|His Holiness, Pope Francis |
at prayer before the High Altar.
St. Mary Major
Within minutes of his election to the Supreme Pontificate, vile and venom was spewed out upon our new Holy Father. The vile came from the usual suspects: dissenters in sexual morality and faith (abortion supporters, contraceptionists, homosexualists, angry dissident feminists etc., etc.). However, they were also joined by those whom should be the strongest supporters of the Holy Father: angry, suspicious, paranoid soi-disant Catholics. The internet, sadly, was with not lacking in the spreading of false rumours, lies and personal attacks upon our Holy Father as a "modernist", "liberal" and other epithets from those teetering on the verge of schism or perhaps even sedevacantism/apostasy.
What our Holy Father needs is prayer and loyalty. We, at Witness will do so. We hope you, our readers will do the same. We are not naive: we are well aware that the Church is in a grave crisis. Benedict XVI has spoken and taught about this many times. His good friend, Pope Francis is well aware of this also. An excellent reflection on these recent happenings can be read over at Fr. Z's blog.
Update: Just as the smear against Pope Benedict was he was a Nazi; so too, the false rumours are that Pope Francis was a fascist.