Wednesday, December 18, 2013

BEING POPE DOES HAVE ITS PRIVILEGES


Pope Francis on Tuesday announced the canonization of Pierre Favre, a 16th century Jesuit priest who is often dubbed the "second Jesuit" for being the first priest who joined the Society of Jesus after its founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
The move, which bypasses standard Vatican protocol for establishing new saints, is called an "equivalent canonization," and usually done for church figures who are already widely recognized and have partially gone through the process of becoming a saint but never completed it. Favre, or Peter Faber, was beatified by the church on September 5, 1872. (SOURCE and more info)

Naming a Jesuit Saint via "equivalent canonization" is the least controversial move the Holy Father has made this week considering the shake up in the Curia. Arch-conservatives/traditionalists Burke and Rigali are out of the VERY influential Congregation for Bishops.  Of course Cardinal Ray is still head of the Apostolic Signatura (as if anyone in the real world has any freaking clue what THAT JOB entails) an ideal post for someone with their sphincter clenched as tight as His Eminence.  Of note the Signatura handles "
conflicts of competence between tribunals which are not subject to the same appellate tribunal."   I am certain there are MANY instances of "conflicts of competence" throughout the ENTIRE Curia, but Pope Francis seems quite focused on correcting this.  BRAVO!  I say.  Long live Pope Francis! 

Now am I happy with all of the Pope's choices?  No. Not at all. I've always thought Wuerl to be a total brown nosing twit.  But, that's my opinion. I'm not privy to the information the Holy Father has, so in his own words, "who am I to judge?" 

10 comments:

  1. Unfortunately with Burke, Bagnosco and Piacenzza all off that congregation and Wuerly Bird on, im afraid we will be back to the same ol same ol. It'll be Rochester, Albany, and God HELP US! Los Angelus, all over again! I guess Pope Frank thinks that, at least for the U.S., we need to have the churches COMPLETELY empty. Nice. Then the whole region will be spritually and sacramentally equivalent to the nearest slum of the "favella" in Argentina! But hey, we need some more Mahoneys, Hubbards,, and Jelly-Rolls.

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    1. Oh who cares! That's not what Christianity consists of anyway, whining about politics.

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  2. Hee. Papa gave himself a birthday present (Favre's canonization) and American Catholics an early Christmas present (Burke's removal). And I'm not sure what the Signatura does; I think they hear annulment appeals. Whatever it is, it sure doesn't seem like it keeps him busy enough because he seems to spend most of his time receiving accolades from his traditionalist fans and purchasing cappa magnas. Perhaps we should ask Francis to give him some additional duties. Spending time with Don Konrad on his missions of mercy, serving meals to the homeless, and scrubbing pots and pans for the nuns afterwards might provide Burke with a much needed attitude adjustment.

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    1. Yes, well it was probably wearing the living room drapes that did it. Do these people have any glimmer of an idea how ridiculous they look to about 99% of the world?

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  3. Oh yes! Because we all know how GREAT of an attitude Weurl has, especially fir The Peeeeeeeeeople. Give me a break!
    Fir all this talk about pastoral bishops Burke, whom I know personally, is the ONLY bishop who I haven't had to make an appointment to meet, or to go through some chancery rat. he is a man who answers his own phone and actually cares about the PEOPLE, unlike most other bishops I've known.

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    1. I don't think that most of the "peasants" in St. Louis agree with you, especially the one parish he completely excommunicated. I also highly doubt that Burke was roaming the streets of St. Louis and helping the homeless on a regular basis or taking public transportation like Bergoglio did in Buenos Aires. But there are bunches of conservative Catholics who care more about bomb throwing than pastoral care and are willing to shill for the guy. And yes, Wuerl is a brown-noser as Father D mentioned above, but at least he doesn't go out of his way to create controversy.

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    2. Oh yes, because we all KNOW that riding the bus, aside from making him KEWL, makes him a stand up guy and saint! I wonder if Pinocchio Masses and having the Tango danced in front of the altar makes him even KEWLER?
      He rode a bus. B.F.D. He rides a ford now, I guess, B.B.F.D. St. Pius X rode a donkey when he was Patriarch of Venice, and I imagine a BOAT TOO! Maybe Frank should do that too? Afterall, animals and stuff. I'm sorry, but I am absolutely SICKENED by everyone being orgasmic over what Francis DOESN'T do and wear just as much as I am about people who make a big to do about what Burke does wear(and that's to folks on either si

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    3. Oh please. How is any of this Christian?

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    4. There is lashing out going on. And yes, I think that a bishop celebrating Mass with people rather than lording over them is kewl. A bishop who has simple lifestyle and spends time ministering to poor people is also kewl. A bishop who dresses and acts like the Ye Olde Sovereign of St Louis is not kewl.

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  4. Pope Francis dismisses a priest from the clerical state, and Cardinal Burke places a parish under interdict. Canonical sanctions do exist in the Church and both of these hierarchs have used them.

    Cardinal Burke's wearing of the cappa magna might be odd to some people, but then again, wearing ancient Roman clothing to perform a religious act (I am thinking here about the chasuble and alb) might be considered odd as well to some people. I was always taught not to judge people based on their clothing ...

    Pope Francis ministers personally to the poor. Glory be to God. Cardinal Burke answers his phone. Glory be to God.

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