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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fessio to Pope: “Be a man, Francis!"

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LifeSiteNews is reporting that  the founder of U.S. Catholic publishing house Ignatius Press has called for Pope Francis to answer Archbishop Viganò’s allegations that he knowingly promoted an American cardinal accused of abusing seminarians and priests.  Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, told CNN that he finds the pontiff’s refusal to give an answer “deplorable”. In recent weeks, commentators have interpreted Pope Francis’ homilies about “the Great Accuser” and Christ’s “silence” as coded commentary on the Vatican whistleblower’s testimony and the pontiff’s own reluctance to answer it. 

“He’s attacking Viganò and everyone who is asking for answers,” Fessio told CNN. “I just find that deplorable. Be a man. Stand up and answer the questions,” he added. READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: God bless Father Fessio, a fellow Jesuit, for demanding that Francis do the right thing.  

By now it should be abundantly obvious to everyone who is not Mark Shea that this is not "traditional Catholic" crepe hanging. Father Fessio is hardly a "rad trad". Catholics everywhere--those still bothering to go to Mass on Sunday, at any rate-- know that the very future of the Church is on the line.

Francis is out of control, and by refusing to answer the charges he is discrediting the papacy and running the Catholic Church into the ground. Catholics thus have a sacred duty before God to resist this man to his face. 

His pontificate is already a massive scandal, and the only way to undo the damage he's done (if indeed he wants to) is for Francis to stop with the endless self-promotion, cease and desist with the school-marm lecturing of faithful Catholics, drop the whole "humble pope" routine, and answer the damn...ing charges. 

Until that happens we pledge to dedicate the rest of our lives to making sure that his arrogant dereliction of duty and endangerment of children remain front and center in the minds of historians and the Catholic faithful for years to come. 

Francis is an old man; the Catholic press will soon take control of his legacy. And that's not going to be pretty.  So this is Francis's last chance to, quite frankly, get over himself. The "humble pope" schtick is not only tiresome, it's offensive.

It's over, Francis! To quote Father Fessio: "Be a man. Answer the charges!" 

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Michael Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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