Why I’m thankful to Pope Francis: Typical Missionary of Mercy?

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So, let me count the ways:

  • I’m a Missionary of Mercy. That’s helped many souls. Some are apoplectic that Missionaries of Mercy even exist and even insist that they cannot possibly be real priests. I have never gone against proper canonical sacramental norms. I wonder if those who complain will bear the weight of the sins of those that I have absolved. People should be careful about damning properly given absolutions. It seems to me that they are doing the bidding of Satan.
  • Both cases that go to the heart of the abuse crisis, one policy and one a person, were totally taken on board by Pope Francis when I delivered those cases to him. That’s not nothing.
  • I have learned a bit of humility by being condemned for asking for prayers for Pope, as I would for any Pope, regardless of what people think of him. There is no person on earth who has so much pressure put on him by Satan. And being the leader of 1.3 Billion people and of influence on the others is not nothing.
  • Unlike those who rant about Pope Francis, who are consumed day and night with condemning him, I have learned not to grant so much real estate of my life over to this fellow who lives in Santa Marta. Those who do so are making an idol of him. Why? Does it get them notoriety? Are they heroes because they are “brave.” Pfft. It’s not nothing to learn that Jesus is the One, that Jesus is the only One.
  • I should like to think that I know the faith, that I grow in the faith, in the life of the Church, that is, not just academically, but, as Pope Francis says, on the peripheries, and from the whole of the Body of Christ. Is that wrong? It is not nothing.

To those who are now screaming at their computer screens that I should write a list of the things that I am not thankful for whatsoever, I say that first of all, they should also write a list for what they are thankful about regarding Pope Francis. No, really. Open up a screen on the computer and start writing. You might be surprised at what you come up with on your list.


Filed under Missionaries of Mercy, Pope Francis

3 responses to “Why I’m thankful to Pope Francis: Typical Missionary of Mercy?

  1. Gina Nakagawa

    Pope Francis is the elected Pope. This is part of Christ’s design for His Church. These are difficult and frightening times, but we are required to have Faith, to pray for the Holy Father and to remain calm. God bless you abundantly, Father. You did what is right and just.

  2. nancyv

    ok, ok Father! If I’ve learned one thing from you, it’s “there but for the grace of God go I”. These days I am praying for everyone. I have a most wonderfully boring part-time job that allows me to pray practically all day. And just the other day, I was thinking it is time for me to re-read Jackass for the Hour.

  3. Aussie Mum

    My thoughts on your post Father:
    Re Point 1
    Not all priests were appointed Missionaries of Mercy by Pope Francis but all priests are missionaries of mercy in that they have put aside the things of this world for the Sacrament of Holy Orders and go wherever their bishop sends them to bring God – His Love and Mercy – to the souls subsequently placed in their care. It seems to me, therefore, that appointing Missionaries of Mercy highlighted the importance of the Sacrament of Penance and role of the Catholic priesthood at large, and perhaps brought more to confess their sins and be forgiven. I don’t see how Catholics can object to that.
    Re Point 2
    That Pope Francis acted upon what you delivered to him is good and something else to be grateful for.
    Re Point 3
    No one should condemn you for asking prayers for Pope Francis even though a number of us feel the sting of his insults and he appears to be furthering the persecution of the Catholics in Communist China . Our Lord said “… pray for those who persecute and insult you” (Matt 5:44). Likewise, Our Lady of Fatima called on Catholics to pray and sacrifice to save souls from hell. The pope, and each one of us, needs help to resist temptation, obey God and get to heaven.
    Re Point 4
    It is understandable when Catholics are concerned about certain actions of Pope Francis and others in the hierarchy but going ballistic (ranting etc) doesn’t help anyone.
    Re Point 5
    To “know the faith” and “grow in the faith, in the life of the Church” is, as you say, “not nothing”; it’s being Catholic!
    Re Thankfulness
    Even in very trying circumstances one can always find something to be thankful for because God brings good out of even the most evil of situations.
    At such times as ours it is helpful to remember Gen 3:15. The Church won’t – it can’t – be destroyed!

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