The Popess

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Julian O'Dea on February 28, 2016 at 6:31 am

  2. Posted by Jim on February 29, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I’m not a catholic but what an abomination.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on February 29, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Well it is just an artistic image.

      I think it strongly implies the absurdity of women purporting to have spiritual authority.

      I was thinking about Catholic lay women who try to correct the pope (not to say the man is perfect). I looked up images of the “Popess”, a character found in the tarot pack, and found that strange image.

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      • Posted by Jim on February 29, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        Tarot cards? Why am I not surprised?

        BTW, I think the current pope is nothing more than a SJW/Marxist with a priest’s collar. Too bad too since it undermines RC. But my point about the women is having her in any kind of position of authority.

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on February 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

        The pope is a strange mix. He has a lot of social justice instincts but also socially conservative views. He reminds me of John Paul II in that respect.

        He doesn’t seem to be much of a feminist.

        His big problem is he tends to make off-the-cuff remarks. Of course such comments are not formal teaching.

        I think he would like to soften some traditional teaching but he is a bit constrained.

        There are things about him I have liked. He is a mixed bag – but aren’t we all?

  3. “I was thinking about Catholic lay women who try to correct the pope (not to say the man is perfect). I looked up images of the “Popess”, a character found in the tarot pack, and found that strange image.”

    For what it’s worth, my sister is a fairly orthodox papist who would never presume to correct the Holy Father. She has observed that he is “ostentatiously humble” (at least when new to the office).

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on February 29, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      He is one of those charismatic popes. Like JPII.

      It is not required of a Catholic that he agrees with everything the pope says and does. On the other hand, it is objectionable to see lay women implying that he is not a real pope or that he is seriously defective in some way.

      It is an error (ultramontanism) to accord too much authority to the pope. However an excessively critical attitude is also inappropriate and can lead to sedevacantism.

      The Catholic hierarchy and priests have performed so poorly of late, that some humility is in order. It is not the time for a triumphalist pope. Francis’ style is timely.

      I had a Catholic priest apparently object to a (mildly) erotic line in a poem I wrote recently. I thought that he should concern himself more with the problems among his brother priests than with the behaviour of a layman writing a poem about his wife.

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