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There is considerable concern amongst Roman Catholics over the behavior of Pope Francis 1 since he was elected Pope some six months ago in spite of Pope Benedict still being alive, living in the Vatican and having only resigned not abdicated as Pope.  Some blogs have been quite scathing in their articles regarding his behavior and those articles generated comments that were quite vicious about changes he has made to date.

Well some things never change and Pope Francis 1 - as have Popes in the past - shows that the quality of mercy and forgiveness depends not on Jesus Christ's guidelines on how to lead ones life but the politics of man.  An example:

On October 11, 2013 Erich Priebke died at the age of 100 years and was due to have his Roman Catholic funeral at Albano Laziale, Italy.  However there were protests, security concerns and then Pope Francis 1 refused to allow his funeral in a Roman Catholic Church.

This is interesting because Pope Francis 1 knows of Erich Priebke quite well due to the fact that he lived in Argentina for 50 years after World War 2.  Priebke had served in the Schutzstaffel as a Hauptsturmführer and had been granted asylum by the Argentine Government after WW2 travelling there on a Vatican Travel Document.  However he was betrayed by another Nazi - to protect himself - to ABC reporter Sam Donaldson.  One can read the complete history in Wikipedia® so we shall not repeat it here. 

The point is of course here we have this supposedly liberal, modernist - whatever that means - Pope Francis 1 - who is an Argentine National of Italian descent - cannot find it in his priestly heart to forgive as Jesus Christ did on many occasions.  This is the Pope who on other occasions has lectured persons both within the Roman Catholic Church and without it on how to behave to follow and keep Jesus Christ's guidelines on life.  Pope Francis 1 appears to be confused in his knowledge of how Jesus Christ behaved, confused in how to behave in his leadership role as Pope, is making decisions in a panic mode and setting an appalling example as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church to all Christians.  We are supposed to pay attention to such a man ?

"Catholicism is about mercy and forgiveness" - .  This is not a case of one being a traditional thus fairly conservative Roman Catholic or a liberal "modernist" Roman Catholic, it is case of one being a decent Christian doing their best to follow the guidelines of Jesus Christ and forgiving - yes even a war criminal such as Hauptsturmführer Priebke.

Count D. Peter Boucher, Kt. SMOM.


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