THE BARQUE OF PETER SEEMS TO BE FOUNDERING, PUT ON YOUR LIFE JACKET (CHRIST) AND HOLD ON TIGHT

 

Francis: No Catholic Mass available? Just go to the Anglicans!

March 21, 20173/21/2017

Chaos Frank strikes again…

Francis: No Catholic Mass available? Just go to the Anglicans!


Every day we are being drowned in news about “Pope” Francis and the Vatican machinery. The incessant flood of information is becoming increasingly difficult for everyone to process, which means it is easy for stories to get missed.

Such was apparently the case with a real bombshell Francis dropped on February 26, 2017 while visiting an Anglican parish church in Rome. Virtually everyone seems to have missed it. What happened? During a Q&A session in which Francis was answering people’s questions off the cuff, he related an anecdote about ecumenical practice with Anglicans in his homeland of Argentina.

Have a look at what Francis said, and don’t forget to close your mouth afterwards:

And then, there is my experience. I was very friendly with the Anglicans at Buenos Aires, because the back of the parish of Merced was connected with the Anglican Cathedral. I was very friendly with Bishop Gregory Venables, very friendly. But there’s another experience: In the north of Argentina there are the Anglican missions with the aborigines, and the Anglican Bishop and the Catholic Bishop there work together and teach. And when people can’t go on Sunday to the Catholic celebration they go to the Anglican, and the Anglicans go to the Catholic, because they don’t want to spend Sunday without a celebration; and they work together. And here [at the Vatican], the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith knows this. And they engage in charity together. And the two Bishops are friends and the two communities are friends.

I think this is a richness [treasure] that our young Churches can bring to Europe and to the Churches that have a great tradition. And they give to us the solidity of a very, very well cared for and very thought out tradition. It’s true, — ecumenism in young Churches is easier. It’s true. But I believe that – and I return to the second question – ecumenism is perhaps more solid in theological research in a more mature Church, older in research, in the study of history, of Theology, of the Liturgy, as the Church in Europe is. And I think it would do us good, to both Churches: from here, from Europe to send some seminarians to have pastoral experience in the young Churches, so much is learned. We know [that] they come, from the young Churches, to study at Rome, at least the Catholics [do]. But to send them to see, to learn from the young Churches would be a great richness in the sense you said. Ecumenism is easier there, it’s easier, something that does not mean [it’s] more superficial, no, no, it’s not superficial. They don’t negotiate the faith and [their] identity. In the north of Argentina, an aborigine says to you: “I’m Anglican.” But the bishop is not here, the Pastor is not here, the Reverend is not here . . . “I want to praise God on Sunday and so I go to the Catholic Cathedral,” and vice versa. They are riches of the young Churches. I don’t know, this is what comes to me to say to you.

(“Pope’s Q & A at Anglican All Saints Church”Zenit, Feb. 27, 2017; underlining added. Original Italian at Vatican web site here.)

 

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3 Responses to THE BARQUE OF PETER SEEMS TO BE FOUNDERING, PUT ON YOUR LIFE JACKET (CHRIST) AND HOLD ON TIGHT

  1. steveesq says:

    Real Church or Play Church, valid Holy Orders or mock unholy orders. There’s a big difference no matter what his muddleheadedness “comes to me to say to you” from the unholy spirit.

  2. marysong says:

    I guess our Pope doesn’t think much of the Sacrifice of the Mass! It is beyond comprehension! Thank you.

  3. Years ago, while working in NYC, I had a lunch brake and sought out a church in the area of Times Square. I found one church with the name St. Mary the Virgin. As I entered the beautiful interior, I noticed the high altar, the tabernacle with the votive lamp lit, but no worshipers. I asked someone if there was a Mass scheduled and he said there’s one in the side chapel. I entered the chapel and took a seat. The Mass started and immediately, I noticed the priest speaking words that I was not familiar with. I asked the person seated next to me if this was a Catholic Mass? He said “Yes”. I said “A Roman Catholic Mass?” He said, “No, Anglican!” I ran out of there as fast as I could! We were always taught that we could not worship in any church but a Roman Catholic church. I still believe that!

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