The Two Francis'
The Eponymous Flower offers the following translation of a report on the content of the meeting between morally bankrupt and anti-Catholic French President François Hollande and the Holy Father I posted about on the 24th.
(Vatican / Paris) Corresponding to diplomatic custom little was made known officially about the content of the meeting of French President Francois Hollande and Pope Francis. Details were reported in the meantime by Dominique Quinio, the chief editor of the Catholic newspaper La Croix . Quinio was a member of the French delegation that accompanied President Hollande in the Vatican. The delegation did not participate in the actual conversation between the Pope and Hollande. "Hollande said to us in the delegation that he had surely not asked the Pope for forgiveness," said the La Croix -print manager. Quinio nor could conjecture, if the killing of unborn children was the topic of conversation.
According to Dominique Quinio it was an encounter in a "warm atmosphere when you considered that on fundamental issues such as marriage and adoption rights for gays, abortion and end of life, the positions are incompatible." Quinio was one of ten people in his entourage who were allowed to follow Hollande's reception in the Vatican. In an interview with the Corriere della Sera she named some details of the meeting, about which the content so far has been very little known.
Was the Killing of Unborn Children an issue?
The meeting had been highly anticipated because the contrasts between church and state have been scarcely, as radically visible since the Socialist electoral victory in France in May 2012. France Catholics foremost of all looked eagerly to Rome. More than 110,000 had turned in an appeal to Pope Francis and requested clear words from him. Last year, millions of French people had gone against the intention of the government's legalization of "gay marriage" on the streets. They expected a signal of support from Rome.
The topic of abortion should have been the subject of the conversation. This was indicated in the official note from the Vatican. The Corriere della Sera reported this: "Also, according to close presidential circles it seems that the two Francis' have addressed the topic of abortion".
But Dominique Quinio is dismissive: "Hollande and Pope Francis had only vaguely and generally 'indicated to the dignity of human life' at the end of the conversation. Abortion was not a topic. . "For the rest, no one had expected to be able to convince the other," said Quinio. "I do not think that the meeting with the Pope is sufficient to overcome the divorce that has taken place in France between Catholic opinion and Hollande. The prevailing impression that the government has regularly adopted positions and within a short period of time that contradict our values and perspectives. Gay marriage, a further liberalization of abortion, the legalization of euthanasia, which has alienated Hollande from the Catholic electorate that surprisingly elected him in part and was surprised by it."
The warden of the Elysée Palace had wanted to put a gesture of "attention" and "respect" towards the Catholics, "with a view to the upcoming regional, local and European elections," said Quinio. "Immediately after the meeting with the Pope, Hollande put us turned by the delegation, in order to make a point, had certainly not asked the Pope for forgiveness. Literally, he added: 'I am come as head of state who meets another head of state.' "
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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AMGDI guess it is important to remember that, from the French side, this whole thing was about publicity. As I previously posted Hollande's advisors stated that he saw the visit as a chance to send "a strong message of dialogue and attention to the Catholics," who are unhappy with his morally bankrupt policies of more abortion, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia. The finely polished propaganda machine of the French Presidency is hardly going to admit that the man they are engaged to promote was told off by the Pope like a naughty boy, and the Vatican would have no interest in disclosing any details of the nature of the conversation between the two men. However, I'm sure Pope Francis did cover the key issues, irrespective of what is said of the meeting.
I think it is important that we all say a prayer for the French President, that this meeting may have affected him in some deep way, and touched that part of his conscience that knows how wrong he is.