Many Catholics are troubled by our current Pope. And his latest pronouncements with regards to marriage, divorce and reception of the Sacraments has stirred up yet more controversy.
I have long been aware that Pope Francis is quite different from all other popes, in view of his ethnicity. Coming from Argentina rather than from Europe has cast a completely different light upon the papacy.
So when I read on Sandro Magister today, http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1351383?eng=y that the Pope is indicating that it is the confessor or priest in whom one confides who is to discern whether or not a person in a second marriage can receive Communion, I was reminded of the Canadian bishops' statement regarding Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae in which he condemned artificial contraception when they said that Catholics must make this decision according to their own conscience and with the advice of their parish priest.
Since the Pope first indicated his real thoughts on this matter at the Synod on the Family and most recently in a letter of endorsement to the Argentinian bishops' statement on reception of the Eucharist, I thought how much is he influenced by Argentina.
A quick google search reveals that Argentina has one of the highest divorce rates in the world, seven out of ten marriages end in divorce within ten years. This translates to one divorce every 90 minutes.
- Argentina is said to have the highest infidelity rate in all of South America.Divorce has been legal in the country since 1987, and now the country has the highest divorce rate as well.a
It would seem that Pope Francis is trying to conform the Church to the world, rather than the other way around. Hardly biblical.
Pray for this Pope, he is selling out the Catholic Church because of the love he has for his own country.
Side Note: the divorce rate in Poland in 2008 was 25%, compare that with the 70% rate in Argentina. Which country would you prefer to live in?
Conspiracy Theory Note: does Pope Francis have a personal vendetta against Pope John Paul II when it comes to marriage and the family?
A psychiatrist explores that idea here: