An Amazing Coinkydink?

Posted by Censor Librorum on Dec 28, 2013 | Categories: Bishops, Humor, Popes

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December 15, 2013:  The week Pope Francis delivers a homily focusing on “A Church That Lacks Prophecy Becomes Filled with Clericalism,” is the same week that arch conservative Cardinal Raymond L. Burke was dumped off the Congregation for Bishops.  He was replaced by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC, a moderate.

An amazing coinkydink?  I don’t think so.

In his homily Pope Francis described the role of the prophet as one who carries within themselves three moments: the promise of the past, contemplation of the present and courage to show the path toward the future. The pope stressed the words of prophets are necessary, although many times they are rejected.

“When there is no prophecy in the people of God,” said Francis, “the void it leaves becomes occupied with clericalism. And it is this clericalism that Jesus asks, ‘With what authority do you do this? With what authority?’ And the memory of the promise and the hope of going forward becomes reduced to only the present: neither the past nor a hopeful future. The present is legal. If it is legal it goes forward,” the pope said.

Concluding his homily, Pope Francis prayed that in these days leading to Christmas, that there may not be a lack of prophets: “Let us not tire of moving forward! Let us not be closed in the legality that closes doors! Lord, free your people from the spirit of clericalism and help them with the spirit of prophecy.”



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3 Responses to “An Amazing Coinkydink?”

  1. Póló Says:

    However, he has now made the hardline Mueller, head of CDF, a Cardinal. Not a good omen.

  2. Censor Librorum Says:

    Yes, too bad. But I was relieved to see Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia was not made a cardinal; nor Bishop William Lori of Baltimore, or Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco–conservative darlings all. I’m sure it was disappointing….at least one of them would have gotten a red hat if Benedict was still pope.

  3. Póló Says:

    Fair enough. But Mueller’s elevation is driving the silenced to despair. Looks like Francis has slammed the door on any accommodation. Back to pre-Vatican II.

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