Pope Francis: “Don’t complain to me!”

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Somewhere in the avalanche of articles and blog posts about The Big Interview, a writer I don’t remember chose to emphasize this passage:

“The dicasteries of the Roman Curia are at the service of the pope and the bishops,” he says. “They must help both the particular churches and the bishops’ conferences. They are instruments of help. In some cases, however, when they are not functioning well, they run the risk of becoming institutions of censorship. It is amazing to see the denunciations for lack of orthodoxy that come to Rome. I think the cases should be investigated by the local bishops’ conferences, which can get valuable assistance from Rome. These cases, in fact, are much better dealt with locally. The Roman congregations are mediators; they are not middlemen or managers.”

Indeed, this is an astonishing statement. These appeals go to Rome, presumably, because the bishops are already unresponsive. Often enough the bishops themselves are enabling and even promulgating the “lack of orthodoxy” (i.e., heresy). And now he wants turn these cases back over to the bishops? What is this but a total abdication of Rome’s responsibility to guard the deposit of Faith? Tragically and inexplicably, Pope Francis is more worried about “censorship” than heresy.

For decades now, the only thing that kept many Catholics going in chronically bad parishes was the knowledge that, at least, there was pope in Rome who “had their backs”. Well, they’ve just been cut loose. We’ve all been cut loose. Pope Francis is right about one thing: we’re all going to need to learn “new ways” of being Catholic under this pontificate.


5 thoughts on “Pope Francis: “Don’t complain to me!”

  1. Reblogged this on Catholic4Life and commented:
    “The Errors of Vatican II, cannot be more crystal clear, then what we are experiencing today!” Pope Francis needs to convert back to Catholicism or step down. Francis claims he is humble but he jumps into the spotlight every chance he gets!! “He is making one Hell of Mess!! I am not hearing people are leaving the Church and that this was the last straw. What a disappointment this pontificate has been!


  2. Didn’t Pope Francis just defrock some priest for promoting gay issues and women priests? I think the idea is subsidiarity – that local churches do a better job policing themselves. But it’s obvious Francis, from the action he recently took, is willing to be the discipliner.


  3. Pingback: “This enters in one ear and goes out the other.” – Pope Francis on reports of heresy « New Sherwood

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