I love this guy so much

For years, I’ve listened to people complain (with justice) that bishops often seem to specialize in a sort of churchy jargon that doesn’t pack much of a rhetorical wallop.

That doesn’t seem to be Francis’ problem:

Pope Francis:  Corrupt should be tied to a rock and thrown into the sea

Don’t mince words, Holy Father.  What do you *really* think?

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  • Del Sydebothom

    Hm…sounds like the Church might need to seek aid from the secular arm to carry out the Pope’s instructions.

    • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

      Last time we tried that we got something no one expected.

      • Del Sydebothom

        At least that thing that no one expected never turned anyone into a newt.

  • http://www.brianniemeier.com/ Brian Niemeier

    Excellent article. Classic Francis.
    Of course Squires has to shoehorn in the Francis vs. Benedict narrative by inciting fake scandal. Salvatore didn’t need B16’s invitation to a general synod, Nick. Heads of religious orders can attend by right. Such clumsy attempts at guilt by association highlight the MSM’s arrogant aloofness; not Benedict’s.

  • Thomas Leith

    Pope Reverses Church Teaching on Capital Punishment

    Drowning Favored for Symbolic Reasons?

    • Margaret

      Well, yes, that would have been the headline if Papa Benedict had said what Pope Francis said.

  • AnneG

    I’ve been waiting for years for this, for a Latin bishop to call out corruption. Fantastic! Praise God! Hope it is a really big rock.

  • BrianB

    Wow. A Voris style statement that’s okay if it’s not from Voris!

    • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

      I don’t think Mark’s problem with Voris is his calling out corruption, but his scattershot attacks at people who aren’t corrupt but just don’t rise to Voris’s amateur standards of theological and ecclesiastical perfection.

      Also, his tone.

      Also the fact that his followers don’t seem to watch his stuff and say, “Hmm. The church sure needs help. I should pray for my bishop a lot more and maybe see about helping out.” Instead, they fill a needle of fear full of the heroin of despair and plunge it deep into their own veins, then go on the internet and scream about spiders.

  • JayAnderson

    Maybe we shouldn’t believe every sensationalistic headline we read.

    Doesn’t the Telegraph’s “quote” of the Holy Father sound awfully similar to Jesus’ saying “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”?

    My guess is that the writer of the Telegraph piece is about as familiar with religion as most people in the media (meaning not really familiar at all), and didn’t recognize the fact that Pope Francis was reading and/or quoting from the Gospel.

    • capaxdei

      Yeah, I think I’ll wait to read the Pope’s homily before I think I know what the Pope said in his homily.