Pope Francis: Permanent Revolution?

Pinocchio was preparing to conquer the world with his new Mass.

Pinocchio was preparing to conquer the world with his new Mass.

I have noticed that all around the Blogosphere the concerns voiced by yours truly have been also felt and expressed: if the Pope thinks he can break the rules, what prevents others from doing the same…

On reflection, it might well be that the breaking of the rules is not an unintended consequence of Pope Francis’ desire to be “pastoral” and “reach out” to the Muslims & Co., but actually the very aim he wants to achieve.

A Pope at ease with the Pinocchio Mass can’t have much interest for the observance of liturgical rules. On the other hand, being the Pope he might want to refrain from a devastating “reform of the repair”, officially undoing what his predecessor has done. Therefore, he might be thinking of simply allowing the periphery to do what it’s not fitting that the centre does, positively encouraging his own priests and bishops to break liturgical rules to make the mass more “spontaneous”, “simple”, “near to the poor” and all that jazz. The result would be a worldwide wave of liturgical abuses. 

I say this because this Pope doesn’t look like a simpleton, the kind of man so much in love with “liturgical simplicity” (or with his own simplicity; one of the two) that he would act in the way he thinks best at the moment without reflecting about the consequences of what he is doing.  It seems to me if this Pope does something, there is a program behind it, and a series of consequences which have been foreseen and willingly accepted, or are meant to be promoted outright.

If you think that no Pope would be as subversive as that, please reflect how probable you would have thought, one month ago, that a Pope would ever wash the feet of Muslims during the Maundy Thursday Mass.

Fasten your sealtbelt. Pray. Never believe the excited girlie screams of the sycophants at every “innovation” of the Pontiff.

Popes come and go.

The Church will bury all of them. 


Posted on March 30, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I see little but the continuation of ‘the bitter trial’ (as, I think, good old Carmel Heenan described it). However, I am grieved that, as the Abbe Bouchancourt (the SSPX superior for Argentina) put it ”With him, we risk to see once again the masses of Paul VI’s pontificate, a far cry from Benedict XVI’s efforts to restore to their honor the worthy liturgical ceremonies.”

    • Yes, I’d say this will be another Paul VI if we are lucky, and much worse than that if we aren’t.

      I just this pontificate lasts for less than 15 years, though…


  2. We used the pre-1955 rubrics and therefore no feet washing. We need to return to that. I would further recommend that only the Bishop undertake this action and of his own priests and deacons in the Cathedral on Maundy Thursday but not during the Mass. Washing the feet of priests would have added symbolic values given the scandals and a public act of atonement.

  3. In just 5 years this man has the potential of creating a College of Cardinals composed of revolutionaries like himself. The election of this “Bishop of Rome” will issue the Church into the dark night of the soul.

    • I share your fears, senrex.
      This shows once more how wrong Benedict was in appointing Cardinals who pleased everyone rather than those who would ensure his work is continued after him.


  4. People are so a ga-ga over PF1’s innovations. Not me! I mistrust innovators in the field of religion. Religion is supposed to stand for something that is permanent and unchanging, not something that changes at someones whim overnight.

    I mistrust innovators

  5. The alacrity with which he has diverted from the norm, ‘hitting the road running’ as it were, would tend to indicate that such was pre-planned? Certainly prudence is not in his vocabulary!

    • Apparently St. Peter had already been announced, then the Italian justice minister invited him and he changed his mind. Still, one can say he had some antics in mind, and the choice of the new venue allowed him to have the setting he wanted.

      I do not think with this Pope things happen by chance.


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