Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Something Worth Reading

As the Vatican II generation continues to die off, it is so often a relief to see young people with real ardor for our holy religion replacing them. One of these, apparently, is Matthew Walther. His latest piece at The Week is well worth reading.

It is regrettable, however, that Mr. Walther holds Pope John Paul II in such high regard. That the Holy Father had no gift for governance and thereby failed at his duty as pope is beyond dispute. Mr. Walther is to be commended, nonetheless, for in effect calling Mr. Pence to repentance. We at the EF second that call.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is worth reading
http://callmejorgebergoglio.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-symbolism-of-gifts-francis-received.html?m=1

Unknown said...

Seriously? Pence left the Novus Ordo for Evangelical Christianity. To many of us---both are equally Protestant.

Not impressed said...

St John Paul II was not perfect - none of us is - but if he had 'no gift for governance' (on which point he might well agree) he had more gifts, and used them well, than most of us.

He loved Christ and his Church ardently and exceptionally, and sacrificed his whole life for Him.Jibes about him made by greatly inferior men - especially in contexts where they are unnecessary - are risible.

St John Paul II is among the great men of the Church and of history. He is a great saint. May he pray for us.

Amos said...

The “not perfect” tripe is the lamest, over used excuse for the failure of the unsaintly John Paul II. If one can become a “saint” with imperfections, then why not go ahead and canonization everyone? “WELL, HE DID ALL THESE GOOD THINGS LOL” Yawn. Tons of people do great things, but they should not models of imitation. What is horrible is that JPII did things against the Catholic faith AND these public things had no public correction. THAT is why it is a sad ordeal.

People have constructed a phantom image of John Paul II, thinking he was orthodox and traditional. This type of deception may help naive people’s faith; it helps them form an image of some who appears to be saintly and heroic so they can imitate him. But, when they come to read the awful things he did *against the faith* they will be either scandalized or fall into error or perhaps heresy because they have to accept the horrible things he did (e.g. Assisi, Koran kissing, asking St. John the Baptist to protect Islam, liturgical abuse, promoting bad theologians, etc).

This problem was produced by people like you. Now, Catholics will have to clean up this mess one day once this time bomb explodes.

joannis said...

"If ye, who art evil, cannot forgive my servant John Paul II his sins, neither will my Heavenly Father forgive thee thy sins!"

TM said...

With all due, the unattributed quote does nothing for you best case.

TM said...

If these were the only two choices then he should be commended at least for common sense instead of bewailed for the reverse. "Protestantism: great saints. Less shilling" Not to mention you can be "In like Flynn"Heaven and otherwise. If he were a really good ship jumper, he'd have went Wicca. Better booze, better parties..


This way at least he still "believes in/on Jesus". Has to count for something in Scandaland…I guess.

TM said...

Josef Stalin wasn't perfect…

…but at least he wasn't notably "gifted" in passing himself off as some haloed Teddy Bear.

Tancred said...

More of a deified one.

Unknown said...

Of course we should forgive. We all fall short. That's not the point!

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