BISHOP: “Francis used a chainsaw when only a scalpel was needed.”

From the Bishop of Providence (a providential name), Most Rev. Thomas Tobin:


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  1. Fulco One Eye says:

    The Pope’s (unhinged) action reminds me of Captain Queeg and his obsession with pilfered strawberries in the movie version of “The Caine Mutiny”. He certainly has an obsession with the TLM!

    And I wonder in what way this recent and “so-very-very-routine” surgery has had on his mental state and his control thereof.

  2. JustaSinner says:

    I remember a certain general in the Viet Nam war that remarked they had to destroy the city to save the city…

  3. Chrisc says:

    Anyone who has eyes can see the document isn’t about certain tendencies, nor survey results. It’s about Francis’ (and others) disdain for what he thinks the TLM represents. To him, it embodies the Church turned in on itself. I suspect he would rather have 10,000 liturgical abuses with super-soakers, than one Asperges me- which he may consider essentially to be abuse.

  4. Evan C says:

    So blessed to have Bp. Tobin as my local Ordinary!

  5. IaninEngland says:

    Thank you, Bishop Tobin, for having acted as a shepherd. God bless you richly!
    Thank you, too, to the other bishops who love their flocks.
    Here in England, we have had a handful of bishops acting likewise and just one or two trying to earn Brownie points for wickedness. Please pray for us.

  6. Emilio says:

    I think Bishop Tobin is speaking for a good portion of the American Bishops here. What is evident to me as a Latin American is that Francis took every bit of his prejudices and misconceptions of traditional Catholics from Argentina, and much of Latin America too sadly, to the See of Peter. Because to this day there is almost ZERO pastoral solicitude for traditional Catholics in Argentina, most belong to the SSPX, whose presence there is very significant and impossible to ignore. They are caricatured in every which way, as anything but fellow Catholics deserving pastoral care and attention. Because of of all the abuse from the bishops and many priests in Argentina, traditional Catholics mostly didn’t even bother seeking approval for Masses directly under the Dioceses. They just went directly to the SSPX, present in much of Argentina. Even with Summorum, Bergoglio severely limited TLMs.. allowing it at only one parish AND imposing that vernacular readings had to be used for it (and where do we see this again now?) He has learned nothing in eight years as Pope, and he hasn’t wanted to learn anything about us. Years ago for my own sanity and spiritual health, I resolved to avoid this Pope’s comings and goings… I can’t even bear the sound of his voice. The same thing happens to me with Obama. I pray for the Pope as is my duty, but I can be faithful to the Faith in my state in life without having to concern myself with someone who praises a homosexualist Jesuit leading souls astray, but who takes a chainsaw to my legitimate traditional Faith and preferences, and who is constantly insulting and mocking us… from ridiculous comments about our psychological health for being “rigid”, to attacking what our priests and seminarians wear, to saying that we have large families “like rabbits” (as if he himself came from a small Italian family).

  7. MarianneF says:

    My eyes popped out…and then I remembered that I have to get my Bishops Tobin straight. Almost didn’t believe my eyes.

  8. Gab says:

    I don’t understand what Bp Tobin means. Why is a scalpel even needed?

  9. doghouse says:

    Emlio: I found your post incredibly helpful. I don’t have to like what’s going on, but it helps to understand what’s going on. Thank you and God bless.

  10. Archlaic says:

    God bless Bishop Tobin indeed! From the tiny State of RI comes a mighty roar! If I’m not mistaken, this is the most pointed comment from any of the American bishops! Proud to have him as my “quasi-domicile” Bishop (21y at the Latin Mass at Holy Name in Providence!)

  11. Legisperitus says:

    The main “problem” before last Friday was that in most places Summorum Pontificum wasn’t getting implemented.

  12. Elizium23 says:

    I am curious: how did Cardinal Bergoglio govern the Eastern Catholic Churches under his care in Argentina?

    Are they full of rigidity and schismatic mindsets?

    Did he decry their pastors for considering themselves “Orthodox in Communion with Rome”?

    How often did he celebrate Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite?

  13. bigtex says:

    Don’t you see what’s going on Bishop Tobin? They purposefully used a “chainsaw”, because they are trying to goad The FSSP and ICKSP and their adherents, into joining the SSPX. Further marginalizing the followers of traditional, and in their ideal perverted world, they can then schism them right out of the Church. Problem solved for Bergoglio, and his merry band of sodomite and Jesuit heretics.

  14. All I can say is that I wish Providence were closer than a four-hour drive from my home, and unfortunately, I’m not in a position to move right now. I really liked watching the TLM from St. Mary’s last summer while all the churches were either closed or “filled” to capacity. I still want to add St. Mary’s to my list of churches visited.

  15. Grant M says:

    I think the problem for Papa Bergoglio was that, under Summorum Pontificum, the TLM was multiplying faster than a Catholic rabbit that has actually read both Humanae Vitae and Casti Connubii…

  16. AA Cunningham says:

    Good to know that Father James Jackson FSSP, current Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Littleton, Colorado, who is being transferred to St. Mary’s on Broadway in Providence will apparently be incardinated in a Diocese with what appears to be a Bishop with a healthy spine. We pray that his replacement here will continue the multitude of good works that Father Jackson has performed in building our parish.

    OLMC Update July 23, 2021

    Letter to the Parish from Fr. Jackson

    I’m sorry I cannot fulfill the many requests to come over for dinner or lunch. I now have seven working days to complete the preparation for the new pastor, to attend to affairs in Providence, and to pack.

    Also, some have wanted to give me gifts, but I’m using this time to detach from many things and am giving away much. So, no gifts please but thank you for the thought.

    Included is a picture of the church like it was when I got here. Nothing says the 60’s like church doors off to the side!

    Fr. Jackson

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