Cardinal Raymond Burke and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput are quoted in the Christian Times that they believe he is not providing leadership. The Australian Cardinal George Pell is raising the possibility that Francis might be a “false pope”.
This is a certainly a Pope with opinions. The kind that doesn’t go down that well with the establishment. – Look at these ailments he identified in the curia. I thought that either there must be loads of Irish Builder-Boomers in the curia, or powerful people in large institutions just can have a lot of traits in common.
Where would you find people who are being “rivals or boastful”, when “one’s appearance, the color of one’s vestments or honorific titles become the primary objective of life”? Or those suffering from ‘existential schizophrenia’, “losing contact with reality and concrete people”, “a sickness that academic degrees cannot fill”? Do you know people committing the ‘terrorism of gossip’? There are certainly loads of people around who “glorify one’s bosses”, who “court their superiors”, those who are “victims of careerism and opportunism”.
If you want to help people, take responsibility for their welfare, support a caring health system, then you cannot do this with people who have primarily either votes or money on their mind. It’s not a competition. It’s not about who is going to win at the cost of others.
Pádraig is continuing with his training. Regularly. Continuously. Getting better. Sitting up in the wheelchair, eating and drinking, breathing with a capped cannula, having a go on the viva la MOTOMed. And new ‘firsts’ at regular intervals. He is sailing down the stream on the Dreamboat, and he believes that things can change.
I know that many of you will be part of this!