BTW… the infamous Stonewall Inn in NYC was started by the Mafia.
In one speech (not included in today’s public Bolletino for some reason – yet, at least), [It is updated HERE] Francis is said to have said in the afternoon when he visited the parish where don Pino was. He addressed the clergy, religious and seminarians.
— Giovanni Tridente ? (@gnntridente) September 15, 2018
“There must be banned every form of clericalism: it’s one of the most difficult perversions to get rid of today, clericalism is.”
Clericalism is one of the most difficult “perversions”? A curious word to use.
When you hear “perversions” most people make the connection to things like homosexual acts.
I saw an embargoed text of a speech that Francis was to give in that occasion, which included part of that quote, above. But it was a little different. It didn’t mention “perversions”. “Per questo, cari fratelli, va bandita ogni forma di clericalismo: non abbiano in voi cittadinanza atteggiamenti altezzosi, arroganti o prepotenti.” Then again, Francis goes off text and you have to stick to what he actually says rather than what is sent out beforehand under embargo.
In this version – HERE – the coverage quotes the released, embargoed version, without the mention of “perversions”. However, that is not what he actually said.
However, in the video, you here him say what Tridente wrote in the tweet. He got it right.
I don’t want to read too much into this single line, but… commonsense suggests that Francis is, once again, worried about The Present Crisis. It seems to be on his mind.
He and his Team have been redirecting attention away from the mastodon in the rectory, a homosexual subculture in the Church (even if it includes a relatively small number of priests compared to the whole, but of priests and of bishops in positions of greater influence). It’s not homosexuality in the clergy that causes abuse of young men, seminarians, priests. No no. It clericalism. Clericalism is a real perversion!
Francis spoke off the cuff very often in that speech – a nightmare for journalists, frankly. However, he thought this important enough to say. That word “perversion” seems to be the give away.
On another note, Francis also spoke about the “maternal” role of women religious in the Church. When the finalized transcript is released, that could be worth checking.