The news of Pope Benedict's surprise resignation topped the chart on this morning's news shows. And while some of the discussion involved questions surrounding the Pope's health, there was more than a mention of the global and systemic Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal which has enveloped not only the papacy of Benedict, but his role as a bishop in Germany and head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. But in the sacred sanctuary of Fox & Friends, neither the "Friends" nor Fox's resident clergyman Fr. Jonathan Morris mentioned this stain on the papacy which, in addition to sexual abuse, includes allegations of Vatican corruption. Interesting.
Fr. Morris, on an audio feed, said he was shocked when, as he was getting ready to board a plane (he does lots of traveling) he heard the news. Morris spoke, in general terms, about the papacy. Nobody asked, as was done on Morning Joe during their interview with a priest, about Benedict's legacy because, one surmises, the issue of the Pope's handling of the Catholic sex abuse scandal could have come up.
After some talk about whether age would be a factor in the selection of the next pope, Brian Kilmeade put in a plug for Fox fave, NY's Cardinal Timothy Dolan who is head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops whose views on the HHS mandate received extensive validation from Fox News. Kilmeade said that he didn't know any cardinals; "but it's hard to imagine a cardinal with more charisma and than the one we have here, Cardinal Dolan." He asked Morris if Dolan is a "legitimate contender." Morris enthused about Dolan, with whom he is very close, as "such a likeable, good holy man."
Morris then spoke about how the Pope's role is to preserve and protect Catholic dogma but in recent years, the pope's functions seem to be expanding as shown by the Pope's new Twitter feed. (Still no women!) He said that he found the pope's resignation "humble and a positive sign of changing with the times." Gretchen closed with a comment about this is "interesting because a lot of times, folks don't go out on top so to speak and this is a pure example of humility in that sense." (Was she making an oblique reference to the abuse scandal?)
While in another segment, Fox reporter Greg Palkot did bring up the scandal, it wasn't mentioned during this segment. Interesting.
And BTW, one of the legacies of Benedict was his laying the papal hammer down on Fr. Jonathan Morris' former order, the Legionaries of Christ, whose leader, Fr. Marciel Maciel, was not exactly a model of holiness. Somehow I doubt if you'll hear about that from the cute little Fox padre!
Benedict may have been the better man; he may have been the better man in the position. But he came across as cold, uncaring. Many people dregged up his past as a Nazi because there was a point where people were concerned he still believed the philosophy.
His “protect the priest” mentality on the sex scandals he presided over didn’t help, either.
FWIW: A few centuries ago, a Papal election in Viterbo had been going on for several years, until the local government, sick and tired of feeding the college of Cardinals, decided to rip the roof off of the venue. Within the space of a week or so, Habemus Papam was called out.
The lightening strike of today will, of course, be perceived as a signal from the supreme top dog but against/for whom??
The top theological minds on all sides are beavering away to work out how to spin that to best advantage and I’ve just bought all the popcorn available in the local supermarket.
Lightning strikes St. Peter’s
Rayo pega en la basílica de San Pedro tras la renuncia del Papa
Un fotógrafo capta el momento exacto en que un relámpago toca la punta de la cúpula del templo
Fox News probably thought he was just awesome, though.
The wingnutzphere is still packed with braying clowns crying that President Obama, the mooselin usurper, is trying to materialize the teachings of BLACK liberation theology by appealing to minorities and their zeal to punish white folks.
And as I said, there are so many angles, some of my comments may seem disjointed, because it is quite difficult to paint the whole picture in just a short post.
These are some of the Holy Father’s views. I probably don’t need to say where I have a problem with his opinion.
Vatican City, Dec 7, 2009 / 11:42 am (CNA).- In a meeting with a group of Brazilian bishops on Saturday, the Holy Father warned of the dangers of Marxist liberation theology and noted its grave consequences for ecclesial communities.
During the ad limina visit, the Pope recalled that “last August marked 25 years since the Instruction “Libertatis nuntius” of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on certain aspects of liberation theology. The document “highlights the danger involved in the uncritical absorption, by certain theologians, of theses and methodologies that come from Marxism.”
The Pope warned that the “more or less visible” scars of Marxist liberation theology, such as “rebellion, division, dissent, offenses, anarchy, are still being felt, causing great suffering and a grave loss of dynamic strength in your diocesan communities.”
For this reason, he exhorted all those who in some way feel attracted or affected by “certain deceitful principles of liberation theology” to re-visit the instruction and be open to the light that it can shed on the subject.
Benedict XVI also recalled that “the supreme rule of faith of the Church in effect arises from the unity that the Spirit established between Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church, in such reciprocity that they cannot subsist independently of each other,” as John Paul II explained in his encyclical “Fides et Ratio.”
The Instruction “Libertatis nuntius” was published on August 6, 1984, with the approval of Pope John Paul II, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Its purpose was to focus the attention of pastors, theologians and all the faithful on the deviations of certain forms of liberation theology that are dangerous for the faith and for the Christian life and that are based on Marxist thought.
It warned that the grave ideological deviations of Marxist liberation theology inevitably lead to the betrayal of the cause of the poor and that a Marxist analysis of reality leads to the acceptance of positions that are incompatible with the Christian vision of man.
It is difficult to approach these news from any angle, so I guess any angle will do.
The Pope is resigning?
Just how the flock does he do that?
I certainly don’t expect the trio of morons in the morning to delve into any of the centuries of dogma crashing, but leave it to those morons pimping their cleric acquaintances as if they had any relevance.
In just one of the many ironies, have those morons at Fox bothered to explain Popes are ELECTED?
You know, to remind them dog fearing Fox viewers we have just re-elected the Obama Messiah.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei.
Since the Fox Channel is infested with good caring loving Catholics it will be very very interesting to watch how they are going to spin this mess.