I think people have the totally wrong idea about Pope Francis and his “poor church of the poor” thing.
Because of the no-red-shoes bit, at least for now, and the lack of mozzetta, at least for now, and the simpler Mass vestments, many think it all has to do with some liberal agenda to destroy the liturgy. I don’t think so.
Pope Francis is utterly taken with our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception. Saint Francis was too. Pope Francis’ question to us is about whether or not we are willing to know the poverty of the crucifixion.
Obama’s anti-life ideology of persecution of the Catholic Church in any way he can is catching on right around the world. Pope Francis is not unaware of this. There are many Catholics who will comply with this. This is why they voted for Obama in the first place. But, some will not comply.
So, just in the USA…
- We are already losing adoption centers, etc., and we will be losing much more.
- Businesses of those insisting on non-compliance will shut down.
- Individuals who will not pay any penalty will suffer a great deal.
- Muslims are exempt. This is about attacking Catholics.
Are we willing to witness to Christ? Or do we so love our lives in this world that we will throw eternity in heaven away just to get along for an ever so brief time here upon this earth?
Welcome to the poverty of dhimmitude. But I think Pope Francis will try to meet with Obama like Saint Francis met with the Sultan in Constantinople. Poor analogy there, I understand, but you know what I mean. I believe the Sultan to have been much more open to reason than Obama. The American President has the blood of millions of babies on his hands. That entrenches him. Of course, there have been spectacular conversions.
We follow Pope Francis in his lead. We hope. We pray. We stay close to Christ Jesus. We live the beatitudes.
Did I say that there was a ferocious series on the beatitudes on the sidebar of http://holysoulshermitage.com ?