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Pope urges attack on apathy towards corruption

At the end of the World Youth Day week of celebration, the Pope’s Mass had to be moved to the beach of Copacabana due to weather changing the original location into a mud field. The shoreline most famous for night clubs and partying was swamped by over 3 million people enthusiastically greeting the pope and offering up babies to be kissed.

In his sermon Pope Francis encouraged young people who have protested against corruption to continue their efforts, fight apathy and offer a christian response. Many young people in Brazil have taken this as support for peaceful change, not a crusade. I agree that there cannot be apathy to corruption, but as for religion, that is a different matter.

Meanwhile, back in Rome, the media are being anything but apathetic towards Pope Francis and have been busy digging up dirt. The Italian clergyman hand-picked by Pope Francis to be papal delegate for the Vatican Bank, Battista Ricca, had a damning story published in the Italian press just days before the pope left for Brazil. The article charged that while Battista served in Uruguay from 1999 to 2001, he had a live-in male lover, cruised gay bars and brought a young man back to the Vatican embassy and ended up trapped in an elevator with him overnight. So far, Battista has retained his position. Additionally journalists have discovered that a woman Pope Francis appointed to a commission to study reform in the Vatican, Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui, while having excellent credentials, has issued some Tweets critical of the church. And just to round it off, the media published a letter allegedly written by Nunzio Scarano, the former Vatican accountant, arrested for his part in a plot to smuggle $26 million in cash, to Pope Francis protesting his innocence. He claims to have documents to show Pope Francis secretly, which will prove that he only acted under the direction of his superiors.

So I guess Pope Francis will not be going home for a rest. There’s a lot going on.

One Response to Pope urges attack on apathy towards corruption

  • Oh thanks, Bill, like I have a soliuton to ecclesiology? Were that so, I’d also have the unified field theory of physics in my pocket too!All of us, here at PTB, CMAA, NLM and even RCaeli or whatever acronymns we spout our intensities need to realize we play for the same team ultimately, and must subsume our inclinations to dwell in symptoms rather than soliutons to the root ailments. Yes, at first blush that’s Pollyanna naivete. But e’en that, followed by through Christ our Lord puts the Enemy at bay.My personal hero priest, an infirm OSB finishing his journey in solitude with nurses in residence in Tucson, taught me this most invaluable lesson in homiletics, he a devotee of Fulton Sheen: the finest preaching is that which is intended for oneself. His mother used to bust his chops for coming off in the pulpit as a faux Sheen. But the maxim is true.As our phantom conscience, KLS, has systematically reminded us, the echo chamber of cyberfame and the great echo chambers can effect a change, or magnify our flaws, in our basic raison d’etres. It pains me to observe that at some point our good (I mean GOOD) friend Allan started mingling his Q factor with his convictions and the good rationale was amended on the fly with his rising following and the lamentable joke about being a Pre-Cog clairvoyant, which then became a free-standing tenet and foil for many premises advanced here and at SO.But none of that means his mission, work and intent has gone south of Macon. It seems to me that the exchanges between the blogs is like an existential poker game, everyone pretending that by bluffing, calling, raising stakes, challenging character and dignity (so repugnant) and all that we play here actually is real. Whose face is on the coins we wager? Either our own or some other Caesar’s, but not His.We are losing face, ironically, in the world stage. We are not holding center. We are not founded in humility and grace among our own baptized and confirmed. And our follies here, and at both NCR’s and elsewhere only add to our chaos.So, you ask me, what is our soliuton? We (I) must start by always pressing stop on the narrative in my mind about what is correct, what isn’t, what is intellectually infallible, and what is a fool’s wisdom, and listen to each other. And I am the worst offender in that realm of sin.It seems to me that all of us, in all camps arguing hot air in the western, unexiled and unpersecuted Church of the West, have taken our cues from Herod Antipas, and will demand the head of whatever truth teller annoys us if there’s just the slightest of carnal satisfaction and an ant hill’s triumph.We who claim Christ’s mandate to love God totally, and then the fellow next to us as if s/he were Christ, must re-discipline ourselves to that maxim 24/7, particularly here on the web, which ain’t called the web for nothing.No one here is the Enemy. And moreso, no one here is gifted with any more dignity and hope of redemption than any other. And we must swallow that, digest it, become it and exemplify it here, there and everywhere.Communion, I suppose, is what we call it.

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