Pope Francis recommends silence before forces of scandal and division

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Aug. 29 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Aug. 29 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) 

During his homily at his first morning Mass at Santa Marta since the summer break, Pope Francis recommended “silence and prayer” when one is confronted “with people lacking good will, with people who only seek scandal, who seek only division, who seek only destruction, even within the family: silence, prayer.”

His remarks on Sept. 3 are being viewed as his first public response to the 11-page letter of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former nuncio to the United States. Many have sought to get Francis or the Vatican to respond to Archbishop Viganò’s serious allegations that as pope he covered up the multiple abuses of the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after the former-nuncio said he told Pope Francis about these offenses in a private audience on June 23, 2013.

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“The truth is meek. The truth is silent. The truth is not noisy," Pope Francis said in his homily.

The archbishop also alleged that Francis had lifted what are now being described as “private” sanctions alleged to have been imposed on Archbishop McCarrick by Benedict XVI in 2009 or 2010. Without providing evidence for these charges, Archbishop Viganò called for the pope’s resignation.

But the pope only urged journalists to look into the archbishop’s allegations and has so far refused to comment further.

“The truth is meek. The truth is silent. The truth is not noisy," Pope Francis said in his homily. He was commenting on the Gospel story of the day from Luke that describes how Jesus reacted when he returned to Nazareth and met with opposition from his former neighbors after commenting on a passage from the prophet Isaiah.

Even in a family, Pope Francis said, there are times when a discussion of politics or sports or money escalates into a truly destructive argument; "in these discussions in which you see the devil is there and wants to destroy—silence. Have your say, then keep quiet.”

“With his silence,” he said, Jesus wins against “the wild dogs”; he wins against “the devil” that “sowed lies in the heart.”

He said the Gospel story helps us “to reflect how to act in daily life, when there are misunderstandings” and “to understand how the father of lies, the accuser, the devil, acts to destroy the unity of a family, of a people.”

He recalled Jesus’ silent composure on that occasion, when people wanted him to do miracles as he had done elsewhere, but when he chose instead to comment on the prophet’s words and they got furious and the atmosphere quickly changed “from peace to war.” Jesus adopted “silence” when confronted with the devil.

Pope Francis said that those who attacked Jesus “were not persons, they were a pack of wild dogs that threw him out of the city. They did not reason. They shouted. Jesus stayed silent. They took him to the top of the mountain to throw him down, but he passed through their midst and went away.”

“With his silence,” he said, Jesus wins against “the wild dogs”; he wins against “the devil” that “sowed lies in the heart.”

Pope Francis said that Jesus’ dignity shines through “this silence that triumphs” over his attackers, as it would also on Good Friday when they shouted “crucify him!” after praising him on Palm Sunday.

He acknowledged that what Jesus did is not easy, but “silence wins, through the Cross.” He emphasized that “the dignity of the Christian is anchored in the power of God.”

Pope Francis concluded by praying,“May the Lord give us the grace to discern when we should speak and when we should stay silent. This applies to every part of life: to work, at home, in society.”

In this way, he said, “we will be closer imitators of Jesus.”

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Paula Swain
11 months 3 weeks ago

Since the early 2000s the hierarchy of the Church has been (falsely) telling us that there was going to be transparency. Yet the cover up continues. The Church has to open the books. How much has each parish spent to pay the abused. Which priests by name (dead or alive). How much has the Vatican spent? This is our money that we gave in good faith to help our Church do good work. Instead it was spent on covering up crimes. No more silence. If the questions are too much for our Holy Father then he can step aside. But whoever takes his place will get no safe haven. The laity wants answers and we deserve answers and a say in how our Church runs the business side. Because make no mistake, the Catholic Church is a business. The consecrated can run our spiritual guidance but now it’s time for the laity to have the larger influence on our business dealings.

James Haraldson
11 months 3 weeks ago

The man has a satanic level of hypocrisy. Everyone who legitimately criticizes him and his continuous assaults on God given immutable Catholic truth he vilifies shamelessly. "Francis the Merciful" is merciless towards the victims of sin, a consummate phony with no humility at all.

Jorge Luis Luaces Rabaza
11 months 3 weeks ago

Fr Federerico Lombardi SJ has always been a force of wisdom, peace and holiness. So good to see him come out of retirement to state the obvious: Carlo Vigano is untruthful.

Then again Carlo Vigano’s sister, Rosanna Vigano, called him a “farabutto” (scoundrel)
“Rosanna si sente tradita dai due fratelli e va giù pesante: «Carlo Maria, quello lo sappiamo che è un farabutto»
and his brother Lorenzo Vigano SJ called him an outright liar
http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/politica/vigan-e-casa-svizzera-carlo-maria-farabutto-1570323.html

At this rate his deceased mother might rise from the dead and state she regrets giving birth to the failed prelate who both Popes Benedict XVI and Francis ejected him from service to their papacies

“Let's admit it was a huge mistake for Benedict to get rid of the headache Viganò was at the Vatican by making him America's headache, and let's thank Francis — the guy who actually sacked McCarrick — for preserving the dignity of the papacy by refusing to get into the Viganò gutter. And, let's recognize, too, that Viganò is part of a concerted campaign to attack Francis and everything he says must be seen in that distorting light.”
https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/distinctly-catholic/vigan-s-latest-statement-part-concerted-campaign-attack-papacy

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

Amen.

Bill Dotterweich
11 months 3 weeks ago

I believe that healing can occur only with the absence of this pope. His plea for "silence" is the same tired plea that has been used for a thousand years to cover up scandals. He is hoping that this will all just "go away" as it has in the past. The church hierarchy has lost its gravitas. More than lip service is needed. More than (but not to exclude) prayer. This is a human problem, caused by humans. It needs to be resolved by humans.

Henry Brown
11 months 3 weeks ago

I have no idea who is telling the truth, or more truth than the other.

Archbishop Vigano should have, if he is indeed telling the truth, have prepared
his charges better and sought to back them up with as much evidence as he could muster.

What is shocking, no matter the outcome of who is telling the truth, is that
Mccarick was known to be doing what he did and no one did anything about it
even after Seminarians/Priests were paid off by the Diocese.

We are all sinners, but those who cover up for an Archbishop/Cardinal by
paying money given for the Poor, are not to be excused.

Jorge Luis Luaces Rabaza
11 months 3 weeks ago

Why McCarrick? You need to go back in history to the 1990s and early 2000s. Pope John Paul II was well aware of the abuse by priests under the watchful eyes of Cardinals and Bishops. Bernard Cardinal Law was the first wave of scandals right under Pope John Paul II.

Vigano is not interested in the victims of abuse. He is using them to strike at this papacy: clericalism. Thankfully, the journalists, as Pope Francis suggested, are doing their due diligence and uncovering the fraud that Vigano is.

Tim O'Leary
11 months 3 weeks ago

Guillermo - I thought you were berating me for daring to ask questions of the pope and you claimed I was not loyal enough to the pope. Then you say things about Pope JP II that you cannot possibly know? Are you a Catholic or just a Bergoglion? You are the strangest partisan on this site.

Jeffrey More
11 months 3 weeks ago

Let me get this straight - Francis thinks it is Christ-like to adopt an attitude of silence in the face of allegations he could easily dispute (to the delight and relief of the vast majority of the faithful, myself included), while at the same seeing fit to shoot his mouth off about plastic in the oceans, and the need to deal with it as a virtual life and death emergency. This man is either (a) an imbecile, (b) insane, or (c) a harbinger of the imminence of the Second Coming. I am keeping an open mind, but must confess that I'm leaning toward option (a).

Christine Stander
11 months 3 weeks ago

Pretty sure when the money changers were defiling the temple, Jesus was not “composed” or “silent”. Righteous indignation, then and now...

Jeffrey More
11 months 3 weeks ago

Good point, confirmed by, of all people, Luke. Interestingly, in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus constantly speaks up, not only in parables designed to teach, but in rebuke of those in positions of authority who engaged in rank hypocrisy (e.g., Pharisees and lawyers) in the process of oppressing others in various ways. Moreover, in the passage interpreted by Francis, Jesus PROVOKES the people of Nazareth by SPEAKING. He does not remain silent in the face of questions or demands or accusations.

Jong Ricafort
11 months 3 weeks ago

Christine Stander
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.
Learn the art of spiritual war, read ephesians6:12-18 and you will appreciate the Wisdom of Pope Francis.
Arch.Vigano is human too, like us is subject to satan's deception...that's why Pope Francis evlevated the battle
into spiritual realm of SILENCE, prayer will reveal the TRUTH on his testimony.If the Holy Spirit inspired Arch.Vigano
then the fruit of his actions will show...but on the contrary it attracted noise, confusions & divisions...so who's fruit is this?
Godbless

Vince Killoran
11 months 3 weeks ago

A wise course for Francis to pursue while the reckless, unsubstantiated charges fly around. Let them exhaust themselves and show, as Vilano has already begun to do, their fabricated charges. There will come a time soon to talk more in detail.

Silence, discernment: it can do wonders.

Tim O'Leary
11 months 3 weeks ago

Maybe this silence is part of Pope Francis's strategy to empower the laity. In 2016, he said: “Watching the People of God is to remember that we all entered the Church as laity.” “It’s never the shepherd who tells the laity what they have to do or say [in public life], they know it as well or even better than us,” The crux article say: "Pope Francis on Tuesday called Catholic priests in Latin America to remember they serve the laity, and not the other way around, describing clericalism as one of the strongest challenges that the Church faces." I think this McCarrick and VIgano affair will help fix the clericalism. So, maybe this is good for the Church. https://cruxnow.com/church/2016/04/27/pope-blasts-clericalism-says-clock-has-stopped-on-hour-of-laity/

C Walter Mattingly
11 months 3 weeks ago

More likely, this "silence" response is better characterized as duck, dodge, if necessary stick head in sand, and hope it goes away. Hasn't in the last two generations, and continuing to let it fester is the worst option. Time for light and speaking truth, not darkness and silence.

Douglas Fang
11 months 3 weeks ago

The attacks on the Pope by a lot of people here have reached a feverish tone and I wonder why. You all have ridiculously distorted his recommendation, which is quite agreed by most wise people – “…to discern when we should speak and when we should stay silent. This applies to every part of life: to work, at home, in society…”. There is a time to speak and there is a time to remain silent.

In the meantime, he had clearly asked us or any one of us who still have an honest mind to investigate the issue ourselves. Let the press and media dig all the dirt on this subject until the dust settles down. Maybe he will then speak or maybe not if it is too obvious. As time passed, the attacks from Vigano and his cohort are clearly getting more and more absurd – even his own sister and his brother seem to have a very low view about this traitor.

In the end, there is nothing to prevent the schism in the Church. The schism has existed since the beginning and it will just get intensified as time goes on. It reflects the human nature. Someone sees the cup as half-empty, someone else sees it as half-full. It is just wired into human brain neuron circuitry. It seems that on the comments on this site and I suspect on many sites have come to a contest about whose side has the biggest mouth, who has the thickest skin…Time will tell who will win in the end. Statistically, Vigano and his cohort seem to be running out of time. I can speak this based on my own observation and experience. The younger generation mostly despises or ignores them. The more knowledgeable they are, the more they despise Vigano, Burke, etc.

Tim O'Leary
11 months 3 weeks ago

Douglas - you will not get your wish. There will be no schism. Those who care the most for the Catholic faith and the Gospel will survive any internal squabble or scandal. We have the odd situation where those opposing an investigation into the McCarrick affair also oppose much of the Catechism. Pope Francis disdains the right-wing (faithful traditional Catholics) and the left-wing (who he refers as the homosexual lobby) and is trying to find a pastoral middle ground that is relaxed about doctrinal truth and emphasizes mercy. It has blown up in his face, with the McCarrick mess, failures with Fr. Inzoli (Don Mercedes), Monsignors RIcca, Charamsa & Capozzi, Bishop Barros & Cardinal Godfried Danneels. Stop the cover-up.

Douglas Fang
11 months 3 weeks ago

right-wing = faithful traditional Catholics!!! There is nothing funnier and laughable than this claim. I see the other way - right-wing = hypocrite Pharisees. I don't have any wish. I just call "a spade a spade". I actively participate in my parish for many years and I can see what I see. I believe that the Catholic faith and religion will survive people like you, Vigano, and Burke, etc.

I've been here long enough and understand your style, "doctor" Tim! You always distort the facts and I see no point in arguing with you.

BTW, if there is such a "homosexual lobby", which I suspect that this is just an exaggeration and an excuse to attack this and to some degree, the previous Pope, I would totally oppose it and welcome a full inquiry into such an entity.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

Excellent response, Douglas!

Tim O'Leary
11 months 3 weeks ago

Douglas - Regarding the Pharisees, Jesus said: "So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach." Mt 23;3. So, using your analogy, the solution is for everyone to follow the teaching of the faithful traditional Catholics, and then hold them up to that same standard. Marvelous idea! I agree. On the gay lobby, Pope Francis is one of them. In May he released a document reiterating that he "believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who 1) practice homosexuality, 2) present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or 3) support the so-called "gay culture." Let's hold all those hypocrites on the left and right up to this discipline. That would have reduced the sex abuse by at least 81% and we never would have had a McCarrick, Inzoli, RIcca, Charamsa & Capozzi.

Richard Neagle
11 months 3 weeks ago

""The younger generation mostly despises or ignores them. The more knowledgeable they are, the more they despise Vigano, Burke,"
What younger generation? In my neck of the woods the percentage of high school leavers who attend weekly mass is less then 5%. Faith and vocations have largely been destroyed in the post consilliar generations. As the church continues to shrink , it will undoubtedly become more traditional and conservative, because by and large the offspring of more liberal progressive catholics do not attend mass.

Jong Ricafort
11 months 3 weeks ago

Thank you Pope Francis, I really admire your Wisdom in spiritual warfare, both you and Pope Benedict XVI are both Masters in the Art of Spiritual War with satan & his human cohorts.
The fruit of SILENCE is PRAYER, and the PRAYER of the righteous person availth much.the force of prayerful SILENCE is enough to shake the forces of hell and for them to tremble in fear.
Mama Mary's WEAPON is SILENCE, as He see Jesus WAY of PRAYING is SILENCE in destroying the works of the devil.
Pope Francis & Pope Benedict XVI can easily refute word per word the testimony of Arch.Vigano, but as Pope Francis a Master in the Art of War, said we are not fighting flesh & blood here, but wild dogs and demons...they will not be defeated by worldly weapon...prayerful SILENCE is the WEAPON to crush & destroy their evil works.
Thank you Pope Francis for teaching us how to win against the forces of evil.
My admiration goes to your Wisdom, truly you are the "WEAPON" in these end times.
As St. Padre Pio said "the rosary is the WEAPON in these end times."And St.JP2 left us with a powerful luminous mystery...and our beloved Pope Francis is a "LUMINOUS POPE".
"The LIGHT shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it."(John1:5)
Stay in the Ark.
The Church will emerge victorious together with all the faithful & obedient Clergy & Laity to Pope Francis & Church Magisterium.
S&IHMMP4us.Amen

Richard Neagle
11 months 3 weeks ago

Correct me if I am wrong , but is not a major part of the whole sexual abuse scandal due to the silence of the Bishops after finding an abusive priest ? Now we are seeking only the truth ,Your Holiness . So how about just giving us the truth. That is the only thing that will suffice.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

Patty Bennett
11 months 2 weeks ago

"Take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words?!" Did he know or not? He certainly has many words about protecting the environment (Yes, God's creation is beautiful, and we should be responsible stewards of it.) But he's the POPE. He has a responsibility that can't be filled by anyone else. There are MANY people working to protect the environment.
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The Holy Father has had YEARS to think about answering the Cardinals' Dubia.
I did read Amoris Laetitia. I had a lot of unanswered questions about it, too. It's ambiguous, confusing and needs clarification.
I also read the Cardinals' Dubia. The questions asked are direct, brief, and respectful. Understanding the truths of the Catholic faith, I was able to answer them within minutes. Certainly the Holy Father understands what he wrote better than I do! Why then can he not take 5 minutes to answer 5 True/False questions about it?
I'm not being sarcastic, but it's hard to avoid the conclusion that he WANTS ambiguity and confusion.
I trust the Lord. I trust the (eternal because GOD is eternal) teachings of the Catholic faith. But when the Pope, who has the RESPONSIBILITY to pass on the teachings of the Catholic faith REFUSES to do so, it certainly gives me REASON not to trust HIM anymore. Doesn't he REALIZE that many people feel this way? Doesn't he CARE? I didn't USED to feel this way; I've spent a lot of time defending him, but I'm really sick of being called a "non-person" and Pharisee, led by the Devil, and a corprophiliac (Look it up, and YES, he said it.) from a pack of wild dogs--just because I want the TRUTH! THAT'S how he answers those of us who question what he says! How's THAT for "mercy"? He has plenty of time for smears and insults.
Our shepherd (or is it "shepherd"?) has abandoned us. I didn't used to feel like THAT, either, but all the scandals, confusion, and his PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR of consistently promoting those who promote sodomy--DOES make me wonder if he really IS the pope!
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If the Holy Father CARED that HIS inaction is pushing people away from HIM (not the Church) like this, he ought to take responsibility and just ANSWER THE QUESTIONS!
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In ANY event, we must pray for him!

Patty Bennett
11 months 2 weeks ago

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lynne miller
11 months 3 weeks ago

It seems to me that what the Holy Father is doing is to allow time for people to think about what Vigano said - saying that it speaks for itself. Then, later, not in the heat of the moment, he will make a statement about it. This Twittering world we live in encourages people's worst instinct, to speak before giving adequate thought to what they want to say. We have a perfect example in the White House. If Pope Francis wants, for us, and for himself, time to take a deep breath and prepare his thoughts and words, it is certainly a good example to all of us.

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