Scout’s honor: this fills me with pity for Pope Francis…

“…despite Ricca’s well-documented scandalous past, the Pope has decided that this morally reprehensible character is still the best candidate to represent him in his efforts to clean house at the IOR! To put it mildly, this is problematic. From every possible perspective, the Pope looks bad. Ricca has made him look bad. The parallel powers at the Vatican who concealed Ricca’s past have made him look bad. And it’s just possible that, if Fr. Lombardi can be believed to truly represent the intentions of Pope Francis, the Holy Father has made himself look bad.”

— Philip Blosser, “Dances with Wolves, Vatican Style” http://pblosser.blogspot.com/2013/10/dances-with-wolves-vatical-edition.html#more

His desire to prune and hedge the Curia is very admirable, even noble, but the naivete with which he seems to be going about it is pitiable, if not pitiful. Will Pope Francis find himself ensnared and undermined by Vaticanisti as Benedict XVI did? Let us pray not.

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11 Responses to Scout’s honor: this fills me with pity for Pope Francis…

  1. Dale Price says:

    I had hopes he would be willing to take a few cans of spray to that hornet’s nest, but he’s seems more content thus far to castigate it instead. The Ricca appointment is inexcusable, really: it would have been exactly the right action at exactly the right time to send him packing. And then replace him with some kind of hardcase prosecutor with a background in rooting out corruption–a lay outsider would have been another great shot across the bow.

    It’s early yet, but his administrative chops have yet to show.

  2. Is this more of his erratic hot-cold, good cop/bad cop behavior showing through? Money says Ricca is PRECISELY whom he had in mind with the “who am I to judge ?” reply.

  3. This just looks like more of the same. Like Benedict before him, Francis has no idea how to handle inter-Vatican politics, and its a shame.

  4. Dale Price says:

    I genuinely hope and pray that that’s not the case. Shacking up with the help is a situation that calls for being judgey.

  5. Dale Price says:

    A Churchill jibe about Clement Attlee just jumped into mind: “While the mouse is away, the cats will play.”

  6. Mundabor has his rough edges, to be sure, but he’s got his ear to the track and is pretty even handed in his diagnoses. –> http://mundabor.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/the-pitfalls-of-humbleness/

  7. Actually, the Ricca scandal portrays exactly what’s wrong with the Pope’s teaching on conscience. Because he believes good and evil are defined, in the concrete, by a person’s (X’s) given vision of “good an evil,” as long as X “is of good will,” then X is not doing evil. Despite Ricca’s stupendous antics and objectively wrong choices, the Pope is willing to believe that Ricca is of good will, if for no other reason than he smiles a lot (a sure sign of holiness, that).

  8. jude 1:2-3 says:

    *WARNING* the link to the photo of Ricca and Francis will make your skin (spirit) crawl…http://espresso.repubblica.it/attualita/cronaca/2013/07/18/news/the-prelate-of-the-gay-lobby-1.56796

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