Facing the upcoming canonizations, the trad world pretty much feels like it's Holy Week all over again. In "The Last Pope-King", Sandro Magister states firmly that Francis wanted John XXIII canonized with JP II to balance his profile with a softer, more merciful one. Magister leads the piece with a statement about Francis (the "humble pope") diminishing the office of the papacy and making it all about himself. The rest of the report bears this out with example after example of his tyrannical approach, including the approval of six "saints" without miracles.
Like Bats. In what has come to be the typical Bergoglian insistence on the "joy" of the Gospel, putative Pope Francis, in his homily yesterday went so far as to chastise the Apostles for feeling fear instead of joy when they beheld the risen Lord (as if the sudden appearance of a transfigured and glorified God-man should be a natural occasion for hilarity). He goes on to call this a "Christian disease."
She's not a sedevacantist, but at least elephants are not invisible to her. Hilary Jane Margaret White takes Fr. Ray Blake to task for not being able to see the elephant in the room in this brief Orwell's Picnic piece regarding Francis' latest telephone call. And in "Bad Men Can't Unmake the Real," she delivers the knockout punch. The pope is not the faith. That the Bones You Have Crushed takes the same telephone incident and looks at it from the angle of the Real Presence in "A Little Bread and Wine does No Harm."
One wonders which is worse, the phone calls where nothing can be proven, or the writing, like Evangelii Gaudium, that can be. In any case, on Easter Sunday, Loyola Press published The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church, a collection of Francis’ speeches, sermons, and writings since the inception of his pontificate. Undoubtedly containing the same Social Gospel as his Easter address writ large, this slim volume seems to be mainly a publishing and propaganda effort to capitalize on the popularity Francis has garnered in certain chic social circles (e.g. his Time and Rolling Stone cover appearances). The gushing editorial reviews on the book’s Amazon page leave no doubt as to the caliber and attitude of the person who is enthralled by such offerings. For instance, Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M. writes: “What did we do to deserve such a man as Pope Francis? Every day the world drops its jaw in wonder at the work of art that is Jorge Mario Bergoglio.”
What did you do to deserve him? One shudders to think, Father.