“But Father! But Father!”

An alert blogging priest out there wrote to me this morning…

Is Pope Francis reading Fr. Z’s blog?

What would all this be about?

He linked to a summary of Pope Francis non-magisterial fervorino for a weekday Mass (HERE) in which he said:

“One of you might say to me: ‘But Father, don’t Christians have laws?’ Yes. Jesus said: ‘I do not come to [abolish the Law], but to fulfil it.’

“But Father! But Father!”, I am sure many of you are saying by now, “Isn’t that something that priests have said for centuries?  And…you hate Vatican II!”

Of course.  Of course.  But we are allowed to have a little fun.

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  1. Salvelinus says:


  2. Nicholas says:

    Of course the Pope reads this blog, and some day will be writing it.

  3. Supertradmum says:

    Does the Pope read English? Maybe his secretary translates your blog for him, Father.

  4. lsclerkin says:

    Glory Be to the Fort Wayne track.

  5. jhayes says:

    Supertradmom asked Does the Pope read English?

    He spent three months in Dublin to learn English, so It seems likely that he reads English even if he doesn’t feel comfortable speaking it without a prepared text.


  6. Cyrillus Mariae Cheung says:

    but father!! but father!!
    I don’t think the Holy Father has read your blog, or else he will be the one to say these word to you

  7. marcelus says:

    Could be. But he used the same expression when talking about the devil: but father : how can you speak of the devil in the xxi century..” remember?

  8. Norah says:

    I have to admit that I find Pope Francis’ comments confusing. For instance in his non-magisterial fevorino:” frees the person who believes it from slavery to automatic legalism”

    What is the “automatic legalism” which Pope Francis is speaking of, particularly in reference to the Church?

    “this is why the Church asks all of us to change certain things. She asks us to let go of decadent structures – they are useless”

    What are the “decadent structures “ Pope Francis is speaking of, particularly in reference to the Church?

    It is all very well saying that these are non-magisterial statements but look at the confusion another non-magisterial statement is generating: “who am I to judge?”

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