Wednesday, August 09, 2017

There are decent people out there after all! Boniface says ...






Fr. Z posted the fake news story about Putin and the Pope, with his comments here.


One commenter on Fr. Z's post actually got it right.  How refreshing.

Boniface says:8 August 2017 at 5:03 PMIf I may add another thought: 
I was beyond weary of the lies about and malicious attacks by the leftist media against St. John Paul and Benedict XVI through the 90s and 2000s. 
The media knew that to a large extent St John Paul, due to his obvious personal holiness, the respect he commanded from world leaders, and enormous popularity, was relatively untouchable. But they constantly went on about how when he was gone, their dream pope would come along, ordain women, allow contraception, etc etc. When it didn’t happen and they got Benedict, who didn’t have the charisma etc of John Paul, and therefore was vulnerable, they took the big knives out. Benedict was reviled and trashed weekly. 
Don’t forget how, upon Francis’ election, his anti-homosexual adoption quotes from Argentina (“an invention of the father of lies” – boom!) were being publicized all over. The narrative was, for maybe a week, “here we go again with some mean nasty old white man pope keeping the Church in the dark ages, blah blah.” However, the media switched gears soon after and began to adopt the narrative that Francis was on their side – the good guy against the rest of the bad Church. This was a clever tactic – more effective than the “bad guy pope against the good Church” tack they took against St JP and especially B16. Of course no matter what their approach, the leftist elite hate the Church with a near-diabolical fury, and seek to do damage however they can. But in the case of Francis, the very people who were the last bastion of respect for the papacy were taken in by a new sort of lie – that the pope could not be trusted, that he was on the side of leftists. And that is sad indeed. They don’t see the damage they are doing, and how it will come back to bite us all later. Being a “traditional” Catholic – being truly Catholic at all – means union with and deep respect for the papacy and whoever holds it. 
It’s hard work, but I’ve followed Pope Francis’ doings and sayings weekly or daily since his election. He never did or said what most people think he has – and much of what he has said, which, frankly, is far more bluntly “traditional” than what other recent popes have said, goes unreported. Since when have we had a pope who talked so clearly about the devil, and so often and plainly? And who pushes confession constantly, and makes sure he himself is seen going? (This isn’t a criticism of other popes). Talking about incarnate evil and confession – basically kryptonite to liberal “c”atholicism.

In my opinion, Boniface is absolutely right on.  I just do not know how or why other people, namely "the very people who were the last bastion of respect for the papacy" have been taken in the way they have.  Boniface also said: "What they don’t see is that their negative view of the present Holy Father is itself a product of dozens upon dozens of distortions, misquotes, and lies peddled by an anti-Catholic media since the very beginning."  Although I would have included the Catholic anti-Papist media as well.

I'm thinking Boniface is the author of Unam Sanctam.   I used to read him but then stopped, I didn't realize he was as balanced as he seems to be now.

13 comments:

  1. I think Fr. Z has become a little hyper-sensitive ever since the Spadaro / Figueroa article hit the Internet. Funny how he put up with all the alleged "jabs" at Traditional Catholicism ("ossified", "Pharisees", "doctors of the law", "neo-Pelagians") with just a little snark, but he immediately blew up and became more Breitbart than Breitbart themselves when America the Beautiful was (allegedly) threatened.

    "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be."

    Sigh.

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    1. Yeah - he goes off on favorite hits as well - today it is LCWR conference. Spadaro is a favorite target, along with Martin, SJ. He was badly hurt in the seminary here by the bad spiritual direction and vocational discernment of his day - women religious involved, and a gay friendly seminary staff and so on. I can't recall who was in charge at the time. But this wound opens easily for him I think. When he was first ordained and was close to Monsignor, he was a dynamite priest. I wish he could recover that confidence and first love and get rid of the bitterness. I might be wrong in my assessment. Anyway - I think that is what Pope Francis calls priests to - to recover their first love, their first fervor. Hard to do when you are concerned about money and status and being right all the time.

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  2. Too many people consider Fr. Z the pope.

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  3. Terry!

    Excellent post! Gracias for sharing it with the rest of us. God bless!

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    1. Yeah - I was really impressed with Boniface and his ability to put into words what I think is going on.

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  4. Someone once published a quiz made up of one list of quotes from Pope Benedict XVI and the other from Pope Francis and we were to guess which was which. One list of quotes were all sweet and loving; the others were all harsh and dogmatic. The correct answer of course the opposite of what one would guess

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    1. I wish I had the source for that - because I frequently find similarities or echoes of Benedict in what Francis says. Francis is more a plain talker and I think people miss a lot because of that.

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  5. Dear Terry - I am Boniface! I have been reading and deeply appreciating your blog for months (I'm not the author of unam sanctam, but upon looking it up, I see its author also uses the handle Boniface). Thank you for the gift your blog is to all of us. Nearly every morning over coffee I read it, and am charmed by your regulars like Yaya and Nan, the holy women/Mrs. Goldbergs who live in your online neighborhood, haha. I had a coffee spitting-out (not literally, thankfully) kind of moment when I looked up your blog this morning as usual and saw "myself" there. I am deeply honored by your comments and delighted that my as-of-months-ago favorite Catholic blogger (you) liked what I said.
    I think I know the piece that Diane might be thinking of. Will try to find it shortly.

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  6. Here it is. It's crucial that it be read to the very last line - or don't read it at all.

    http://m.ncregister.com/blog/pat-archbold/10-quotes-that-prove-the-pope-is-a-liberal#.WYsxQyPD_qA

    Actually, Diane, I was thinking of this article, too, as I commented on Fr Z. And to think this article is several years old and some people still buy into the "Francis is liberal" narrative...

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    1. Cool! Thanks for saying such nice things and thanks even more for writing such a great comment on Fr. Z's post. God bless you!

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    2. "some people still buy into the "Francis is liberal"

      Chispas! Why am I not surprised?

      I wonder if any of those same folks take the time to read articles such as this one:

      http://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/08/09/pope-orders-belgian-brothers-of-charity-to-stop-euthanasia/

      I mean gee, this is the Catholic Herald after all as they have not always been Francis friendly. The combox was just awful to our Holy Father though these days it seems they have closed it. Gracias a Dios!

      Thank you for the attaboy kind Boniface.

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  7. Boniface is wrong. The Pope says all kind of things that just are not Catholic. It's all there in black and white or on video. Anyone who denies that must be living in a bubble.

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