I’m so happy to see this! A blog by orthodox Catholics who like Francis and don’t take every occasion where he clears his throat or moves his index finger as an opportunity to shriek, declare him a heretic, speculate about his evil motives and suggest that they both do not understand him, but are also certain that it is the intention of his black heart to destroy the Church.
Here’s piece about last week’s Panic du Jour from the Francis haters: the letter from Benedict endorsing Francis’ as, you know, orthodox and a good theologian.
The text of the full letter is this:
Rev, Mons. Dario Edoardo Viganò
Prefect, Secretariat for Communication
February 7, 2018
Most Reverend Monsignor;
Thank you for your kind letter of 12 January and the attached gift of the eleven small volumes edited by Roberto Repole.
I applaud this initiative that wants to oppose and react to the foolish prejudice in which Pope Francis is just a practical man without particular theological or philosophical formation, while I have been only a theorist of theology with little understanding of the concrete life of a Christian today.
The small volumes show, rightly, that Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation, and they therefore help to see the inner continuity between the two pontificates, despite all the differences of style and temperament.
However, I don’t feel like writing a short and dense theological passage on them because throughout my life it has always been clear that I would write and express myself only on books I had read really well. Unfortunately, if only for physical reasons, I am unable to read the eleven volumes in the near future, especially as other commitments await me that I have already made.
I am sure you will understand and cordially greet you.
The Big Giant Panic happened because somebody in Rome released the second and third paragraphs of the letter, resulting in much pants-wetting from Francis-haters who felt betrayed by Benedict for his saying that the pope whose living guts they hate and fear is a good guy, perfectly orthodox, and in fact in line with his own thinking and that the whole good cop/bad cop narrative then Francis haters have concocted is garbage.
The Francis haters were on line in minutes declaring that Benedict could not have written it/was being controlled by Shadowy Forces/was a traitor to the faith/was a reptilian sent by the Illuminati, etc. That crazy lasted for a day.
Then, the next day it was revealed (BUM BUM BUMMMMMMMM) that the picture of the original letter in some article about the letter was partly blurry. Now the Conspiracy Theorists could really kick it into overdrive with a complete plot since the last paragraph made clear Benedict, while approving of the project, had not read the books in question.
It was, as Right Wing Panics du Jour always are, much ado about nothing. The photo was blurry because it was an artsy photo, not because there was something that needed hiding. Was it stupid? Sure. Because the editors should have known that the Francis haters will find any excuse to have a conspiracy cow. But there is just no evidence of malice.
And for a very good reason: Benedict said what he said, not because he’s read these books but because he knows Francis and knows he is perfectly orthodox and a good theologian. In short, absolutely nothing in the second and third paragraphs is invalidated by the fourth. Nothing.
Read the piece at WherePeterIs. And keep reading them. In fact, bookmark them. They are an oasis of sanity in a time when the Greatest Catholics of All Time are working passionately to poison the Church against a good man and a good pope.