I haven’t followed the Pope’s South American trip, other than his statements about the “dumb” people and about a certain unpopular bishop.
However, Ed Pentin – who is reliable – says that the Holy Father apparently wants to hear from the faithful.
#PopeFrancis says he wants to have the sensus fidelium (sense of the faithful), so perhaps think of sharing your opinions with him in a letter addressed to: His Holiness, Pope Francis, Apostolic Palace, 00120 Vatican City, Vatican City State https://t.co/D24PwJk8oG
— Edward Pentin (@EdwardPentin) January 20, 2018
Pentin includes a link about how to write to the Pope.
I haven’t seen the text of the speech in which the Pope said this, but Pentin is reliable.
Soooo…. writing to the Pope (or bishops or priests for that matter).
He wants to hear the sensus fidelium? The sensus fidei fidelium? The “sense of the faithful”? Here’s what I say.
First, in order to have the sensus fidelium something is absolutely necessary as a precondition: The Faith. You have be faithful in order to participate and express the sensus fidelium.
Second, there may be a lot of people who write to the Pope who really don’t have the sensus fidelium because they are not, in fact, faithful.
Address the envelope to
00120 VATICAN CITY
- Do NOT put Italy on the envelope. If you do, Italian post will handle it and.. well… enough said.
- While handwritten letters seem more personal, typed or printed are easier to read.
- Keep it BRIEF. ONE side of ONE page.
- Do NOT be disrespectful.
- Do NOT tell the Pope what his job is.
- Go ahead and tell him what you feel. Don’t be crazy.
- Go ahead and ask him for what you want. Don’t be stupid or unrealistic.
- End the letter with a promise of prayers.
- Make sure your own address is on the letter, not just the envelope.
- Sign your real name.
- Include your email and your phone number.
If you write, adhere to these tips. Seriously. You’ll multiply your chances of being read and taken seriously.
Finally, were I Pope, or when I will be Pope, I would consider this to be an Extremely Bad Idea™.
First, it gives the impression that, after receiving letters and messages, etc., something might be changed.
Second, it gives the impression that dogmas are changeable based on the prevalent view or desire of some well-organized lobby.
One of the problems with the Kasperites is, as Thomas Stark explained (HERE) is that Kasper, and people around Francis, have substituted philosophy with politics. They don’t have objective underpinnings, premises and procedures. They have polls.
Why might one write?
1 – To write such a letter requires you to understand well what you think, or feel, or desire to ask. It is, in itself, a good exercise. In a way, it is a type of examination of conscience.
2 – The recipient is unpredictable. He has been known to call people by phone out of the blue.
3 – You never know what impact many letters consistently saying the similar things will have.
4 – He won’t be able to plead ignorance of what many Catholics think and feel when he goes before the Lord for his judgment. And if his minions shield him from the truth, then they will be held accountable before God.
5 – Maybe it will make a difference. You don’t know. If you don’t write, it won’t be your letter that is the final straw. It’s like the lottery. Your odds are not good. But you will not win if you don’t by a ticket.
Lest weakness or defeatism get the better of some of you… Paul wrote to the Romans (we read this today at the Sunday TLM):
Brethren: Be not wise in your own conceits. To no man render evil for evil, but provide good things not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as far as in you lies, be at peace with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it is written, Vengeance is Mine: I will repay, says the Lord. But, If your enemy is hungry, give him food; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.