Polish theologian rebuked for wishing for Pope's death

Polish theologian rebuked for wishing for Pope's death March 19, 2018

Polish theologian Msgr Edward Staniek, above, is receiving backlash for his homily last month in which he prayed for Pope Francis’s ‘happy death’ if he did not open his heart to ‘wisdom’.
This annoyed many, according to this report, including Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Kraków who rebuked Staniek on Saturday, saying:

It is with great pain and regret that I learned of the recent remarks made by Fr. Edward Staniek about Pope Francis. I assure you that the whole Church in Kraków is praying for Pope Francis daily and fervently.

Staniek said last month that he was praying either for the Holy Spirit to aid the Holy Father’s return to the Church or for his death.

I pray for wisdom for the pope, for his heart to open up to the Holy Spirit and if he does not do that, I pray for his quick departure to the House of the Father. I can always ask God for a happy death for him because a happy death is a great grace.

Staniek criticised the Pope for his “erroneous views”, including an open door to Muslim refugees, migrants and Holy Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. He denounced false mercy in regard to followers of Islam:

As a religion, they are hostile to the Gospel and the Church. They murdered millions in religious wars. And we Poles, remembering the victory over their armies near Vienna, better than others understand that there is no way to talk about dialogue with them. 
We can show mercy to those Muslim believers who are dying of hunger or thirst. The doors of the diocese and the parish may be open only to believers in Jesus Christ.

He also condemned the false mercy concerning the sacrilegious reception of the Eucharist:

The second point of misunderstanding mercy is to open the door to the Eucharist, the food of the saint, to people who choose sin as their world.

Staniek lamented how the pope’s words:

Are used in media devoted to the destruction of Jesus and His Church.

And speaking of death, it’s widely reported today that disgraced Archbishop emeritus of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, 80, has snuffed it.

Cardinal O’Brien
According to The Catholic Herald, a press release from Leo Cushley, current Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, stated:

In life, Cardinal O’Brien may have divided opinion – in death, however, I think all can be united in praying for the repose of his soul, for comfort for his grieving family and that support and solace be given to those whom he offended, hurt and let down. May he rest in peace.

Born on St Patrick’s day 1938, the County Antrim native was ordained archbishop in 1985 and later made Cardinal in 2003 by Pope St John Paul II, until his resignation in the face allegations of inappropriate behaviour shortly before the 2013 conclave which elected Pope Francis.
Addressing the matter himself in 2013, Cardinal O’Brien stated:

I wish to take this opportunity to admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal. To those I have offended, I apologise and ask forgiveness. To the Catholic Church and people of Scotland, I also apologise. I will now spend the rest of my life in retirement. I will play no further part in the public life of the Catholic Church in Scotland.

Following his resignation from public life as Cardinal Archbishop, and with the permission of the Holy See, he retired to the North of England. Later in 2015 it was announced by the Holy See that Pope Francis had “accepted the resignation of Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien from the rights and duties of a Cardinal”, excluding him from participating in future papal elections and to act as a papal advisor, among the other roles of a Cardinal of the Church.

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  • AgentCormac

    ‘I assure you that the whole Church in Kraków is praying for Pope Francis daily and fervently.’
    Oh, good.Praying ‘fervently’ is sure to make a huge difference. I for one can’t wait to see just what a miraculous transformation it produces.
    And as for O’Brien popping his clogs, I’m guessing his eulogy might be a tricky one for someone to deliver. He may well have apologised for the crimes he committed, but the fact remains that he abused not only the victims upon whom he inflicted his predatory sexual desires, but also the trust that people put in him on account of him being ‘a man of god’. Sadly neither of the above will cause many catholics to question their church, let alone their support to it.

  • 1859

    ‘…misunderstanding mercy…’ another piece of theological gobledigook meant to cloud clear, rational diolgue. It is also so condescending – ‘you lesser folk don’t truely grasp the full meaning of ‘mercy’, but we special, higher folk, like ordained priests like me with my magic robes, we do understand just how super magic the concept of mercy is’. Yuck(finger down my throat)!

  • Igor

    And this in 2018?
    It’s precisely the myth of Jesus and The Holy Spirit and god that so hugely retards civilisation. This article shows exactly how far backward belief in Jesus, who never existed, will take you.

  • Brian Jordan

    It’s as well for Frankie that their praying won’t work, if they’re praying fervently for his death!

  • gary

    Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien molested young men for a short while because a demon got into his soul don’t you know. But Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien’s faith and trust in god exorcised the demon and from then on Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien was cured and dedicated the rest of his life to the condemnation of gayness as a deviancy of devilish infestation. Those who do not cure themselves, as Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien did, are complicit in the sin of gayness and therefore will, and deserve to, burn in hell.
    Of course his chums will say Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien was, after his demon induced gayness episode, was a straight celibate man. And they can say that because all his other gay trysts remain well hidden secrets.
    Shame there is no hell in which Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien is eternally burning. And its a shame he died when he did because he has escaped the intolerable shame of being outed as a lying bigot and the indignation of loosing his credibility and position of god given power over ordinary people.

  • Stephen Mynett

    Igor, good point and it is shown well in the article I linked to here: http://freethinker.co.uk/2018/03/15/brain-dead-faith-heads-react-with-glee-to-hawkings-death/comment-page-1/#comment-264181
    Commenting on the death of Stephen hawking, one of the most brilliant and intelligent people to have lived, an idiot faith head suggests he was sent by the devil to combat Billy Graham.
    I doubt the RCC will ever see reason, or any other religion for that matter, even those who do know they are talking and preaching a pile of crap the vast majority are too dishonest to admit it, they enjoy the power and the wealth it brings them too much. A pity there are not more like those who run The Clergy Project.

  • barriejohn

    But God never makes mistakes! I actually watched this on TV, and remember it well:
    “Habemus Papam”
    Were they all cheering as wildly for Frankie, I wonder? I just don’t get it.

  • L.Long

    Why would anyone wish for the pope to die!? there are 50 others just like him waiting for the job! What he should be praying for is the death of the catlick church!

  • gedediah

    I don’t get the point of praying. Are they trying to change the mind of their god? What kind of god has to be asked to do the right thing. Wouldn’t it already k ow what the right thing is? Who do they think they are?

  • Stephen Mynett

    I remember one detention for annoying the religionist twerp who we were forced to have “lessons” with. He was talking about war and I noted that in a war between Christian countries both sides prayed for victory and asked why did they not just ask their god who was going to win, that may many lives could be saved as they could avoid the carnage.
    The answer, as expected, was “Go and get the detention book.” I was always impressed by the fact these supposedly moral people could be so shamelessly cowardly and avoid any questions they were unable to answer.

  • barriejohn

    SM: My father said the same, and, as I have said before, far from “No atheists in a foxhole”, whereas he had been a very devout teenager, Atlantic and Arctic convoy duty made an atheist of him. How he despised this sort of thing:

  • andym

    @ gedediah
    “Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy.”
    ? Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary
    I’m not sure what the point is supposed to be either. Their words assure us their god is omnipotent and omniscient;their actions always suggest they don’t even believe that themselves.

  • Stephen Mynett

    BJ, The Russians have also taken to getting an Orthodox priest to bless their space rockets. I find it quite amusing to think something crammed with amazing technology needs the mumbo jumbo of a man in a garish dress before it can function properly, especially when in Russia’s atheist days Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok 1 was not much more than a big firework compared to today’s space exploration vehicles.