Reports of the foul-mouthed heresy of Pope Francis

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The case of the words spoken by the Pope at the 10 December meeting with the Barcelona seminarians is mounting. Instead of reading the beautiful speech published on the Vatican website, Bergoglio is said to have spoken off the cuff, denying (again) the need for repentance in order to grant absolution. And pronouncing, according to testimonies collected by Germinans Germinabit, even vulgar expressions. Urgent clarification from the Vatican Press Office.

The first to report the news was the Catalan blog Germinans Germinabit, edited by a lawyer from Barcelona, very attentive to the facts of the Church, especially in Catalonia, then taken up and translated by Aldo Maria Valli (see here). In the article Lo que dijo (y lo que no) el Papa a los seminaristas de Barcelona, dated 12 December, some rather worrying statements and expressions by Pope Francis are reported. Let us take them in order.

On Saturday, 10 December, the Pope met with the community of seminarians of Barcelona, together with the auxiliary Bishop of the diocese, Msgr. Javier Vilanova Pellisa. On the Vatican website, the speech that the Holy Father would have addressed to the seminarians is reported; a beautiful reflection centred on the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of priestly life, inspired by the luminous figure of Saint Manuel González García (1877-1940), zealous pastor of the Eucharist, known as the “bishop of the abandoned Tabernacles”, and author of a book that has become a classic of Spanish-speaking seminaries, Lo que puede un cura hoy.

However, this speech was never delivered by the Holy Father; and it was never officially known what the Pope would have actually said in his place: no hint from the official Vatican press office. This was revealed by the Spanish blog, after receiving testimonies from seminarians present. We contacted the source and ascertained that it is in possession of the testimonial evidence of seminarians and teachers who were more than perplexed by the Pope’s utterances. So, according to their testimony, Francis took the text that had been prepared and set it aside, saying that “it would have been boring” and he would have preferred to have been asked questions instead. The most problematic answer as to content was the one in which he invited future priests never to deny absolution. According to one seminarian, the Pope is reported to have invited them “not to be clerical, to forgive everything”. More precisely, he would have added that “if we see that there is no intention to repent, we must forgive all. We can never deny absolution, because we become a vehicle for an evil, unjust and moralistic judgement”.

The Pope’s alleged statement of his belief would confirm what he had already told the Rectors and teachers of Latin American seminaries, a month before the encore offered to Catalan seminarians, calling priests who deny absolution “delinquents”. Even then, Francis had set aside a 12-page speech, justifying that it was “a heavy thing” and had spoken off the cuff. And, even then, the Pope had used some unhappy expressions: ‘The priest, the seminarian, the priest must be “close”. Close to whom? To the girls of the parish? And some of them are, they are close, then they get married, that’s fine’. With the Barcelona seminarians, however, it seems that the joke with an inappropriate double meaning has turned into language that would embarrass a docker. From what some of the seminarians report, the Pope is said to have spoken of “those who climb only to show their own a**e”, of “f***ing careerists who screw the lives of others”, and other such pleasantries. Then the insistence not to be rigid, not to be clerical, another leitmotif of Francis’ speeches. Again, the ‘examples’ the Pope is said to have pointed out to the seminarians: ‘Priests who have fallen into grave sins but have acknowledged them, priests who do not dress as priests but are with people, a transsexual and a gay man’.


Reports of the foul-mouthed heresy of Pope Francis

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