“Pope Francis is just, like, he’s just the most wonderfullest Pope, like, EHvur!”
So, the liberals gush, completely ignoring what Francis is about.
And so we turn out attention down-under, where a loose cannon of a priest ran amok for years, eventually to be suspended. He has now received his decree of excommunication.
From The Age a whiny article by the perennial Church basher Barney Zwartz:
Dissident priest Greg Reynolds has been both defrocked [not a technical term] and excommunicated over his support for women priests and gays – the first person ever excommunicated in Melbourne, he believes. [But, we wonder, will he be the last?]
The order comes direct from the Vatican, not at the request of Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, and apparently follows a secret denunciation in the best traditions of the inquisition, according to Father Reynolds. [OOOPS! Not "Father" Reynolds anymore.]
The excommunication document – written in Latin and giving no reason – [The reasons have been made abundantly clear in previous correspondence.] was dated May 31, meaning it comes under the authority of Pope Francis who made headlines on Thursday calling for a less rule-obsessed church. [There we go again. Francis talks about focusing less on "small-minded" rules, and suddenly liberals think there are no longer any rules... except the rules they impose.]
Father Reynolds, who resigned as a parish priest in 2011 and last year founded Inclusive Catholics, said he had expected to be laicised (defrocked), [Getting it wrong again. "Laicized" is not a real term either. He has been dismissed from the clerical state.] but not excommunicated. But it would make no difference to his ministry. [It may not make a difference to the Reynoldian Church, but it may make a difference at his judgment.]
”In times past excommunication was a huge thing, but today the hierarchy have lost such trust and respect,” he said.
”I’ve come to this position because I’ve followed my conscience on women’s ordination and gay marriage.”
There is more about this sad train-wreck at The Age.
Let the record show that Pope Francis, the destroyer of small-minded rules, the leveler of right-wingers, the newly-minted hero of atheists and gays who has put aside all that medieval stuff about dogma in favor of luv, still knows how to sign a decree.
Remember, friends, Popes do not govern the Church through interviews.
When they want to teach or to govern, they know how to use the proper means.