Pope Francis and… Jesus

How’s your Italian? Pope Francis spent his whole homily on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul talking about Jesus and us getting closer to Jesus by receiving His forgiveness for our sins. Stunning, really. There was no ambiguous reference to non-repentance or half-hearted conversion as a process, meaningless accompaniment, blah blah blah… No. Just receiving a proper absolution and walking in friendship with Jesus.

That continued in the Angelus message:

I mentioned this to another priest and he said that if I say anything good about Pope Francis I will be dumped by any followers and dumped on as I have been when I say that I’m standing in solidarity with Pope Francis by saying that I’m going to continue praying for him. He’s always asking for our prayers. Anyone in his position as successor of Peter needs our prayers. Does that mean that we agree with everything he says about anything everywhere all the time? No.

But people are really maliciously stupid about this. Jesus says that He prayed for Peter that his faith might not fail. Jesus also called Peter “Satan”. Peter did deny Jesus. Three times. Are we to say that Jesus is stupid for praying for Peter that when Peter turns he is to confirm his brethren in the faith? No. But people effectively do this, becoming themselves agents of Satan over against Jesus. Don’t do that. Pray for the successor of now Saint Peter. Get it?

Hail Mary x 3.


Filed under Jesus, Pope Francis

5 responses to “Pope Francis and… Jesus

  1. Does this priest skip the part about praying for our pope during Mass so as not to “offend” his parishioners? How sad that he does not get it!

    • Father George David Byers

      He’s a good priest. He was just commiserating in advance because he knows that’s how it can be.

  2. fms81

    Well said, Father George.

  3. Joisy Goil

    Jesus said, ‘judge not lest ye be judged’. Wow! I’d say that alone would be the best reason to give the Pope the benefit of the doubt.
    Also, knowing, as we do, how the false media hates God and anything to do with God or anyone who believes in God, it is easy to see that maybe we aren’t getting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in their reporting. We should all pray for Pope Francis and remember that as important as he may be – it is still all about Jesus, not his representatives on earth. Jesus I trust in you!
    I never thought I would see the day when all authority (from the Almighty on down) is disrespected, mocked and questioned.

  4. nancyv

    Thanks for reminding us Father…of many things!

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