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PopeWatch: Taking It

 

 

For a Pope who dishes out insults readily to those who have the temerity to differ from him, Pope Francis seems remarkably sensitive to insults aimed at him:

 

Pope Francis on Sunday criticised the everyday use of “insults”, an apparent reference to anonymous attacks he has faced over the last week in Rome.

In his weekly Angelus address, Francis highlighted Jesus’ commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” saying the edict applied not only to actual homicide, “but also to those behaviours which offend the dignity of the human person, including insulting words.”

“Certainly, these injurious words do not have the same gravity and do not lead to the same verdict of guilt as homicide, but they are placed on the same level because they are the premise of more serious acts and reveal the same malevolence,” he said.

Francis may have been referring to criticism he has received this past week, as well as tensions over the manoeuvring of conservatives opposed to his reforms of Church teaching and governance.

“We are used to insults,” he said. “It is like saying, ‘Good morning’.”

But “who insults his brother kills that brother in his heart,” the pontiff added.

Go here to read the rest.  Self-absorbed promethean neo-pelagians are bleakly amused.

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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. Was it an insult when the leader of the Catholic Church quipped; “What’s a matter, are your hands stuck together?”
    An altar boy probably thought it an insult coming from a Pope.

    The old adage applies. “If ya can dish it out be ready to take it.”

  2. It’s humbling – even terrifying – that a person can devote himself to the service of God and live so long without knowing his own weaknesses.

  3. So PF is rewriting the examination of conscience? Used to be curses and insults came under other commandments. His commentary could be stretch in many different ways. Some will think that he is giving the green light to crimes of passion/feuds in raising insults to a higher level. Is he also saying to insult him is a mortal sin? As a local in my neck of the woods would say, “He generates much confusement.”

  4. Those of you who are afraid the pope is making the Catholic Church into a Protestant church–Have a point in many areas. However, it will have to be a liberal Protestant church–maybe even along the lines of those that accept members of all faiths & no faith s.a. Atheists. I was a very conservative Protestant before becoming a very conservative Catholic. My conservative friends in the Protestant churches would NEVER join the type of “Catholic” church that the pope wishes to build. It is down right emabarrasing to read on social media my conservative Protestant friends’ horror over the pope’s last banishment of a sound Catholic Bishop or one of the pope’s latest anti-Catholic pro increments. *long sigh*.

  5. “insult to tell Jorge Bergoglio the truth?”

    I am constantly finding that those on the Left claim offense for a multitude of reasons on of which is as an excuse to claim “higher ground” or a moral superiority to those with whom the Left disagree. And the pope is a Leftist.

    I have taken to telling people that stating the truth is not offensive unless the truth shoes them in a bad light. I also tell them that just because They choose to be offended doesn’t mean that I choose to take responsibility for their offense.

    The Left is quite adept at taking offense yet could care less if they give offense or cause others damage.

    I’m with Rush Limbaugh. He says there is no compromise with the Left. We must simply defeat the Left. May it be so.

  6. To Christian Teacher: your comments remind me of the damage done by Liberal Catholics in the wake of Vatican II who drove ,many Catholics into Conservative protestant Churches.

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