Sunday, September 27, 2015

Criticizing the Pope

There is a VAST difference between the following two statements

1) I WISH Pope Francis would say __________________________________


2) Pope Francis SHOULD BE saying ________________________________

The Church says that ONE MAN is in position to be guided by the Holy Spirit on what to say, when to say it, and on what not to say and when not to say it.  That is the Pope.

If you've decided that the Pope should be saying something that he's not, that is a VERY DANGEROUS manifestation of spiritual pride, and, to put it simply, you should check yourself, particularly if you are a Catholic.

A person who is saying #2 above has NO IDEA what the Holy Spirit is putting on Pope Francis' heart.  We may get to Heaven one day and there see that the Holy Spirit was putting something on Pope Francis' heart, and Pope Francis ignored it (and that will likely be something we'll all see happened to all of us at some point) but to say you KNOW that the Holy Spirit IS putting something on Pope Francis' heart, and that you KNOW he's not responding properly is simultaneously arrogant and ignorant and is to claim powers of insight that no human person actually has.

We know, as Catholics, that there are certain things that the Holy Father will never come out and say, but beyond that, in terms of what the Holy Spirit is telling the Holy Father to address, we can only ever guess.  Until we're made Pope.

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