Please tell me this is a nightmare. Pope Paul VI kept the relics in his private chapel to venerate St. Peter and perhaps to remind himself of what it means to give your life for the Church to the point of shedding your blood. LifeSiteNews reported:
The archbishop said that after the two prayed together at St. Peter’s tomb, the Pope told him he had a “gift for the Church of Constantinople.” The Pope invited the archbishop to accompany him to the Apostolic Palace. There, in the private chapel of the popes, Francis took the reliquary and gave it to Archbishop Job.
“When we entered the chapel,” the Orthodox archbishop said, “Pope Francis explained to me that Pope Paul VI wanted to keep a part of the relics of St. Peter from the Vatican Basilica in his private chapel.”Peter was martyred in Rome. When he was leaving Rome to avoid martyrdom Christ appeared in a vision and told Peter He was going to Rome to be martyred in his place. So what is the significance of this pope rejecting both the opportunity to pray before the relics of St. Peter and sending the remains of St. Peter away from Rome. Is this a judgment on the "holy city?" The reporting above makes it sound so cavalier, as if Pope Francis doesn't value the relics at all. In view of his past contempt for spiritual bouquets and other pious practices, one can reasonably ask whether he believes relics have any value? What does he value more: the relics or the stang presented to him at World Youth Day?
Pope Francis told him: “I no longer live in the Apostolic Palace, I never use this chapel, I never [celebrate] Holy Mass here, and we have St. Peter’s relics in the basilica itself, so it will be better if they will be kept in Constantinople.”
“This is my gift to the Church of Constantinople,” the Pope added, as he handed over the relics. “Please take this reliquary and give it to my brother Patriarch Bartholomew.”
“This gift is not from me, it is a gift from God,” he said.
It's hard to tell what Francis believes, but whatever that is, the relics were not his to give. They are part of the patrimony of the Church. Did he consult anyone before he did it? Maybe, like Bishop Bransfield in Wheeling, he figures all the possessions of the Church are his personal property. This gives me one more reason to NEVER put a nickel in the Peter's Pence collection. The basket was empty when it was passed to me last Sunday and that's how I passed it.
What a change from the days when priests prayed at the foot of the altar about "going in unto the altar of God...who gives joy to my youth" and then approaching the altar in trepidation kissed it to venerate the relics of the saint inside. Do altars even have a relic stone any more?
This is just one more confusing and troubling sign from a pope whose m.o. is confusion and ambiguity. He speaks with a forked tongue and that is certainly not a sign given to us by Christ who said, "Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no."
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
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