Thursday, April 10, 2014

Holy Father (Pope Francis) Makes Veiled Swipe at President Obama (?)

10 APR 2014.

The Holy Father's daily sermon today seemed to be following the 'traditional' lines, irking traditionalists, talking about the dangers of narrowminded and rigid idealogues.  I was getting ready for his coup de gras to to rain down my swollen head and then, like a bolt-from-the-blue, the Pope tightened his focus and and the target became:  President Obama and government social programs?!!  Perhaps I am reading the following excerpt wrong, but it certainly does contain the catchword  'freedom of conscience' from his one-on-one with the U.S. President. 

“Often rulers say: ‘I have asked for aid, financial support for this,’ ‘But if you want this help, you have to think in this way, and you have to pass this law, and this other law, and this other law,” he said, noting that type of dictatorship “is the same as these people.”
“It takes up stones to stone the freedom of the people, the freedom of the people, their freedom of conscience, the relationship of the people with God. Today Jesus is crucified once again.”

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On another note....I did read that Pope Francis will again be deviating from tradition on Holy Thursday,  this time washing the feet of handicapped people.  I did wonder what would happen this Holy week, given last year's 'splash'.  I pray traditionalists are not baited into expending vinegar and energy condemning this year's choice.  We do have much larger problems!  like, for example, the slow slide away from MSGR Marini's intensely reverent liturgies,  not once a year, like Holy Thursday, but several times a week! 

btw, on another note....what ever happened to that predicted take-over of the CDW by the other Marini, (Piero).  It has been about six months since we were assured by 'reliable sources' that this was inevitable.   

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