Another Bishop In Francis’ Gunsight
Not-so-strangely, we are informed that another conservative bishop, Oliveri from Albenga-Imperia, is now being targeted by the Unholy Father. The Bishop is known for the following:
1. Friendliness to the FFI.
2. Successful seminary, with 10% of the faithful in Liguria but more than 50% of Seminarians, attracting them from outer dioceses because of the quality of the formation.
3. First Pontifical Mass celebrated by a Bishop in communion with Rome in the Traditional Rite after Summorum Pontificum.
A rather successful Bishop, then, as V II bishops go; but one with two unforgivable traits in the mind of Francis: Catholic, and friend of Catholic Friars.
As already seen in Paraguay with bishop Lovieres Plano, the accusation that seems to be floated is of a certain leniency in welcoming priests with a past of (accusation of) misconduct. Accusations which in both cases are, mind, not personal accusations and are, therefore, no accusations at all, but merely excuses.
Yours truly is frankly getting tired with this. I reflect that:
1. The Church who is oh so welcoming of every freakin' pervert should be also welcoming of every priest seen as fit to do his job. If a priest is seen as not fit to do his job, he should be defrocked in Rome, instead of being used later for Papal purges. As Francis would say: do they go around with the “misconduct” ID card? A bishop will look at the circumstances and make a decision. If he is a good bishop – conservative bishops generally are – he will make honest decisions to the best of his ability. To throw the cross on them afterwards is disingenuous and hypocritical, because on average the favela-friendly bishop must score much worse.
Besides, if this is the standard John Paul II should have been posthumously condemned already, much less beatified and canonised.
2. Last time I looked, 95% of the priests accused of misconduct against children were historically found innocent. I do not know how things stand for other accusations; still, I can't avoid to suspect that it is exactly this 95% that will be now used – perhaps not here, as Oliveri has been bishop a quarter of a century already, which is a lot of apples among which Francis can pick the bad ones, but elsewhere – to throw around accusations against bishops.
3. Once again, a Bishop with a very successful, Catholic Seminary is being targeted. This also starts to become extremely transparent.
4. Once again, Francis goes Jack “Shining” Nicholson on the friends of the FFI, whom he clearly sees as his enemies.
Please do not say “oh, but the bishop has made mistakes!” Pretty much everyone makes mistakes, and those of Bergoglio, Kasper, Nichols, Marx, & Co. would have been, when Christianity was taken seriously, amply sufficient to burn them. Nor has Cardinal Danneels, one of the most scandalous examples of “bishop covering up for pedophile priests”, suffered so very much during this Pontificate. The tale of Francis The Enemy Of Perverted Priests just does not work: look under whose roofs he lives!
Francis is here, very probably, merely being his usual self: a petty, vindictive old man who hates Catholics and Catholicism. He is now angry at the disobedience of his own bishops – who have chosen, in brutal contrast to Michael Voris, to obey Christ instead – and wants to take his little revenge on one of the bishops on his certainly well-nourished black list.
Bad luck to him. But I want to see how he can get rid of many of his enemies in this way without causing an uproar that will let the Synod look like a kindergarten squabble; and he needs to get rid of thousands of them, with every bishop he targets increasing the level of resentment from his bishop.
At some point – preferably, very preferably, now – the bishops will have to stand up again and publicly denounce the persecution of sound Catholic bishops and the intimidation of all the others. This Pope can only be stopped by a very public uproar, led by prestigious Cardinals or Archbishops, openly warning from this man's not only methods, but mentality. If he is left unchecked he will start deposing Catholic bishops right and left, and appoint the likes of Cupich in their stead, until he has changed the very perception of the Catholic Church all over the planet. And whilst he will never be able to change any point of doctrine – nor, I think, very willing to try again after the recent experiences, at least ias long as the Bishops stay strong – he will certainly be able to change a lot in the perception. He is doing it already, albeit for the moment with the extremely questionable and certainly unwanted result of being seen as far on the liberal/left/dissenting side of his own bishops.
At one bishop a week he will go nowhere. But even at this pace, it won't be long before another huge outcries rises from the very roots of Catholicism. Does he realise this? Did he only want to punish another bishop with two Bergoglian mortal sins (the FFI, and the Catholic seminary), or what he has in mind is a slow but constant persecution of all strong bishops pour encourager les autres?
We shall see.
I suggest to the Bishop that they prepare for battle. Possibly starting from now.
Posted on October 24, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged Bishop Lovieres Plano, Bishop Oliveri of Albenga-Imperia, Pope Francis. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.