If I Were Pope

I have been invited to take part in a guest column at the Washington Post on “If I were Pope.” Go here to read it.

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  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    Fr. D,
    In short, you and Lisa are the only ones in that bunch who get the Church and the papacy. All the others think of them as THEIR institution and THEIR office which should be recreated in THEIR own image. Regrettably, among the others are religious who should know better.
    Lord, have mercy on us!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06205058638823965743 Matt

    Sure, it is important to remember to lsten to those with whom we disagree, as long as we don’t take the next step and give validity to their positions. I am glad that Rev. Martin won’t be Pope.

  • vox borealis

    Father, yours was the most sensible of the responses by far. A couple were frightening, unless they were meant to as parody of satire. Was Fr. Martin being serious? I had a hard time determining.

  • Lynda

    What about safeguarding the Deposit of Faith for the salvation of souls? Might be something for the Pope to consider …

  • Paul Rodden

    If you were Pope Mrs L would have her work cut out.
    She’d sort out them cranky old men, as she’s (probably) had plenty of experience sorting you out! :)

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker


  • Craig

    Oh, my-Fr. Martin’s writings are the voice for Modernity. “Gay” or “straight”; women and apparently no voice in the Church. 1. You bring more souls to Evil by using such titles as “gay”, thus encouraging those with same-sex attraction to follow an evil sub-culture and immoral acts. This does not bring people out of error. Be kind and listen-then explain to them (catechesis, right??) why all the lies of the modern world will bring them to Hell.

    2. Women’s voices? Sheesh. I am tired of hearing their voices, eg, “liturgists” (mainly women) who destroy the Liturgy, all the while playing on their keyboards to cruise music. All clergy, apologists, and the lay should be familiar with the role of women over the centuries, eg, Middle Ages. End the example of Christ and appearing to the women at Easter. If only women acted in humility and with modesty as in the past, leading the Church through prayer and sacrifice at the local church, raising holy children, and being the heart of the domestic Church. THEY ARE STILL HERE! Support them! (See a traditional Latin Mass parish.)

    We are living in this world-not of it! May our Lady and Holy Mother Church bring us home!

  • crazylikeknoxes

    I would begin my pontificate my listening to those whose voices are seldom heard and just as often despised, i.e. orthodox clergy and laity.
    And I would pray, and pray hard, for an end to the fear of Catholic orthodoxy. I would invite all cafeteria Catholics to the buffet of orthodoxy.
    Thank you. Thank you very much.

  • Craig

    May Pope Francis bring Tradition! Our Lady of the Clergy, ora pro nobis!