Pope Francis shows off ball spinning skills alongside circus performers



Pope Francis impressed everyone on Wednesday with his ball twirling skills, helped by a group of Cuban circus performers who joined him at his weekly general audience in the Vatican.

Some 20 performers from the Circo Cuba danced and carried out acrobat moves to salsa music as the pope looked on smiling.

At the end of the performance the group got a double thumbs up from the pontiff.

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  1. The Pope’s Laxity Catches Up With Him
    https://spectator.org/the-popes-laxity-catches-up-with-him/

    George Neumayr 6 January 2019

    He dings the American bishops for a lack of credibility as his own takes another hit in the wake of a new Vatican scandal.

    Pope
    Francis lectured the American bishops this week on their “crisis of
    credibility” even as his own reputation took another hit in the wake of
    revelations about one of his protégés. It turns out that another
    McCarrick-like predator has been nesting at the Vatican under the
    patronage of this famously permissive pope. “Pope Francis’ Argentinean
    Protégé Accused of Sex Abuse,” reported the Daily Beast.

    The
    accused bishop is Gustavo Óscar Zanchetta, a crony of Pope Francis’s
    from his days as archbishop of Buenos Aires. According to the story,
    Zanchetta, who has been accused of preying upon priests and seminarians,
    has long benefited from his friendship with the pope, first in
    Argentina, where Bergoglio orchestrated his elevation to a top-ranking
    position within the Argentinean Bishops Conference and then “made his
    fellow countryman a bishop right after becoming pope in 2013.” Zanchetta
    didn’t last long in that post, resigning in 2017 under a mysterious
    cloud of priestly complaints and claims of poor “health.” He scurried
    out of Argentina without even saying a “farewell mass,” according to the
    story, only to turn up shortly thereafter on “Pope Francis’ doorstep in
    Rome,” where Zanchetta was quickly thrown a new papal plum:

    By
    December, Francis had created a position for Zanchetta in the
    Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, known as APSA,
    according to the Vatican’s own press statements from the time. The
    office oversees more than 5,000 lavish properties under the Vatican’s
    Secretariat of the Economy, run by George Pell, now on a leave of
    absence to fight historical sex-abuse charges in his home country of
    Australia.

    Meanwhile, back in the Argentinean diocese Zanchetta had ditched, outraged priests and parishioners stewed over his scandals:

    There was speculation by El Tribuno newspaper
    in Salta, Argentina, that he had a drug problem after he allegedly
    refused to allow police to search his vehicle during a routine traffic
    stop, citing his role as a high-ranking bishop as the reason he did not
    have to succumb to the search.

    Then rumors started to swirl that
    Zanchetta had paid off three whistle-blowing priests who had apparently
    reported him to the local papal nuncio, or Vatican representative, in
    Argentina.

    If true, it would have meant that the nuncio would have
    alerted members of the Roman Curia in Rome. Then one of two things
    would have happened. As an Argentinean that Francis made a bishop, the
    pope was either informed of the trouble on his home turf, or protected
    from it.

    The charges laid out in the Argentinean press include
    mismanagement of diocese funds to buy the silence of several young
    seminarians between the ages of 20 and 25 that Zanchetta had allegedly
    sexually harassed and tried to convince to enter into a sexual
    relationship. El Tribunocites “masturbation, groping and
    psychological pressure” brought on by the powerful bishop against the
    priests in training. One report outlines lavish gifts used to buy the
    silence of the young seminarians.

    It was only after
    authorities in Argentina opened up a probe into Zanchetta’s misconduct
    and media coverage mounted that the pope finally cut him loose this
    week. The Vatican is once again playing dumb, claiming it knew nothing
    of the allegations against Zanchetta at the time of his new appointment.
    But who believes that? This is a pontificate that turned a predator
    known to Francis, Theodore McCarrick, into a papal envoy and dispatched
    him to the ends of the earth.

    The
    pope’s plum-throwing to perverts is simply a habit he can’t break, not
    even at the most intense moment of the abuse scandal. A couple of weeks
    ago the pope vowed that the Church would “never’ conceal predators
    again. At that very moment, Zanchetta was working down the hall,
    overseeing the real estate holdings of the Church, even though one of
    the reasons for his disappearance from his diocese was that he had
    misused Church funds in furtherance of his misconduct.

    What a
    debacle, but an entirely predictable one, given this pope’s penchant for
    permissiveness. Had the cardinals shown even a modicum of interest in
    his governance of the Buenos Aires archdiocese before electing him, they
    would have known of his enormous laxity — his practice of surrounding
    himself with deviants, promoting them to positions of power and
    influence, and then visiting some of them in exile after their shocking
    lapses became too well known. Pope Francis biographer Paul Vallely has
    written approvingly of that latter practice, noting Bergoglio’s visits
    to Jeronimo Jose Podesta, a bishop booted from the Church during
    Bergoglio’s time in Argentina: “Bergoglio visited the ostracized bishop
    on his deathbed and gave him the last rites. He then ensured that the
    man’s widow, Clelia Luro, and her children were provided for — even
    though she was a feminist as radical as was imaginable on the Catholic
    spectrum, who used to celebrate mass with her husband.”

    A pope,
    whose signature line is “Who am I to judge?,” was embarrassingly
    ill-equipped to handle a burgeoning abuse scandal. Prelates in the mold
    of McCarrick and Zanchetta saw his musings on “mercy” as a green light
    to pedal back to power, which Pope Francis was only too happy to hasten.
    He appears to have regarded their predation as a mere peccadillo, if
    even that. Recall his creepy joshing with McCarrick, to whom he joked
    that the “bad ones, never die” and that his advanced age was due to the
    Devil not having McCarrick’s “accommodations ready” yet.

    All
    of this makes his letter to the U.S. bishops this week even more
    suspicious. The letter is clotted with rationalizing jargon and odd
    rebukes, to the point where it is obvious that he is not asking for any
    real action on the abuse scandal but continued passivity. As usual, he
    implies that the few bishops who care are the villains —
    “finger-pointing” agents of “dispersion and division,” as if faked-up
    collegial unity is a greater priority than robust truth-telling in the
    midst of a scandal on this scale. The letter is notable only for its
    windiness and emptiness. It of course contains no acknowledgment of the
    root cause of the crisis — decades of homosexual infiltration at the
    highest levels of the Church and throughout the priesthood — and much
    blather about the “cure being worse than the disease,” which is nothing
    more than a plea for business as usual. He goes on and on about
    “paradigmatic” shifts and so forth but never mentions the most obvious
    solutions to ending predation and restoring credibility to the Church —
    such as, stop promoting predators at the Vatican.

  2. POPE ON A ROPE…THATZ WHAT WE ARE WAITING FOR….PEDOZ MAKE ME PUKE…I WAS ABUSED…IF U THINK FOR ONE MINUTE…WE WILL FORGET THIS…U R SADLY WRONG…WE DO NOT FORGIVE..WE DO NOT FORGET…WE ARE LEGION…  LOOK AT THAT MESS OF DEMON STRUCTURE BEHIND HIM ON THE WALL…REMEMBER ''DEVILZ ADVOCATE'' YEA, SATAN HAD THAT THOSE DEMONZ ON HIS WALL ALSO…BET THEY COME TO LIFE AT NIGHT. GITMO READY AND WAITING…Q

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