According to a tweet by Msgr. Ferrari, a priest who lives and works in Rome, the Chinese woman was begging the pope to help the Chinese people. Keep in mind that Francis threw faithful Chinese and their underground bishops under the bus in an incredible betrayal. The persecution since then has intensified even for government-appointed churches. You can see Msgr. Ferrari's tweet here. When asked who his source was, he said it was a Chinese priest working in Rome who spoke to the woman.
Note the woman making the sign of the cross as the pope approaches and observe how he is greeting everyone and then abruptly turns away just before getting to her. What do you think? Did he see her out of the corner of his eye make the sign of the cross? Is that why he reacted so furiously slapping her away. Was the sign of the cross more offensive than her firm hand grasp?
That's what it looks like to me.
Pope Francis says he welcomes questions? Does anyone outside his worship circle really believe him any more?
Has he answered any questions coming from concerned Catholics? You know...those rigid pharisees who hear and listen to the psalms: "Blessed the man who fears the Lord and takes delight in His commandments." (Psalm 112:1)
Francis appears to hold in contempt those of us who "love the law of the Lord and meditate on it all day long." (Psalm 119:97) He continuously admonishes us while he gives honors to those who dissent from God's law and scandalize continuously. Remember his private interview with Fr. James Martin, heretic extraordinaire?
I've actually been thinking about questions for the pope ever since I read an article in The Arlington Catholic Herald about my bishop's ad limina visit to Rome. The article actually made me feel physically ill. Ad limina visits are confidential so perhaps the bishops, including Michael Burbidge, actually did ask the pope challenging questions.
Frankly....I seriously doubt it.
In the interview Burbidge described the meeting in gushing tones-- like meeting a celebrity. Here's what he said:
First of all, [the pope] greeted all of us individually. We were also able to bring in our seminarians. They didn't stay for the meeting but [the pope] shook hands with each one of them. So that was a great honor. One of the seminarians has been here for four years and it's the first time he met the pope. So I was so happy for that.He elaborated on what especially impressed him about the meeting:
The first was the amount of time he spent with us -- over two and a half hours. So that's a pretty lengthy conversation. There were times during the conversation, where I was just sitting there almost pinching myself, we're here with the Holy Father like in a living room, like a parlor. It was beautiful....And the second -- of just how fraternal it was. And that's what he said in the beginning. He wanted it to be brothers talking to brothers. And so, if its' to be a fruitful conversation and dialogue, he said we have to be honest with each other, we have to trust each other and we have to speak confidentially. This is a family discussion in a sense. He wanted it to be heart-to-heart, and we could ask him any question we wanted.Sooo....did anyone ask the pope the dubia questions? How fraternal was the pope with the four cardinals asking the questions? How much of a "brother" has he been to any bishops expressing concern over his spreading confusion and ambiguity and scandal? Did Bishop Burbidge or any of his confreres ask about Pachamama and the desecration of the Vatican garden and St. Peter's? Did anyone urge the pope to make reparation for what happened and apologize to Catholics for all his disparaging remarks about us? Or are we just collateral damage?
And then this:
So, it was a very natural conversation, and he responded to every question openly, humbly. [He] interjected some humor into the conversation but it was just so real, so down to earth, and to every bishop who was in that room we all left so encouraged. We knew he was listening to us, our struggles and our blessings. He offered us good words of wisdom of how to exercise our ministry. Every one of us said we left there just kind of renewed and inspired. I'll forever treasure that moment.....I'm just trying to open my heart to receive the graces that God wants to give me and the messages he wants to speak to me so that we come home stronger in our commitment to be faithful as the successor of the Apostles and faithful as a servant and as a bishop...I really have been feeling many graces and blessings, and I've been praying for all the faithful in our diocese -- our priests, our deacons, religious, lay faithful and seminarians -- and praying at every Mass for them and their intentions.Here's the full interview if you want to watch it:
This saccharine interview coming after the abomination of pagan idol worship in Rome, not to mention the horrible treatment of good priests here in Arlington, several of whom I know personally just made me feel literally sick.
I have a nephew/godson in Raleigh, Bishop Burbidge's previous diocese and I have friends and colleagues there as well. Bishop Burbidge had a number of scandals. Anyone attending Mass at the Outer Banks in Nags Head is familiar with that horrible parish. We spent many summer weeks there and had to stop going to daily Mass because it made us so angry. We suffered through Sunday Mass to fulfill our obligation, but "suffer" was the word for it especially when the congregation moved across the aisles to hold hands for the Our Father and we were instructed to stand throughout Communion until everyone received. No kneeling for Jesus allowed! Obviously we ignored that.
And my godson had horror stories about his Raleigh parish as well including a priest who told the congregation he would not say, "Lord, I am not worthy," because he was worthy. Can you make this stuff up?
|Diocese of Arlington Chancery Building -- The growing bureaucracy!|
And now Arlington is advertising for a COO (Chief Operating Officer) to put another layer of bureaucracy between the bishop and the people.
When Bishop Keating was alive the chancery had two floors in the multi story building. Now it not only occupies the entire building, but has outgrown it and has offices in other locations as well.
If you read my blog regularly, you know that Bishop Burbidge was the secretary of the Papal Foundation, the organization that scandalously gave $25 million to a dermatology hospital in Rome at Pope Francis' request. While Burbidge was secretary, disgraced bishop of Wheeling, Michael Bransfield was president and Cardinal Donald Wuerl was Chairman of the Board with Theodore McCarrick among the board members. For more about the Foundation read these Les Femmes posts here and here and here and here.
Excuse me if I'm not rushing to join Bishop Burbidge's cheering section. And this cloying interview did nothing to secure my confidence that Bishop Burbidge will help clean up the Church. As far as I can tell from recent incidents, he will happily throw good priests under the bus rather than defend them. That is no way to treat your spiritual sons. I tell my priest friends, "Watch your backs. All it takes is one false accusation from a disgruntled liberal Catholic parishioner and you will be out in a flash." And I certainly can't see Bishop Burbidge engaging in fraternal correction of Pope Francis. Can you?