Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Pope Bows to Ecumenical Patriarch, Does Not Kiss Feet for Some Reason
Featured post from the past.
Acting on a whim originating in his idiosyncratic view of the Church he leads, Jorge Bergoglio bows and seeks a blessing from the schismatic Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch.
Unless he is willing to give up entirely the role and position of the Roman Catholic Church -- which he may be, were it possible -- this is just wrong. He is Peter. The lower does not bless the higher. The lower is blessed by the higher. The lower bows to the higher, the higher does not bow to the lower. In Jorge Bergoglio's mind, however, all questions of supremacy and hierarchy are set aside in the warm glow of confusion that characterizes his life.
Of course, he has always had this impulse to bow to heretics and schismatics.
This man, Jorge Bergoglio, seems willing to abandon the Petrine Office and act on his eccentric, private impulses at the drop of a hat. He may always be the Pope, but it seems he often sets aside the responsibilities of that office -- not the least of which is keeping up appearances -- and bumbles along with his personal Humble Jorge schtick.
Senor Bergoglio, please. You must know that reunion with the Orthodox is a fool's errand. Yes, it would be a glorious feat were you to pull it off, and you would be very, very famous in history, and even more people would love, love, love you.
But the Orthodox are still mad about the sack of Constantinople by Crusaders, and reject the filoque. As is the fate of all who leave Peter's side, they have split into their national churches, and countless subsects. Orthodoxy is not catholic, but nationalistic. Surely Senor Beroglio knows this? Even if Bartholemew were charmed into going along (retaining the odd heresy here and there, of course) the Russians and Bulgarians and all the rest of the Orthodox crazy quilt wouldn't follow, nor does he have the authority to make them.
Perhaps Pope Francis will give up primacy, and achieve reunion with Orthodox and Anglicans in one fell swoop as the Bishop of Rome among brother bishops. Of course, he cannot, but he seems to enjoy dancing to that music.
At what point does humility become a twisted pride in one who imagines he can personally transcend all, and change the world by his example? The Bear cannot read Jorge Bergoglio's heart, but only watch what he does, and listen to what he says.
And the problem with this picture is that it is worth a thousand words.
Thanks to Rorate Caeli.
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