Commentary | Opinion
Pope Francis has often said that he welcomes feedback and correction, if necessary. Regarding "Traditions Custodes" Bishop Strickland and other good and holy priests have found Pope Francis' document both confusing and from a Canon Law perspective questionable. Why would the Pope alginate many Catholics who wish to hear the Holy Mass said in latin according to even the last Roman Missal issued by Pope John XX111 in 1982. While at the same time undermining the earlier apostolic letter "Summorum Pontificum"granting greater freedom in parishes where the people were requesting the Tridentine liturgy. No need for permission from Rome, "in order for the faithful to be "harmonized" with the ordinary pastoral care under the governance of the bishop". You may wish to research the facts behind Pope Francis' decision, Later issues that you touch on regarding the Pope's failure to speak out forcibly regarding the German Bishops and Father James Martin, both who contiue to enjoy the Pope's confidence and apparent support at this time add to the confusion. I find Bishop Strickland's comments well with-in bounds in light of these concerns. We need more Bishops and Cardinals either speaking privately with Pope Francis and for the sake of the faithful laity to speak with charity and with clarity so the faithful are not mislead in these turbulent times. Your closing paragraph is well stated and we need to pray for both Pope Francis and for all our Bishops, Cardinals, priest and religious. These are turbulent times, indeed!
I think one factor that deserves comment is the glaring contrast of Rupnik's reassignment almost at the same time as Strickland's removal.
Thanks for this. I needed more insight and this has really helped. Praying for Bishop Strickland & Pope Francis
Thank you for your insight, indeed but I don’t agree with a lot of your arguments against Bishop Strickland but, we’re all entitled to our opinions. Nevertheless, I agree that some of his statements on social media should have been tempered with prudence, caution and slowness. It’s when we respond in haste that we commit errors in decisions, actions despite our good intentions. I believe wholeheartedly Bishop Strickland’s stands on everything he wrote or said in the different ways of modern communications. It’s my guess that he felt compelled to reply to the different concerns of his flock and his faithful followers/ audience because he didn’t want any soul to get lost in the quagmire of confusing encyclicals, pronouncements by Pope Francis off the cuff and without further clarification even despite requests for such information. To me, he truly sees himself as a faithful shepherd/ father of souls the way Our Lord envisioned what a priest/ pastor/ bishop/ archbishop/ cardinal/ pope would behave. Even if he may make mistakes in his decisions, nevertheless his judgment is clear and his intentions is laudable and full of integrity and truth. It is his superiors who are more likely liable to erroneously making judgments and decisions about his removal from his diocesan bishopric. He is, however, being used by God as a martyr for The One,True, Holy, Catholic Faith, just as the Catholic Church is undergoing in its imitation of Christ’s life, in His Passion and Purification of His Orthodox Catholic Church. Thanks.
Thank you for your insight . I appreciate that you make your opinions clear and base them on studying various angles of the situation.