My friend Msgr. Charles Pope has a piece at the National Catholic Register which echoes what I have heard and read from many priests. He is as vexed as many priests about some off-the-cuff remarks made by His Holiness the Pope about priests. Francis seems to have an extremely dim view of priests. He constantly talks about them in a derogatory way.
In the same occasion when he made off the cuff remarks about the “majority” of marriages being invalid – which the Press Office attempted to walk back after the fact – the Holy Father said that priests should not be “putting our noses into the moral life of other people.” This is, of course, inconsistent with exactly what priest ought to do, must do if they are to help people avoid hell get to heaven!
Read the whole thing there, but this is Msgr. Pope’s peroration:
Thus even the “spun” remarks are unhelpful at best and divisive at worst. His emphasis:
Please, Holy Father: Enough of these ad hoc, off-the-cuff, impromptu sessions, whether at thirty thousand feet or at ground level. Much harm through confusion has been caused by these latest remarks on marriage, cohabitation, baptism, confession, and pastoral practice. Simply cleaning the record in the official transcript is not enough; this is an era of instant reportage and lots of recording devices, tweets, and Instagrams.
Just this priest’s perspective. But I can assure you, dear reader, that the impact hits priests hard, and I cannot deny a certain weariness and discouragement at this point. I realize that such remarks of the Pope are not doctrinal, but just try and tell that to gleeful dissenters and the morally confused or misled in this world.
Let us pray for our Holy Father and for the universal Church.
I also want to direct the readership’s attention back to a post about the initiative of another priest friend, Fr. Byers. HERE He asks that people pray for His Holiness in a coordinated way to protect him from diabolical attacks.
May I add a request that you pray for priests? Especially for the priests you know? Especially for me?