What Francis did on Holy Thursday

On Holy Thursday, commemoration of the institution of Eucharist and Holy Orders, Francis went to the apartment of disgraced
Cardinal Becciu for a private Mass, rather than celebrate in public. According to Vatican News there were present a few sisters and some members of the Focolare movement.

According to Agenzia Nova, Francis did not intend this move as a “rehabilitation” of Becciu, who because of various financial antics was stripped of his Congregation and no longer has the right to vote in a papal conclave. Instead, this was pastoral gesture on the part of Francis.

I wonder which Feast Francis will choose to go to Card. Pell’s apartment.

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22 Comments

  1. Ivan says:

    What else to expect from him?

    The Focolare Movement is an international organization that promotes the ideals of unity and universal brotherhood…

  2. jdt2 says:

    Uncle Teddy will likely get one first.

  3. PaulusFranciscus says:

    The Focolare Movement has the features of a large and varied family, of a “new people born of the Gospel”, as Chiara Lubich, its founder, defined it. It is a movement of spiritual and social renewal, founded in Trent, Italy, in 1943, during the Second World War. …

    It aims at spreading the message of unity worldwide. Inspired by Jesus’ prayer to the Father, “May they all be one” (Jn 17:21), its goal is to promote brotherhood and to achieve a more united world in which people respect and value diversity. To achieve this goal, people of the Movement engage in various forms of dialogue and are committed to building bridges of fraternal relationships among individuals, between cultural groups and in every area of society.

    It’s been my consistent experience that whenever any organization purports to embrace the nebulous values of “diversity”, “inclusion”, or “equality”, or any similar variant such as “fraternity”, what they really mean is that they embrace their opposites. Occasionally, the mask slips when they call for things like “social renewal” without specifying what should follow the upheaval that would entail. Typically, it’s simply a world full of people in their own image, and purged of everyone else.

    I wonder which Feast Francis will choose to go to Card. Pell’s apartment.

    You and me both. I’m not holding my breath.

  4. Chrysologos says:

    Can we dare hope this story is the Vatican’s attempt at a 1 April prank?

  5. JustaSinner says:

    Maybe he’s have Seder Dinner with Cardinal McCarick?

  6. Sportsfan says:

    Aug. 1 would be appropriate. imho

  7. ChrisP says:

    Maybe it’s just my imagination but I am detecting more and more fear in the actions of PF. He’s afraid of what he’s started I suspect.

    He did do chemistry so he’ll know all about entropy and Boyles Law.

  8. WVC says:

    Let’s look on the bright side. At least Pope Francis wasn’t making a very public spectacle of washing the feet of a convicted murderer lesbian transsexual Muslim African. I’ll mark that down as a win.

  9. thomistking says:

    Since a disgraced former cardinal merits such an important feast, I assume the Holy Father will be spending Easter with Cardinal Burke!

  10. Thomas S says:

    I’m old enough to remember when the Bishop of Rome said Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper in St. Peter’s Basilica and the corrupt cardinals came to him.

    Call me nostalgic.

  11. Irish Timothy says:

    And poor holy Cardinal Zen shakes his head and with humility accepts (but correctly disagrees) with what has happened to him and the true Chinese Catholics!!!

  12. Sol says:

    I had wanted to be charitable about it and assume that 1) maybe it’s another sciatica attack 2)maybe he isn’t feeling well or 3) well, at least he did the Chrism Mass. But all that was before I knew he’d gone to do a private Mass with Becciu. On a day like this? The day Eucharist and priesthood were instituted? On a day when it’s so important to emphasize that the shepherd is there to lead his flock, to emphasize the unity of the Church, to show resolve and strength in the face of Covid? Unconscionable. If I were a priest of the diocese of Rome, I would feel it as a slap to my face.

  13. kurtmasur says:

    @thomistking: “Since a disgraced former cardinal merits such an important feast, I assume the Holy Father will be spending Easter with Cardinal Burke!”

    Exactly my thoughts. I immediately thought of Cardinal Burke as soon as I read this. I’m guessing we won’t have to hold our breaths for Card. Burke to get his own visit from Francis.

  14. @ChrisP: “…He did do chemistry so he’ll know all about entropy and Boyles Law.”

    Hey…don’t blame me if it turns out badly…:)

  15. robtbrown says:

    WVC says:

    Let’s look on the bright side. At least Pope Francis wasn’t making a very public spectacle of washing the feet of a convicted murderer lesbian transsexual Muslim African. I’ll mark that down as a win.

    Why did you mention African?

  16. robtbrown says:

    Maybe Francis went to Cardinal Becciu to see about a loan to get the Vatican out of the red

  17. Gregg the Obscure says:

    IIRC the current Pope had a habit of visiting prisoners on Holy Thursday. That would make this visit seem less of an honor for Becciu.

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  20. WVC says:

    @robtbrown – I mentioned “African” because it would be pandering towards the illegal immigrants that are gearing up to cross the Mediterranean once again now that the weather is warming. Pandering to migrants has been a pretty strong part of Francis’s public agenda.

  21. Emilio says:

    And lest we forget, Becciu was the lapdog selected to neutralize and “watch” Cardinal Burke at his position with the Knights of Malta, itself bulldozed by Francis. One wonders if there is any room for pastoral solicitude in the Pontifical Heart for ++Burke, Brandmüller, Müller (and his fired collaborators at CDF), Viganò, Fra Matthew Festing, the Friars of the Immaculate, the eminent members of John Paul II’s Pontifical Academy for Life (dismissed without so much as a thank you after decades of service-my parents’ friend Mercedes Arzú-Wilson, champion of the Billings method of NFP among them)… or even for the priests robbed of their ability to say their own Mass at the Vatican Archbasilica? Pastoral care for some, but not for others.

  22. Adelle Cecilia says:

    Shocking.

    I thought you were posting about “Judas and the Scandal of Mercy” and the (apparently) ever-growing need to canonize him.

    “Perhaps [Judas] is first Apostle who entered [into paradise] with the two thieves,” Mazzolari declares.

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