Massimo “Beans” Faggioli … what a puzzle.
He seems to be bright, but he constantly tweets dopey things.
The diocese in Albano, Italy is setting up a shelter for separated or divorced fathers who, having to pay monthly livelihood to wife and children, do not have a house to sleep in. This is Francis’ Church of mercy that Catholic rigorists don’t like.
— Massimo Faggioli (@MassimoFaggioli) January 12, 2018
For Beans, a Catholic “rigorist” is anyone who does not simply roll over and accept unquestioningly that, for example, chapter 8 of Amoris laetitia needs no additional clarifications.
So, he writes…
This is Francis’ Church of mercy that Catholic rigorists don’t like.
Beans would have you think that his fictitious straw-men rigorists want separated fathers who can’t afford housing, to sleep rough or in their cars.
I am reminded of the malice of the dems who return like dogs to the vomit of the lie that republicans want to push grandma in her wheelchair over a cliff. Never mind that it’s the dems who push euthanasia and abortion.
BTW… that’s a problem in Italy… jobs, incomes, a place to live, people with good degrees and skills and even decent jobs sleeping in their cars. It’s a big problem.
I looked up the details of the program that the Diocese of Albano set up. There is a story in L’Osservatore Romano (not that L’O is that reliable). Some additional notes about who owns the property and how it being paid for HERE. The Bishop of Albano is also the secretary of the Pope’s gang of cardinals which meets regularly.
Essentially, there is now a house where, as it is reported, they can take in eight men who wind up without a dwelling after a separation or a divorce. As the diocese says, this is “a new and increasingly pressing form of poverty that the diocese of Albano is addressing in its territory.”
For my part, I think that this is a great initiative.
The area in question, the Castelli Romani, stringing to the southeast of Rome, is deeply troubled, with lots of illegal immigrants and massive drug problems… not to mention Satanic activity. Helping these guys is a great idea.
The Bishop of Albano, in the bit published by L’O, says that:
The words written by Francis in Amoris laetitia, especially in chapter 8, and the invitation to welcome, accompany and integrate were for us like a true corroboration.
Interesting. The Pope’s words were a corroboration of what they were doing. They started on this before Amoris. However, the Bishop wants to associate the work with Amoris. Fine. Who can see a problem with that? Admitting men to this house isn’t the same as admitting the divorced and then publicly, civilly remarried and living more uxorio to Holy Communion without further qualifications.
Care of these poor men is an entirely separate issue.
Hence, Beans comment is pretty nasty by anyone’s reckoning.
Why would he say such a thing?
His tweets are simply meant to provoke, to pull in a little more traffic, to make a name for himself among those whom he wishes to impress… rather like a kid who wants to join a gang or like a new cadre in the New catholic Red Guards wants to show that he’s got the chops.
Oh… by the way… Beans “blocked” me on Twitter, as if that makes a difference.