The Sharing of the Sheep
By R. D. Flavin


     His Holiness Pope Francis is continuing to challenge convention, though he has spoken out against the wealthy and vanity for many years, his recent comments dividing churchgoers into those who actively practice Roman Catholic Christianity through proper behavior and charity, and those OTHER churchgoers who forget humility the second they walk out of the church. There's far more than two types of Christians and I would consider sharing the sheep with the secular world and perhaps other faiths, as long as they promote peace and good will. Yeah, His Holiness was a little rough calling such lazy Catholics “pagan Christians” and “enemies of the Cross.” Infallibility is one thing, but so is forgiveness.   

     Let's go a little John 18:38 (Τί ἐστιν ἀλήθειαQuid est veritas?What is trueth?), shall we? Several days back, Pope Francis gave the former archbishop of St, Louis, Cardinal-Deacon Raymond Leo Burke, his second demotion in as many years. He shuffled papers for the modern version of the Inquisition, mouthed off, was reassigned, and now continues to be extremely anti-LGBT and considers the Holy Father's views on same-sex relationships and marriages to be heretical. He's currently assigned to work out of a closet as the chaplain of the charity group Knights of Malta. Now, if only he could ask Archbishop emeritus of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Francis Law to leave Vatican City, we could have a REALLY true dialog.

     Honestly? I'm afraid of an American Schism with the Roman Catholic Church.. First, everyone take a deep breath and let's discuss, truth, honor, charity, and hugs. Hugs are very important. I'm NOT going to discuss the underage pedophilia and biopiliiac crimes – they deserve more attention and sympathy than this brief column can provide. I will discuss same-sex couples, and women assuming a more senior role in the Roman Catholic Church, I'm not seeing a problem except jerks and their feminine equivalents being just as hard-headed...and un-Chistian.

His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Benedict XVI, Roman Pontiff Emeritus .

     In 1950, the pope defined the Assumption of Mary as dogma, the only time that a pope has spoken ex cathedra since papal infallibility was explicitly declared.

     The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven, informally known as the Assumption, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and parts of Anglicanism, is the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.

     The Catholic Church teaches the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory" This doctrine was defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus by invoking papal infallibility. While the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church believe in the Dormition of the Theotokos, which is the same as the Assumption, the alleged physical death of Mary has not been dogmatically defined.

     Pope Francis's positive relationship with the Eastern Orthodox Churches is demonstrated by the fact that Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople attended his installation. This is the first time since the Great Schism of 1054 that the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, a position considered first among equals in the Eastern Orthodox Church organization, has attended a papal installation

     Following a renovation, His Holiness Benedict XVI, Roman Pontiff Emeritus moved permanently to Vatican City's Mater Ecclesiae, a monastery previously used by nuns for stays of up to several years at a time, on 2 May 2013.  According to anonymous Vatican officials, Pope Benedict XVI's continued presence in the Vatican City will assist with the provision of security, prevent his retirement location from becoming a place of pilgrimage, and provide him with legal protection from potential lawsuits.

     NO MORE SCHISMS! That American nuns have shown good will to same-sex couples has recently been supported by Pope Francis (with the caveat WE may love and support you, but scripture describes your sexuality as unnatural. May love prevail over dusty old mss. And ONLY a handful of nuns seek the priesthood – most just want to take a further role, such as a deacon.... Dialog is not only possible, but necessary. Please express your thoughts to the Holy Father at:

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City

     Please, go and stay at and with peace.

Who am I to judge another's diet?

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