Some dissenters have tried to wiggle their way out of obedience to Pope Francis, by arguing that Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation was invalid and, therefore, the latter is actually the legitimate pontiff. Mark Mallet wrote a thorough and interesting refutation of that claim here (WPI’s tripartite series “Was Pope Benedict forced to resign?” may also be helpful and can be found here, here and here.)

Notable Francis apologist Stephen Walford masterfully dissects and analyses Amoris Laetitia once more in an excellent article published in l’Osservatore Romano (scroll down to pages six and seven): “Chapter eight of Amoris Laetitia must be seen not as a rupture — as Pope Francis has now clearly taught — but in total continuity and harmony with past magisterial teaching. How can we be confident this is the case? Firstly, because no doctrine has been tampered with: the indissolubility of marriage remains, the doctrine on mortal sin remains, the horror of sacrilegious reception of Holy Communion remains (…) There can be no rupture when the maternal instincts of Holy Mother Church seek to rescue souls who are genuine in their desire to change, and when this maternal tenderness is manifest in the will of the “sweet Christ on earth”. It is simply not possible.”

In a speech to Italian seminarians, Pope Francis clarifies what he means by clericalism as an evil to be fought by the Church: “Clericalism, my dear ones, is our ugliest perversion. The Lord wants you to be shepherds; shepherds of the people, not clerics of the state.”

Spirit Daily published an excellent article explaining why clericalism is the actual root cause of the abuse crisis in the Church. “The Fall of the Pharisees?“: “And when one looks at the Pharisees, one sees not evil men, but men who had become too enamored of their canonical religiosity and positions, allowing their laws — often ones of minutiae — to assume more importance than what the Bible taught — which is God’s Love and supernaturality. The very word “pharisee,” (…) means set apart, separate, or detached. It has come to mean self-righteous.

Former Prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Müller says in interview to La Stampa, regarding Archbishop Viganò’s charges: “No one has the right to indict the Pope.” Also: “The attacks hurt the credibility of the Church. I am convinced that Francis is doing everything possible against abuses. The American bishops should have sent the texts to Rome earlier

International best-selling author Fr. Tómas Halik’s interview with Filipe d’Avillez: “Pope Francis is starting this new era of the Church, and every time somebody starts something new, such as happened with many saints in History, they found trouble in the Church, they were attacked, but they keep the fidelity to the Church, and I think that the supporters of Pope Francis want, and have the sensitivity, to read the signs of the times

Heartwarming: Pope Francis apologizes in the name of humanity to woman disfigured by acid. Also, Pope Francis gets interrupted by a mute child and takes the opportunity to make a beautiful speech about being child-like in our faith towards Our Father in Heaven.



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Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.

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6 Responses

  1. Marthe Lépine says:

    I would like to thank you, and say that I am impressed by the amount of research and/or the depth of your knowledge that is needed to find such good quotes to post every week, and to provide very useful lists of good and informative articles about Pope Francis.

  2. Anne Lastman says:

    Hi Pedro you might like to check first two lines I think you might mean “the former” pontiff is the legitimate pontiff rather than the “latter”. Just have a look. Anne

    • Pedro Gabriel says:

      I meant “the latter” as in, the last one to be mentioned in the sentence. But I may be wrong, English is not my native language.

  3. jong says:

    When Jesus was about to embrace the Way of the Cross, he purified His followers by preaching a controversial,scandalous and hard teaching in eating His very flesh and blood.This is unacceptable language.But thanks to Peter when Jesus Discourse brought a great Dubia to all, Peter contemplative heart stood tall and prevented the rest of the Apostles from leaving.
    Now, the Church the Mystical Body’s time had arrive for her to embrace its own Way of the Cross as written in CCC675. Pope Francis like Jesus preach a controversial unacceptable language in Amoris Laetetia that sent many Catholic to Dubia. Pope Francis knew that the Church can only climb the Calvary when its members are all Humble & Obedient. Amoris purpose is to divide and separate the Disobedient…
    Now that the battleline is clear, we are nearing the final confrontation.
    Thank you Pope Francis the Luminous Pope or the Bishop Dressed in White, may you be Anointed to Consecrate Russia this coming World Bishop Summit to command the Spirit of Judas or Clericalism that infected the priesthood to leave the Church.
    My Jesus mercy.

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