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Pope: "have the courage to go against the tide"

It is not pastoral creativity, or meetings or planning that ensure our fruitfulness, but our being faithful to Jesus, who says insistently: “Abide in me and I in you” (Jn 15:4). And we know well what that means: to contemplate him, to worship him, to embrace him, especially through our faithfulness to a life of prayer, and in our daily encounter with him, present in the Eucharist and in those most in need.
Unfortunately, in many places, generally in this economic humanism that prevails in the world, the culture of exclusion, of rejection, is spreading. There is no place for the elderly or for the unwanted child; there is no time for that poor person on the edge of the street. At times, it seems that for some people, human relations are regulated by two modern “dogmas”: efficiency and pragmatism. Dear Bishops, priests, religious and you, seminarians who are preparing for ministry: have the courage to go against the tide. Let us not reject this gift of God which is the one family of his children. Encountering and welcoming everyone, solidarity... this is a word that in this culture is being hidden away, as if it was a swear word... solidarity and fraternity: these are what make our society truly human.
Holy Mass with Bishops, Rio de Janeiro
July 27, 2013


  1. His Holiness said:

    "solidarity and fraternity: these are what make our society truly human."

    Hmmmmmmmmm...not so much.

    Christ said, "I am the Truth"; He did not say "I am the custom."

    -- Saint Toribio Romo González

  2. As with many things in the Church these days it's like the game with the fortune cookie. You add the little phrase at the end. Solidarity "in the Catholic Church" or "under the same authority of the Pope, the vicar of Christ" or unity and peace "in the one, true Catholic Church outside of which no one can be saved." or Union with Jesus "through the sacraments, consummately the Blessed Eucharist." We have to mentally add these phrases to complete what is said. Otherwise it is false ecumenism or humanism. I just make the addition and much of what is said is orthodox.

  3. Poor seminarians who go against the tide get kicked out-or reprimanded seriously. These words are too important for sound bite talks.

  4. Anonymous4:33 PM

    Long Skirts,

    Your criticism makes no sense whatsoever.

  5. The clarion call sounds very much like the French Revolution's: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity". The Pope's "revolution", however, does not include any hint of "equality" for Traditional Catholics, of course. And "liberty" refers to "religious freedom" as describe in VII documents, and "fraternity" does not include SSPX. Bishop Bergoglio's church does not include everyone, obviously. It is highly exclusionary and discriminating. Holy Mother of God, pray for us!

  6. Antiochensis said...

    "Long Skirts,

    Your criticism makes no sense whatsoever."

    Those words, "solidarity" & "fraternity" are the "custom" red-flag words of today and they are not "what make our society truly human."

  7. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Part of the problem seems to be: either give me everything I want or I will take my ball and go home. This solves nothing. Let's focus on the good things our Holy Father is doing, and leave the criticism aside, shall we?

    I grew up in a traditionalist home, and unfortunately, I can't say I find it in retrospect very edifying. There was lots of criticism and little charity. And quite frankly, in our own area, it's the Novus Ordo people and the Traditionalists associated with the diocese/FSSP who are out praying in front of Planned Parenthood and doing a lot of other things to put Faith into action.

    We don't always get what we want when we want it. There were some things my family members were up in arms about twenty years ago and they went off in a huff to an independent priest, where there is no accountability or line of hierarchy. Twenty years later, the things that they hoped would happen finally did happen. But are they pleased? Nope, she claims it is now "too late". It is a clear-cut case of "I want it my way or never".

    We criticized everybody and everything in the past, and what we got was disunity, suspicion, people who spread lies about one another. Even right now in our SSPX parish, there are people who have left over the prospective reconciliation with Rome (which didn't happen) and they are spreading the most absurd rumors that would be hilarious if they weren't so sad -- and sinful, as well.

    It is well to keep in mind that calumny and rumor-spreading are sins against the eighth commandment.

  8. I don't get some of you...

  9. There are many groups and individuals within the Church who have been, for the last 45 years, re-ordering, what has been dis-ordered in the Church and society. Thus, traditionalists have been going against the tide and shaking things up in their dioceses for a very long time. This is old news to most of us. Of course, that isn't at all what this pope is talking about.

    And the beat goes on...


  10. Anonymous7:26 PM

    Dictionary definition of "solidarity":

    Webster - unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards

    Oxford - unity or agreement of feeling or action, esp. among individuals with a common interest

    Dictionary definition of "fraternity":

    Webster - a group of people associated or formally organized for a common purpose; the quality or state of being brothers

    Oxford - group or company with common interests; being fraternal, brotherliness (meaning, suitable to a brother

    A strict dictionary definition reveals that nothing "radical" is said here. They may be "buzzwords" by some, but reasonable thought shows that there is absolutely nothing wrong with these words. However, because they have been used by those who often use them to justify ignoring other important things, there is a tendency amongst traditionalists to immediately go up in arms if they hear these me, I know, I live with family members who do this all the time.

    Just because they are so-called "red flags" doesn't mean they should not ever be used if someone believes he can make his point best by using them.

    I learned years ago that people sometimes use the accusation of "red flag" as an excuse to discredit everything a person is saying and ignore other very important aspects of Catholic life that they should not.

  11. I can't understand how or why you find fault with the Pope's inspiring address to the clergy and seminarians. What are you trying to do?

    Do you want every address to be an Encyclical, bolted down on every side to exclude any possible misinterpretation? Be content with this holy pastor, encouraging his clergy in love for prayer and the Eucharist, and in concern for the ungodly.

    Tony McGough

  12. Agreed. It's this constant critique which leads even tradition friendly priests to avoid going deeper into these groups.

  13. Think it's time for a vacation from Catholic blogs--the trolls are mounting vicious attacks against even the most benign observations. What one usually finds in serious discussion and charitable comments has simply gone up in smoke. It really is the spirit of 1789!

  14. I don't see anything wrong or even slightly heretical in this excerpt from the Holy Father. Sometimes, I think we traditional Catholics are our own worse enemies.


  15. The Franciscans should take this advice to heart and "go against the tide". Stick with the EF Mass.


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