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What The Pope Doesn't Know

I found this amazing. Somebody sent Father Z. a translation of an interview with Cardinal Meisner.

In it, Cardinal Meisner relays how he directly asked the Pope about his teaching style using interview and short speeches with remarks that need further explanation. Cardinal Meisner relays that the Pope got 'big eyes' and asked for an example.

“At my last meeting with Pope Francis, I had the opportunity to talk very open to him about a lot of things. And I told him that some questions remain unanswered in his style of spreading the gospel through interviews and short speeches, questions which need some extended explanation for people who are not so involved. The pope looked at me “with big eyes” and asked me to give an example. And my response was : During the flight back from Rio you were asked about people who divorced and remarried. And the pope responded frankly: People who are divorced can receive communion, people who are remarried can’t. In the orthodox church you can marry twice. And then he talked about mercy, which, according to my view, is seen in this country only as a surrogate for all human faults. And the pope responded quite bluntly that he’s a son of the church, and he doesn’t proclaim anything else than the teachings of the church. And mercy has to be identical with truth – if not, she doesn’t deserve that name. Furthermore, when there are open theological questions, it’s up to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to give detailed responses“.
As noted by Father Z., the Pope doesn't seem aware of the chaos that followed some of those remarks and the way they were taken by those who are not loyal sons of the Church.

It seems that the Pope takes for granted a deeper understanding of Catholic teaching as the necessary context of his remarks. But many of those in his audience do not have such context and predisposed to reject Church teaching. In short, the Pope doesn't know his audience well.

Further, if the Pope doesn't know his audience, he likely does not know the effect on those Catholics in the trenches who try everyday to bring the truth part of mercy to those who reject such truth.

At the end, I am thankful that the Pope does not intend such things. Hopefully now that it has been brought to his attention, he will include the full truth with mercy in his future answers so as not to be misunderstood.

*subhead*What big eyes you have.*subhead*

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16 comments:

laura said...

Well, that's certainly hopeful of you. One wonders what sort of rock he would need to live under at his age to be oblivious to the world, but his comments on economics do show a certain disconnect with reality.

Mack Hall, HSG said...

I fear the Holy Father will soon guest-host SNL or appear on David Letterman.

The Bones said...

Mack,

I had the same thoughts, that the Pope will appear on some awful TV programme as a guest.

Midday said...

Yes, or be seen in the company of tax collectors, or eating and drinking.



Merry Christmas, everyone!!

Steve Dalton said...

I can't buy the idea that he's so unaware of how his words affect people. He has a history of saying things and doing things in Argentina as bishop that's just as upsetting as his current rep as pope. I don't believe he's that dumb, he doing it deliberately. I'll leave it up to better informed and more in the know Pope watchers to figure out why.

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I don't know what happened but there are multiple comments. I am sorry. I pressed the button once and that was it. Sorry. Peace and God bless.

Katalina said...

While I thought it was a good article in general I find it hard to believe the Pope would not be aware of all the confusion he has and still is causing. Remember the off the cuff remark about spiritual bouquets? One week after his election remember how happy the Cardinal of LA was? Perhaps he and other dissidents knew all this contradictions and purging was coming.

TTC said...

"What big eyes you have".

LOL

Priceless.

tuleesh said...

Hmm...
Well, Pope Francis, or anyone for that matter, deserves the benefit of the doubt at least once. There's no denying the "mess" His Holiness stirs up with his comments sends people running to the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church for verification. And it's a good thing that these books are read and not just seen.

Here's a maybe: there is the possibility that Pope Francis doesn't "see" the Leftism of the press because his own views favor liberal economic policies, and these economic policies are in line with the Leftist press. People much more knowledgeable about these things would know better than I.

However. However, now that the Pope's eyes are "opened," he has no excuse not to practice a little prudence. He's got a Twitter account, for goodness sakes.

John B said...

Laura in the top position said it quite well. That same descriptor is applicable to much of the Church hierarchy, especially regarding economic matters,

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