Hi my name is Robert Se’an Angel-of-Death
Pope Leonard and I have floppy evil brown hair (that’s how I got my name) with bangs and a white zucchetto on top and chocolate brown eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people get me confused with Matt Damon (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Jude Law but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m a vampire but my teeth are straight and white. I have pale white skin. I’m also the Angel of Death, and I go to a gay school called Welton Academy in Vermont where I’m in the seventh year (I’m forty seven). I’m a goth pope (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly regalia. I love the Vatican tailor and I get all my clothes from there. For example today I was wearing my papal vestments with matching white gloves and a shining wand, pink fishnets and loafers. I was wearing black lipstick, white foundation, black eyeliner and red eye shadow. I was walking outside Welton. It was snowing and raining so there was no sun, which I was very happy about. A lot of interviewers stared at me. I compared my family to tarantulas at them.
One of the Popes of the 9th century, Pope Formosus’ reign was fraught with war, chaos, and political intrigue. During his five year reign Formosus made many enemies, among them was his successor, Stephen VI. Pope Stephen hated Formosus so much, that he would take weird to a whole new level in order to exact revenge on his former enemy.
In January of 897, about seven months after Formosus’ death, Pope Stephen ordered Formosus’ corpse exhumed from its grave and put on trial. In what would become known as the “Cadaver Synod”, Pope Stephen charged Formosus with a number of crimes including perjury and having ascended the Papacy illegally. During the trial, Formosus’ rotting corpse was propped up on a throne and clothed in Papal vestments. Stephen himself acted as prosecutor while a church deacon was appointed to serve as Formosus’ defense attorney. While judges were appointed from local priests, the synod amounted to nothing more than a show trial in which Stephen maniacally screamed, raved, and hurled insults at the dead corpse. Formosus’ was declared guilty on all charges. As punishment, his corpse was stripped of its Papal vestments, three fingers on its right hand were removed (the fingers used to conduct blessings), and all orders issued by Formosus’ were nullified. Formosus’ corpse was buried in an unmarked paupers grave. Later it was again disinterred and cast into the Tiber River.
The Cadaver Synod turned out to be Stephen VI’s undoing, as the people of Rome were too weirded out by his bizarre and insane behavior. He was quickly deposed and imprisoned, where he was strangled to death during the night. In the meantime Formosus’ corpse had been recovered from the Tiber and reburied in its proper grave at St. Peters Basilica. The next Pope, John IX, nullified the Cadaver Synod and issued a Papal decree banning the trial of a dead person.
On the subject of sedevacantists, what horrible person would think Pope Francis is corrupt? Also, are these the people complaining about the Synod?
Who sees Francis in a very negative light? The kind of person who does not understand that he is a slum priest, and believes his outreach to gays, divorced and remarried, single parents, drug addicts, immigrants, and the poor, is a phony and shallow attempt to please people, get the media to think he is a saint, and then use his popularity to overthrow 2000 years of Catholic Tradition on faith and morals.
The Synod was merely one more activity in a line of activities which is seen as Pope Francis’ attempt to railroad liberal and heretical ideas onto the Church, in spite of the repeated efforts of “traditional bishops” to slap him down and put him in his place.
I don’t think most of these haters are horrible people. However, I do think they need to grow up in their faith.
So the Pope cracked down on the Franciscans of the Immaculate, who celebrated the Tridentine Latin Mass as well as the present Mass. So he washed the feet of non-Catholics and girls on Holy Thursday. So he refused to wear the papal red slippers and red velvet, fur-lined mozetta when he was elected and stepped onto the balcony of St. Peter’s. So he gave interviews with a famous atheist and said he wouldn’t emphasize abortion and birth control in his teaching, and that he wasn’t out to convert the atheist. So he seems to be friends with more liberal bishops like Cardinal Kasper and Cardinal Maradiaga. So what if he allowed a “liberal” mid-term report to be issued by the Synod in Rome.
So what? A good number of Catholic writers and bloggers have decided to point out only the Pope’s faults, no matter how hard he tries.
It does not matter that the Pope has left the pro-traditional Latin Mass “Summorum Pontificum” intact, and other Latin Mass religious orders unhindered. It does not matter that for each time he departs from the rubrics at Mass, he offers a hundred Masses totally adhering to the rubrics. It does not matter he wears papal vestments and follows papal protocols around the Vatican most of the time. It does not matter that he has reaffirmed pro-life themes, and affirmed the need to welcome children in marriage. It does not matter that he is friends with numerous bishops and religious who are very traditional and consults them for advice in running the Church. It does not matter that he concluded the Synod in Rome with a speech which was very different and altered from the mid-term report, a speech which totally reaffirmed Catholic teaching on marriage and did NOT introduce Communion for the divorced and remarried.
None of these good things matter, because most people blindly follow, and blindly believe, what they read on their favorite websites and favorite blogs. If a Catholic is predisposed to a certain clique or group in the Church, and that group does not like Pope Francis, then they will not like him either. That’s just how it works.
Some Catholics claim that their dislike of Francis is all his fault, because he has confused them about Catholic teaching. This is what I mean by childish.
We do not need Pope Francis to spout dogmas and catechism quotes. We know from all the published documents what true Catholic teaching is. We know that Francis has not preached one, single heresy, or attacked any predecessors, or repudiated any Catholic doctrines. And yet somehow we need, like little children, to hear the Pope “prove” to us that he is really Catholic.
Basically, haters gonna hate. Until Pope Francis is dead and cold, some Catholics will have their minds made up that he is not Catholic enough, and is doing damage to the Church, because he makes them feel uncomfortable with all his “novelty” and departures from the pastoral style of previous popes.
The rest of us need to go on and press forward in the practice of faith, hope, and charity. We need to stop demanding from Francis that he lives up to our “litmus” test of a real pope. We need to dwell on the fact that most of the world considers Francis to be a force of good and a beacon for peace. Building on that enormous cache of goodwill which the Pope has built up, we need to stop fighting about him as a doctrinal teacher and accept him as a shepherd who is pushing us to be a missionary Church of joy and simplicity.