The Franciscan papacy is broken. I opine that Francis will do more damage before he dies, trying to force women into ordained ministry being one.
Why? It takes the spotlight off of his (and his cohorts) role in the massive, massive crisis. So, the progressives have zero desire to get to the root of the massive massive crisis. Better to obfuscate and deflect.
“If the progressives really want to help the Church today, rather than pushing for women deacons, they should act to remove the political barricade set up by the Vatican to prevent any discussion of the real problem in the Church — the problem of sexual abuse of seminarians, teens, young men and vulnerable adult males by homosexual bishops, clergy and members of religious communities.
This barricade must be removed before the meeting between the Pope and the conferences of world bishops on Feb. 21 or it may be years — perhaps even after the death of Pope Francis himself– before the Church finally examines the real cause of the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
As for women deacons, the Church has already studied the possibility of consecrating women as sacramental deacons “especially in regard to the first ages of the Church” and found that there is no foundation for such an action. There were women deacons in the early church but they were restricted to helping in services when it was not modest for men to be involved, like on the disrobing and robing of women for baptism. This is stated explicitly and specifically by 4th century Father of the Church, St. Epiphanius.”
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace was not written by St. Francis. Most probably originated out of South Africa in the 1900’s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_of_Saint_Francis
“What has the world seen since then?
It has seen a papal initiative in Syria that, however well-intended, provided cover for the Obama administration to back off its “red line” about Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people. It has seen a Vatican that refuses to use the words “invasion,” “war,” and “occupation” to describe Vladimir Putin’s Anschluss in Crimea and his war in eastern Ukraine, which has killed more than 10,000 and displaced more than a million Ukrainians, many of them Ukrainian Greek Catholics. It has seen a Vatican deal with China that is widely regarded as a kowtow to ruthless, aggressive authoritarians.
Where is the moral challenge to tyranny? Where is the summons to heroic resistance? Great moral capital is being squandered, in a world that desperately needs a moral compass.”
Weaponized ambiguity. I wouldn’t let him anywhere near my children. Who knows what would be taught or not.
“It’s difficult to know what Pope Francis means by “objective” lessons in human sexuality, as one need look no further than the Vatican’s former Pontifical Council for the Family (now incorporated into the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life) to find a sex-ed program criticized by life and family leaders as “thoroughly immoral” and “entirely inappropriate.”
Two years ago, ahead of the 2016 World Youth Day in Poland, and under the direction of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the council released a sex-ed program for teens which included sexually explicit images, recommended sexually explicit movies as a springboard for discussion among mixed classes (boys and girls) ages 14-17, but left out any mention of mortal sin or the sixth and ninth commandments.”
Peron 101. Confusion, chaos, fear, resulting in power. Highly polished process. Weaponized ambiguity. “the way in which Francis proposes his thought inevitably creates confusion, frustration, and division, and this is seen from the way in which observers and so many of the faithful fight with each other as a result of statements of the pope that contradict each other.” https://onepeterfive.com/francis-contradictions/