs. This is how the author begins:
Pope Francis is one of the most hated men in the world today. Those who hate him most are not atheists, or protestants, or Muslims, but some of his own followers. Outside the church he is hugely popular as a figure of almost ostentatious modesty and humility. From the moment that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became pope in 2013, his gestures caught the world’s imagination: the new pope drove a Fiat, carried his own bags and settled his own bills in hotels; he asked, of gay people, “Who am I to judge?” and washed the feet of Muslim women refugees.
(Andrew Brown, “The War Against Pope Francis”, The Guardian, Oct. 27, 2017)
What is apparently a great irony to Mr. Brown — to wit, that the “Pope’s” enemies should be those inside the Church, not those outside — is quickly resolved in the explanation the author himself gives: Francis is disliked by “some of his own followers” precisely because “he is hugely popular” in the eyes of all the wrong people, that is, those who are clearly not Catholics: atheists, Protestants, Muslims, etc. And why is he popular with them? Because they have all just found their love for Catholicism? No, but because he is so obviously not Catholic that he appeals to everyone except Catholics.
Brown has no idea how right he is to associate the word “ostentatious” with Francis. That is exactly what his “modesty and humility” is all about.
So he drives a Fiat! That’s right — he decided to forego the “expensive” Mercedes the Vatican had received as a gift because he wanted to look humble.
So he carried his own bag up the steps of an airplane. Incredible! Did you also know that he did that entirely for show? The bag had already been put on his plane, and he demanded it be brought back down again so he could be seen walking up the steps carrying his own bag.
Paying one’s bills is a matter of justice and in the case of anyone else would have been done discreetly by means of a third party. But that’s not good enough for Francis, of course. He did it in person because he wanted to be seen paying his hotel bill — and talked about, of course.
One of the characteristics of true humility is not attracting attention. That’s not exactly a description of Francis, is it? Trying to be singular is a sign of pride, not of humility. We call it “The Francis Show” and “‘Humility’ on Display” for a reason, folks.
Back to Mr. Brown’s article. The most explosive part is found in the second paragraph:
But within the church, Francis has provoked a ferocious backlash from conservatives who fear that this [Bergoglian] spirit will divide the church, and could even shatter it. This summer, one prominent English priest said to me: “We can’t wait for him to die. It’s unprintable what we say in private. Whenever two priests meet, they talk about how awful Bergoglio is … he’s like Caligula: if he had a horse, he’d make him cardinal.” Of course, after 10 minutes of fluent complaint, he added: “You mustn’t print any of this, or I’ll be sacked.”
Later in the article, this same “priest” is quoted again:
“The Pope has never said anything nice about priests,” said the priest who can’t wait for him to die. “He’s an anti-clerical Jesuit. I remember that from the 70s. They’d say: ‘Don’t call me Father, call me Gerry’ – that crap – and we, the downtrodden parish clergy, feel the ground has been cut from under our feet.”
It’s a pity that this “prominent English priest” is not mentioned by name, but the report is entirely credible. Here at Novus Ordo Watch, we heard the same thing earlier this year, from a somewhat prominent Novus Ordo layman in the United States: “Everyone is praying for him to die.”
Not we sedevacantists. He’s the best advertisement for the truth of our position we’ve ever had. Ad multos annos!
Francis will turn 81 on December 17. Although he only has one lung and seems exhausted at times, it will probably be a few more years still before he is called to render an account before the Divine Judge, something he thinks will be a big hugfest. That would be enough time for him to repent and do penance, which we can only pray he will do — but it would also be enough time for him to cause even greater damage to the hapless flock that believes this blaspheming apostate to be the Vicar of Christ.