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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Father Anonymous

I am a Catholic priest. Sadly, I must remain anonymous out of fear. What Fr. Weinandy has written is truth. I’m quite certain that thousands and thousands of my brother priests feel the same way and are very concerned with Pope Francis. We pray for him, love his office, and want what’s best for him. Yet this pontificate is the most uninspiring thing to happen during our priestly lives. How do I know this? Because many of us talk about it with each other. Yet we are scared of retaliation if we share this with our bishops, religious superiors, or our ‘papa’. We feel like we are living in a household with an abusive father who needs an intervention but we fear he will beat us. We are trapped. We love Jesus, His Church, and the papacy so much that we are very hesitant to speak publicly about our concerns with Pope Francis. We are suffering greatly. Pray for us! We pray for better days. Days of clarity, truth, and zeal for God’s house. Those days will come again.

Anonymous Priest in the Comboxes of Catholic World Report-Go here  to read the original comment.

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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.

18 Comments

  1. I’ve got to say, back in the days of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI,
    I was sometimes irritated with those Popes’ restraint and patience
    in dealing with some of the most provocative, outrageous dissent. I
    wanted to see some well-deserved smiting put down. Mea culpa,
    I was impatient with men who knew far better than I that smiting is
    only the last resort for men with Truth behind them. Bullies, little
    men who cannot persuade with reason and the attractiveness of Truth–
    those are the ones who must enforce their will with manipulation,
    ambiguity, dishonesty and brute force. They can only smite because
    they cannot persuade.

    This Pope is just such a little man. He employed the chicanery we
    saw in the Synod because he couldn’t otherwise persuade the
    bishops to give him the results he wanted. He sacks honest men,
    often with deliberate and petty humiliations, because as honest men
    they’re insufficiently on-board with his dubious programs. And, as
    we see with the ambiguities of Amoris Laetitia and Francis’ refusal
    to respond to the Dubia, this Pope flees clarity and transparency–
    a sure sign that the man is up to no good and knows he doesn’t
    have honesty and Truth behind him.

    Pope Francis is an abusive father, indeed. This isn’t as pontificate
    as much as it’s a chastisement.

  2. There are many interesting comments from CWR ( link above)

    One struck me regarding Pope Leo the XIII and the “conversation” he was privy too, when we received the Exorcism prayer, aka St. Michael the Archangel prayer.

    Mike in Cave Creek
    NOVEMBER 1, 2017 AT 5:54 PM
    A great reversal is coming soon. The devil is evil and he can’t help himself – – he is compelled to evil. But when he thought he had won his greatest victory, the Crucifixion of Christ, God turned this evil into the greatest good. Pope Leo XIII was allowed to overhear that important conversation between the devil and God. And God invited the devil to “go ahead,” destroy the Church. Just like I imagine God told him, “go ahead crucify my Son”. The great final good needed on earth must follow a great evil. God’s work must be clear to all to His Glorification! PF can’t take his next breath without God’s consent = = God’s Providence will unfold – – PRAY

    Absolutely!
    This evil will be wiped out, and clearly the glorification of God will shine through as beautiful as an Easter morning SONrise.
    Pray…you bet!!

  3. No. God never told the devil to “Go ahead crucify My Son.” God could not stop the crucifixion of Jesus Christ without revoking Lucifer’s free will. Lucifer and his minions alone crucified the Son of God for telling the TRUTH.
    God will not go back on His Word. “The one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” Jesus Christ was raised from the dead because death is the wages of sin and Jesus Christ was an innocent man, the Lord of life and death over heaven and hell forever.
    St. Michael pray for us.

  4. The devil sure as hell can help himself. The devil can go to hell and stay there for hell is what the devil chose. Exorcism sends the devil back to hell. Even the herd of pigs did not want to be possessed by the devil, so they ran off the cliff and drowned themselves in the sea. Exorcism, prayer and fasting sends the devil to hell, where he has chosen to be for eternity.

  5. Philip, thank you for this uplifting comment:- “The devil is evil and he can’t help himself – – he is compelled to evil. But when he thought he had won his greatest victory, the Crucifixion of Christ, God turned this evil into the greatest good.”

    The devil, is paradoxically the greatest slave to sin, hastening faster and faster his ultimate end.
    God certainly Knew and Allowed the Crucifixion , and that is certainly comforting to remember. Evil is not freedom, it’s slavery, and no one is free-er than a Saint.

  6. David.

    Thanks go to Mike in Cave Creek.
    His expression… one I liked as well.

    @Mary De Voe.
    Your explanation is appreciated.
    Satan hates the Truth and has completely exhibited his free will from the very beginning.
    Being cast out of heaven was his choice..and now our choices can mimic his if we so choose.

    How anyone can support the killing of innocent children is beyond comprehension. At the very least give the baby up for adoption..but to kill the baby. Diabolical.

    Free will….a blessing or a curse. A way to love God or hate him.

  7. The reporting being done by Donald McClarey, Dr. Kurland and others here at TAC is invaluable. I cannot keep up with it all, nor comment on everything. But this is good news reporting. I sincerely hope that either Jorge Bergoglio will repent or he will be deposed and anathematized. This guy is an Argentinian Marxist Peronist heretic, and the worst thing to happen to the Papacy in hundreds of years.

  8. Silence is surrender. Priests who strongly disagree with Pope Francis need to band together and speak out. If not they are complicit as their silence will often be considered approval.

    The least they can do, as this priest has done, is blog or comment on the internet under an assumed name. But they must fight Pope Francis as best they can because Christ will be asking them what they did to save His Church.

  9. I concur with Michael Down. In a abusive home, when the children remain silent, the abuse continues. You must tell someone who can help you before you too take on those abusive personality traits. To remain silent out of fear tells me you do not act with God’s grace. Paul said “it is sufficient for me” and will help you take on the task before you. It must be done for the sake of your soul and many who are entrusted to your care.

  10. “I was sometimes irritated with those Popes’ restraint and patience in dealing with some of the most provocative, outrageous dissent.”

    Wanting error to be corrected, sin to be labeled as “sin”, the apprehension of their appointing disenters of Catholic doctrine, Tradition and Truth to Bishop and Cardinals, etc. To have corrected those things would have been fulfilling their duty to God and to the faithful. Because of their failure to uphold the faith and act, we now have the crisis in faith at the very top.

  11. “Because of their failure to uphold the faith and act, we now have the crisis in faith at the very top.” My thought exactly.
    “The devil is evil and he can’t help himself ” I never thought of it that way. Thank you.

  12. My comment under Fr. Anonymous comment at Catholic World. Note, these are the Galatians about whom St. Paul moans, “have you lost your minds?”.

    Guy Mcclung
    NOVEMBER 1, 2017 AT 5:28 PM
    It is oh so simple and so crystal clear:

    Jesus: “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

    Jorge Bergoglio: “No one is condemned forever.”

    Inspired word of God in St. Paul to the Galatians: ” I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

    As for me and my house, we’ll stick with Jesus.

    Guy McClung, Texas

  13. There is a difference between the devil being “compelled” by his free will choice to hate God and the saints being “compelled” by their free will choice to follow Christ in His call to them of their vocation.
    One compelling force being the selfish evil of the fallen angels, that murders sovereign persons. The other being the compelling force, the surrender of our free will to the will of God in the accomplishment of our sovereign personhood as human beings, that sets men free.
    ” As for me and my house, we’ll stick with Jesus.”

  14. I cried when I read this. It made me see what I couldn’t understand before: why our Priests and Bishops remain silent…i.e. Situation Impossible.

    Just as a soldier is not expected to step recklessly into the path of enemy fire when completely surrounded – knowing full well it would amount to pointless suicide – but rather to wait until the shock troops (in this case, GOD) arrive to give them cover and reinforcement so there’s a fighting chance, it’s now gotten to the point of needing to stay in the trenches waiting for strategic Divine Intervention rather than lamely surrendering to certain execution by the enemy.

    I think I finally understand. ….

    I will carry all these good Priests in my heart and prayer….we need you! Thank you for fidelity to your vocations…..

  15. Catholic & Pope Francis do not blend. His remark “I’m the Pope”! ; shows true love of self over all others; even & most directly over God. Too many seem afraid to ask or comment on anything he says-So he runs with ill words against All Commands given by God.

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