Mania in Albania!

Because priorities: “There were hardly any mass celebrations in Albania this morning because almost all of its priests had gone to the square – where flashes of sunlight alternated with showers – to hear the Pope speak.”

Another telling gem: “May peace be in your homes! May peace reign in your hearts! Peace in your country!” And here I thought it went, “May Christ be in your homes! May Christ reign in your hearts! Christ’s Kingship in your country!”

The Ecumenism of Enthusiasm strikes again: “‘We have a great deal of faith and hope in the Pope’s visit because we believe it can help our country and bring luck,’ said 17-year-old Olsi, a Muslim.”

As for the return flight, which is a papal happening always fraught with intrigue and surprises…

“Referring to the giant posters of martyrs from the communist era, he said: ‘When I saw those photographs, which were not just of Catholics, but also Orthodox and Muslim faithful … they were killed simply because they professed their faith in God. All three communities bore witness to God and now they bear witness to brotherhood.'”

The good news I’ve been told by someone who was there, that the pictures were all of Catholics. The bad news is, this statement by Pope Francis indicates he doesn’t care what he says just to make a point, or that Catholics, Orthodox, and Muslims all just blend together in his worldview. Further evidence that distinctions don’t matter to Francis when the low-hanging rhetorical fruit is so mouth-watering, is that he seems not to know, or care, what the difference is between a martyr and a confessor:

“Finally, Francis admitted he was moved to tears listening to the testimony of a priest who had been locked up in prison for 27 years, during the celebration of the Vespers in Tirana’s cathedral. ‘Hearing a martyr speak about his own martyrdom is a powerful experience. I think we all felt moved. They [the priest and a nun who also told her story, Ed.] spoke so naturally and with such humility that they seemed to be describing someone else’s story.'”


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6 Responses to Mania in Albania!

  1. B.C. comes off the PUP to throw seven T.D. passes

  2. Tony Jokin says:

    So what did Jesus mean when he said “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword.”?

  3. c matt says:

    As far as Airplane Homiletics go, this one seemed one of the least bad. maybe because it was such a short fight.

  4. Branch:

    About those Abbey Roads posts. They’re actually pretty sober and helpful. The confusion in the first post is that distress over Burke’s demotion and Cupich’s elevation, at least in my case, is not based on a fear that the Church will be ruined, but that they are both signals of an aggressively liberalizing trend from the top which will further weaken the faith of confused believers, not undermine “The Church Itself”. So that’s a red herring. Also, insofar as such changes are “the will of God,” well, frankly, Christ’s Passion was also the will of God, so we are still within our rights to point out the fact that these changes are part of the ecclesial passion, even though Catholic unity still behooves us to “offer it up”.

    St. Ligouri’s counsel is extremely compelling, and I do struggle with how to keep faithful readers alert to sloppy indifferentism and doctrinal slippage versus just going into a bunker and not following or discussing the Church at all. We live in a very hard time, but I guess that’s how it’s always been.

  5. Branch says:

    If that’s the case, then I don’t think it’s sober or helpful after all. If there is that kind of confusion and proper distinctions are lacking, then what good is the otherwise pious rhetoric? It comes off to me as reactionary and as blaming the scandalized. It does not wish to grapple with the underlying problem, but instead does essentially force us to bunker down.

    I agree that the counsel is compelling, yet for piece of advice along these lines, couldn’t one counter with Ephesians 5:11 or something similar?

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