“Only prayer can defeat [the devil],” said the statement. “The Russian mystics and the great saints of all traditions advised, in moments of spiritual turbulence, to protect themselves under the mantle of the Holy Mother of God by pronouncing the invocation Sub Tuum Praesidium.”
“Four legs good, two legs better!” (George Orwell, Animal Farm)
And yet he sneered at the Rosary Bouquet of the faithful not too long ago.
You poor chaps are self-immolating on the bonfires of your own hatred.
Well, hang out the bunting!
It's only taken him five and a half years but he has finally said something identifiably catholic. Now all he's got to do is devote a little less time to making a mess and a little more time to following his own advice. It'll do him good. Really!
This is called gaslighting. Look it up.
He's a con artist who needs to reform his base of support.
Let joined him with together to pray the Rosaries, God knows his heart, and we don't.
@Lita Canaman: He is as slippery as an eel.
Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.
100% spot on with that observation...congrats. Most faithful Catholics know Francis as not only slippery as an eel, but as a phoney and a hypocrite, not to mention a heretic.
If he believes in the Rosary, then I'm going to succeed Trump as president in 2020!!!
Francis degraded the tradition of saying the Rosary and other private traditional Catholic prayers dozens of times....subtly of course. He's ridiculed, insulted, and attempted to de-legitimize the Rosary and many other Catholic traditions in the name of "updating".
The "devil" or "Great deceiver" he is mentioning is not Satan, but the great and courageous Archbishop Vigano.
I think most faithful Catholics who know the score can read right thru Francis words and see him for the insincere hypocrite he really is. As you said, he's slippery as an eel. True, very true. As we all know too well!
Vigano is a shallow, self-absorbed pimp. And, furthermore, Francis has never mocked the Rosary just those obsessive compulsive Catholics who are locked into cycles of grovelling and self-loathing that are little different from spinning prayer wheels rituals.
@Peter W: Nope.
Those "obsessive-compulsive" Catholics are the good people who produced over the centuries our greatest saints, most of our religious Orders, and millions of faithful, prayerful Catholic families who loved the Church and suffered and died if need be for it. Those "obsessive-compulsive" practices , and the traditional Latin Mass, are what kept the Catholic Church flourishing until the 1960's.
As for spinning prayer wheels, I've been to Tibet, and to Nepal and Dharmsala, where the Dalai Lama lives in exile. I was one of the very few foreigners allowed into Tibet with two friends while we were on a photo shoot in China. I made a polite request if I could visit there, since at the time we would be in China a few months. The provincial/Government officials were reluctant at first, but allowed us as private citizens to go, strictly guided by government/military approved tour guides. We were not allowed into the Potala palace, nor to roam around unescorted. But I did see dozens of maroon robed monks, and many pilgrims "spinning prayer wheels". The prayer wheels are inscribed with Buddhist mantras, and other prayers . In my mind, it would be a good thing for Catholics to take up that tradition, with the prayer wheels inscribed with a "Hail Mary" or other prayers of course. Of course nothing is better than the Rosary!
But those "spinning prayer wheels" which you insult have kept the faith of these people alive, just as the traditional Catholic prayers Pope Francis degrades keep our Faith alive.
Not to insult you, Peter, but I'll bet you are British. Knowing my history,I know that the British (both governmental officials,military, and especially Protestant missionaries) in the end of the 19th century to early 20th degraded the religious and cultural traditions of their subject peoples throughout their empire. Lunatic bible-thumping British and American Protestant missionaries considered the people as not much more than barbarians, or worse, sub-human. They broke into Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrives and smashed everything to pieces, all in the name of proclaiming the "Christian gospel". They did more harm, to plant the seeds of rebellion and civil war...and the first cracks in the British empire, than any government edict coming from London in Victorian times.
Your disparaging remark about "prayer wheels" reminded me of that attitude. The Protestant British considered their race/culture/kingdom and above all religion far superior to that of the Chinese or Indians. But where are they now? The Anglican Church in Britian is a dying remnant of the days of Victorian Empire. Less than a million, out of roughly 30 million in England who profess Anglican Faith go to Church. ALL the Anglican religious Orders of "priests, monks and nuns" are dying out. None were very big, most never got past the 80-100 membership mark. But now most can only boast at most, 20-30 members each, if that many. Like the radical liberal Catholic Orders of sisters, their average age is in the high 70's and early 80's.
So don't degrade the tradition of the Buddhist prayer wheel for those who love it, or our "obsessive-compulsive" Catholic traditions for us that love them. It's what keeps the Catholic Church alive despite Pope Francis and his agenda and people.
By the way, did you see him on the way back from Estonia on the plane? He looks like he's aged 20 years over the last few months.....frail and weak.
The problems exist long times ago,if Pope Benedict knows the problem long times ago, He should do more stiffer penalties, that just steps down, and handed the problem to him "just like that,take care of this ,it all your, just like that, Very. Sad.
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