“What is that banana peel doing on MY SIDEWALK?”

Dear readers,

Over the years it has been part of my plan to provide a space in which – to put it bluntly – some of you of the more traditionalist flavor could vent a little.  After decades of what can only be called oppression and heart-breaking disappointment, some of you were understandably angry.  Some venting has been necessary now and then for the sake of healing the bruises.

In the last few years I have sensed that some of the more traditionalist flavor were finally beginning to unclench a bit.  Thus, the time for a certain kind of venting is drawing to a close.

Since the announcement of a new Pope last night, I had to clean some really harsh things out of the combox and the comment queue.  I lost sleep doing so, and I don’t appreciate that at all.  I am grateful also for the work of a friend in the USA to whom I gave the blog’s keys for occasions when I couldn’t be online.

I won’t stand for bashing the new Pope here.  It isn’t going to happen in my combox.  You are NOT welcome to come into my living room and have a spittle-flecked nutty like whining liberals do whenever Catholic teaching and discipline is reaffirmed.  I don’t expect “papolatry”.  I ask for respect and decorum when concerns or disagreements are expressed.

If it turns out that our new Pope starts us down a path you or I don’t like, then we will discuss those matters as they come along.  But… how long has he been Pope?

Look.  We all have to get to know Francis.  He has to get to know himself now, too!  Pray for him.

If you are tempted to panic and bash Pope Francis in my combox, summon to your imagination the voice of a Marine Corps Captain to the company: “What is that banana peel doing on MY SIDEWALK?”

The combox for this entry is closed. There is no, “But Father! But Father!”

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