S WE HAVE SAID IN THE PAST, we have been exceedingly reluctant to post the various internet rumors regarding Pope Francis. As we have explained, this is due to the advice given by a priest who worked for three (3) popes: “Give no heed to the gibberish you are reading in the press about Pope Francis by totally unqualified journalists.”
We have tried to follow Father’s advice. However, if the following article is true, readers might find it interesting.
Then was the turn of Monsignor Domenico Padovano, the Bishop of Conversano-Monopoli, who told his clergy that the Apulian bishops have complained to the Pope. But what led the bishops of the southern Italian region to complain? About induced abortion, the collapose of the faith, divorce, corruption, organized crime causing suffering, indiscipline and the “completely normal” spread of heresies among theologians and the people? No, nothing like that. The bishops had, so the Archbishop of Padovano, complained to the Pope that the participants in the traditional Mass are causing a split in the Church.
Following the presentation by Bishop Padovano, they wished for Pope Francis to watch over extreme positions of certain traditionalist groups, but also – and probably the most surprising for the plaintiffs – to make use themselves of the treasure of tradition and they should let it live together in the Church with the renewal.
To explain this last point more precisely, the Pope used an example.
Behold: You say that my papal master of ceremonies [Msgr Guido Marini] is of a traditionalist character. And many have asked me about my choice to remove him from office and be replaced. I said no, just that I prefer him to even benefit me by his traditional formation and at the same time, so he is formed in the same way by my emancipated formation.