JOHN MENEZES 7 Esperanca
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February 22, 2014
Mumbai 400 001
Subject: Deconstructing Pope Francis – for favour of publication
Since March 13, 2013 there have been abundant eulogies and letters in The Examiner likening Pope Francis to St. Francis of Assisi but, as his papacy gets more and more bizarre, The Examiner of February 15, as well as the CBCI on its website, have compulsively come out with a lengthy apologia under the subject title which is the first admission of the embarrassing consequences of his off-the-cuff statements in these words: “While shooting straight from the hip is a special skill, it also carries its own risks …… there is evidence that he is being both misunderstood and misinterpreted,” something uncharacteristic of any worthy pontiff, least of all of St. Francis of Assisi.
The article opens: “Living in a normal apartment, cooking his own meals, travelling by public transport and visiting his people in the slums, endeared Archbishop Bergoglio to his flock.” Did Bergoglio, as archbishop, misplace his priorities (?) because it is known that while there were 40 to 50 ordinations a year when he took over as archbishop in 1998, they dwindled to around 10 a year and he left his seminary in a dilapidated condition. In spending time cooking and standing in public queues for buses, did Bergoglio distance himself from his archives in the official archbishop’s house so as to forget church doctrine and history (?) because his daily homilies at St. Martha’s Hotel have to be censored and cleared of errors in these two domains before they are published in L’Osservatore Romano. Further, he failed to endear himself to any clergy of repute because Marcelo González, of Panorama Católico Internacional, who knows the Church of Argentina as well as the palm of his hand, has written immediately on his election: “He
persecuted every single priest who made an effort to wear a cassock, preach with firmness, or that was simply interested in Summorum Pontificum.”
“Deconstructing Pope Francis” omits his grave dysfunctional act of abolishing the Papacy, by stripping the office of all its titles, to style himself “Holy Father Francis, Bishop of Rome,” reference: Annuario Pontificio 2013.