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PopeWatch: Saint Raymond Nonnatus

VATICAN-POPE-AUDIENCE

 

 

It seems that whenever the Pope is on an airplane and reporters are present, disaster beckons.

 

Francis surprised reporters on the papal plane on Sunday by recounting an anecdote about how he had once asked a mother who had seven children by caesarian section and was pregnant with her eighth if she wanted to “leave behind seven young orphans”.

“She said, ‘I trust in God.’ But God gave us the means to be responsible,” Francis said. “Some think — and excuse the term — that to be good Catholics, they must be like rabbits.”

The Pope did his best to repair the damage his remarks caused, but PopeWatch would suggest that when he recalls this incident he also recall Saint Raymond Nonnatus.  Patron saint of midwives, Saint Raymond’s mother died giving him birth in 1204 and he was rescued by a caesarian section, hence his name “nonnatus” “not born”.  When a missionary in North Africa, a local ruler padlocked his lips so that he could not preach.  Hence he is the patron saint of silence.  Saint Raymond, please intercede with God so that He may enlighten the Pope to the wisdom and grace of silence.  Especially when reporters are present!

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

8 Comments

  1. Is there any area of anyone’s life he doesn’t feel qualified to weigh in on? Far, far from humble.

  2. Father of seven: “Is there any area of anyone’s life he doesn’t feel qualified to weigh in on? Far, far from humble.”
    Peter Kreeft said that nowhere in the Bible does Jesus tell us to love humanity. Jesus tells us to love our neighbor. Pope Francis loves humanity, the U.N., social Justice, but he treats with contempt the woman with whom he is with.
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    The child was listening and heard Pope Francis insult his mother. Can’t wait for the child to become an adult. and when the child meets Pope Francis in heaven, Pope Francis will have to answer for bearing false witness against the child’s parents. “Who am I to judge?”

  3. Don’t be so critical of the words that come from the current “Peter.” His words are well influenced by Christ.

  4. Brian Flatley SR: “Don’t be so critical of the words that come from the current “Peter.” His words are well influenced by Christ.”
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    I am sure that there may be one of Pope Francis’ words influenced by Christ. Find it for me will you.

  5. Perhaps rabbits acquired a reputation for being exceedingly prolific, when introduced to Australia absent predators they attained great numbers. We are not so fortunate, especially in various quarters.

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