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I was immediately taken aback at the announcement of a Pope Francis Jubilee Year of Mercy. Francis has never been about mercy. He’s about license.
I was happy to celebrate the Year 2000 jubilee because I was proud and amazed at our Church’s history, but I knew this time Pope Francis was just milking the tradition, breaking ancient protocols for which he cares nothing, and abusing the faithful for his own radical schemes.
The FrancisVatican employs cream of the crop secular PR consultants. These brainiacs toss Church devotions, traditions, papal events around like cards, commiserating for an angle to ply their new FrancisChurch agendas. Don’t look for any Jesus PR though. Francis PR implies Jesus PR. It would be redundant.
In Rome apparently, the year 2000 jubilee was less than penitential anyway and many in Italy can see through the charade.
Eponymous Flower has the translation.
The Italian journalist Antonio Margheriti Mastino wrote on his website papalepapale: ” Some time ago, a well-known, hypochondriacal Cardinal, perhaps under a permanent state of fear of suffering caused by the psychosis, had said in private that the IOR [Vatican bank] was in very poor condition and that it was only a matter of months until it breaks down. Was that exaggeration? Possibly. However, this is not the first time that similar financial situations have occurred and the Holy See has often reacted to it with an extraordinary anniversary. By this he meant that such a generous offer had been made, that could avoid through repentance and conversion, to reduce the budget deficit. Nevertheless, Antonio Mastino continued, “it is a fact that the last remoarseful Jubilee did not earn much and they had bet all on extensive media coverage. To those, like me, who live in Rome and experience it live, it seemed like a kind of giant fairground, where all sense of boundaries had gone and in the general penance was the last thing on the minds of the participants which took place in all of 2000. This was so bad that Cardinal Ratzinger raised his eyes to heaven glancing at this psychedelic program of the jubilee and resignedly said, once every 25 years, okay … but no more ‘ .”
On March 15, the Italian journalist Antonio Socci asked on his site antoniosocci: “Will the Holy Year, which has just been announced be centered, as the previous, on Jesus Christ or will it be centered on Pope Bergoglio? … The jubilee years have always been related since the First in 1300 on dates that had to do with the birth and death of Jesus Christ; including the (very rare) Extraordinary anniversaries. The anniversary year in 2016 is the first anniversary in the history of the Church that is not centered around a historical event of Jesus Christ during his earthly life. Because they needed a reason to convene it in 2016, Bergoglio decided that it should take place on the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council. But what’s this? For an anniversary? There was never an anniversary year for a council. Moreover, the Second Vatican Council ended in 1965, not in 1966 and therefore they will not celebrate the 50th, but the 51st anniversary of the conclusion of the 21st Council of the Church.
Therefore, this is an excuse, which is more than any other ideological and self-referential, because the anniversary year refers to a church event, rather than on Christ. (When we look at similar events in the history of the church, you could organize a Holy Year every year.)
Self-Referential! How can he say that?
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