Interview with Father Jesusmary Missigbètò
Father Jesusmary Missigbètò discusses why he continues speaking out against Pope Francis, even as he's been banned from saying Mass, preaching, and hearing confessions.
It is hard to escape the impression that this is very personal from Pope Francis. He does not like criticism, despite his calls for parrhesia, which, at this stage of this papacy appears as a kind of foil, as if Jorge Bergoglio knows what his shortcomings are and spun early on in the opposite direction to cover them.
Surely a pastoral pope, a man who took the time to ring a divorced woman to tell her "a little bread and wine does no harm" encouraging her to go to Holy Communion, could take a few moments to call a brother priest and discuss his concerns? Concerns which such a man has devoted his whole life to? Instead, the Holy Father does personally intervene, but to remove this holy priest from any work in Christ's vineyard.
In this interview, Father Jesusmary Missigbètò makes clear that he is not against Pope Francis, but (very correctly it seems to me) against the errors he promulgates as the successor of Saint Peter and in the name of the Catholic Church. Unity can only be found in our commonality in the Gospel and consistent doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Please pray for this brave priest, and pray that more clergy find the courage to stand up for Jesus as Father Jesusmary Missigbètò has bravely done.