Thursday, 12 March 2015

Did Pope Francis really say this? The Vatican must clear the air, now!

Reprinted below is the report from the Daily Mail featuring the interview with a childhood friend of Pope Francis. The man alleges that the Pope will allow "priests to marry" and the approved of Holy Communion for someone living "common-law."
Some comments first.
A celibate priesthood in the western Church is a discipline. Eastern priests can be married as can those coming in from the Ordinariate. However, priests cannot "get married." Ever! Never in the history of the Church were priests allowed to "get married" East or West. What was permitted and is in the East and in the Orthodox and by exception in the Latin Rite, is for already "married men" to be ordained as priests.
No Pope, in my view, has the moral authority to make such a decision. He may have juridical authority as the Supreme Pontiff but to do so would be an outrage. Nothing short of an Ecumenical Council should ever consider such a drastic change and good grief, don't call a Council!
If this is a back door to let back in those priests of Corpus and the rest of those Judases who could not live up to their vows and left to marry, then we are headed for disaster. If my own second cousin, former member of the Resurrectionist Fathers was ever de-laicised, I would publicly out my Arian heretic second cousin right here and I would do it by name. He denies the Divinity of Christ and most of them probably do. He is a disgrace to his Lebanese heritage and was the shame of his late mother and when he said grace at my sisters house the last time I saw him, I interrupted him to invoke the Holy Trinity, which that Arian denies.
If this report is true, we are in even more serious trouble than imagined. The fault for this confusion and distress amongst the faithful lies with Pope himself. This is what he can expect for being so imprudent with interviews, name-calling and the disturbance of souls through those whom he keeps  close.
The Holy Father has an obligation to speak on this issue, in fact, I have the perfect question asked recently to my by someone in the Apostolic Palace; I would ask, Holy Father "what are your intentions?"

EXCLUSIVE: Pope wants to scrap centuries-old ban on priests marrying and told divorced woman 'living in sin' that she COULD receive Holy Communion, claims confidante

  • Oscar Crespo, a childhood friend of the Pope, said the pontiff revealed his 'priorities' for his papacy during a visit to the Vatican in October
  • Mr Crespo, 77, from Buenos Aires, claimed the Pope told him he wanted to allow priests to marry because the law is 'archaic'
  • The Pope also told him to pass a message to a woman 'living in sin' who had been divorced that she could receive Holy Communion again
  • Argentinian teacher Claudia Garcia Larumbe told Mail Online she was 'speechless' after receiving the message from the Pope
  • The Vatican said that 'if' the Pope had these conversations they were private and 'does not have
    By Matt Roper In Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Published: 10:04 GMT, 12 March 2015 Updated: 10:19 GMT, 12 March 2015
A childhood friend of Pope Francis has claimed that he intends to overturn the centuries-old ban on Catholic priests from getting married and that he told a divorcee 'living in sin' that she could receive Holy Communion.
The Pope considers the law on priestly celibacy 'archaic' and 'not part of the doctrine of the Church', according to the confidante.
The friend also claimed the Argentinian-born pope also vowed to reform another Catholic rule which bars divorced people in new relationships from taking the Holy Communion, MailOnline can reveal.
According to Oscar Crespo, Pope Francis said that changing the Catholic law which bars civil divorcees from taking a full part in church life is the 'number one priority' of his papacy.
Crespo said that the Pope, 78, also sent a message to a divorced woman 'living in sin' with a new partner assuring her that she was free to confess and receive the Eucharist.
The Catholic Church doesn't recognise divorce, considering that anyone who remarries or starts a sexual relationship with another person other than the one they first married is committing adultery.
Taking Holy Communion while in a state of sin is considered an even graver sin.
Argentinian teacher Claudia Garcia Larumbe had sent a message to the Pope via Mr Crespo asking if she really was excluded from confessing or taking communion after moving in with her new partner.
After Mr Crespo reminded the Pope that church law 'forbids' divorcees in new relationships from partaking in the holy sacraments, Francis said: 'Just tell her the Pope said that she can'.
Ms Larumbe, 39, told Mail Online she was 'speechless and emotional' after receiving the Holy Father's personal dispensation to partake in the key Catholic sacraments.
The full story can be read here:

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