Never thought I'd hear a priest say that.
Fr. Z said it counselling a reader who expressed concern over reading reports on what the Holy Father says, or commentary on what has been said. Reading his response in context makes sense - pulling the 'ignore him' quote makes it sound anti-Francis ...
If what you are reading causes serious anxiety and spiritual suffering, you might consider spending less time reading about current Church news. If what the Holy Father is doing is causing you great anger or anxiety… ignore him. Stick to your regular routine of daily prayers. Perform concrete works of mercy. Go to Mass. GO TO CONFESSION! Ignore the Pope and bishops, except for to pray for them… from afar. - Ask FatherI read elsewhere that the Holy Father spoke about the rapid decline in vocations, or the hemorrhaging of priests and religious leaving priesthood and religious life - a sort of second-wave exit I suppose. I have to admit I wasn't aware of that problem. I thought that in the United States there has been an increase?
These things make me sad.