I’d advise giving this a quick read:
Anyone else tired of on-line petitions? If this one was a true “thing,” they’d ask for a whole lot more than 15,000 signatures. And who will be those signatories? Will Pastor “I’m Gay and Divorced” Robinson (so much for homosexuals doing fidelity better) be one of them? Maybe Margie Winters (https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/she-did-not-just-say-this-i-felt-like-i-was-doing-ministry-really-well/)? What about that super devout Catholic, George Soros? Will it be what’s left of the National catholic Reporter’s readership? Inquiring minds want to know how many non-Catholics or dissenting Catholic will let the Holy Father know how mean that old Archbishop Vigano is. Please. Stop.
Anyone who knows him, or even knows of him, would understand he is a very humble and faithful man who has done nothing but serve us well. In reality, though, he’s an easy target for the dissenting Catholics, because they know darn well that he’s hit the magic 75 and is required to submit his letter of resignation (as all bishops are supposed to do, with the exception of the Bishop of Rome). Actually, Archbishop Vigano is probably dying to leave the dismal position of dealing with obnoxious American dissenters. The Kim Davis kerfuffle just caps off his tenure here with more of that reality. He probably arrange the meeting so he could show the Holy Father how people in America are suffering religious persecution. I mean, that’s kind of the reason the Pope comes to visit a country, isn’t it? It’s a way for him to get to know the lay of the land. I wonder why none of the members of Club Dissent aren’t starting a petition objecting to the Pope meeting with the Little Sisters of the Poor? My guess is that the sisters evoke more sympathy than Kim Davis.
Anyway, these moronic petition hacks, backed by an atheist, are trying to say that Archbishop Vigano was trying to undermine the Pope’s message by inviting Kim Davis to meet with the Pope. How so? Did the Pope somehow say gay marriage was the bomb and we all missed it? Nope. Did they hear the Holy Father’s remarks on the plane? Let me refresh your memories: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/09/28/pope-francis-conscientious-objection-is-a-human-right-even-for-government-workers/
So, let’s see. The Holy Father said, “Thank you for your courage,” so clearly he knew a bit of the situation. We also know the Holy Father believes and teaches that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. To top it off, we just heard the Holy Father say, “I can’t have in mind all the cases that can exist about conscientious objection, but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.” So why in heaven’s name would Archbishop Vigano be in any sort of trouble again? Oh, that’s right. It’s because we suffer from squeaky wheel syndrome here, where the billion dollar squeakers squeak so much that people will do anything to shut them up. I certainly hope this isn’t the case with Archbishop Vigano. It would be rather ironic for the Holy Father to fire him in the Year of Mercy. The most merciful thing he could do for the Church in America is to relegate the dissenting children to the corner and let them think about things for a while. A merciful parent doesn’t placate the spoiled brat. That would only serve to further stunt their growth.
On the bright side, here’s one refreshing piece about the visit to show that there are some of the liberal bent who are intellectually honest about the situation. I’m going to link directly to this one, because I’d really love the author to get credit for her honesty. Clearly, she and I would agree on little, but I can respect her for doing what so many in the media refuse to do: write honestly: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/pope-probably-agrees-with-davis-on-marriage.html I would, however, like to suggest the “backlash” that has come didn’t really materialize until the Vatican downplayed the meeting. It happened. Own it. There was nothing wrong with it. For goodness sake, he’s the Holy Father. He can meet with anyone. Does anyone remember a little island called Cuba?
Austin Ruse has called for the Church to apologize to Kim Davis (https://stream.org/church-owes-kim-davis-apology/). I think he should have been a bit more specific. The Church is too broad a term. Instead, it is Fr. Lombardi and club who should apologize to her, as well as to Archbishop Vigano. They are making the Vatican look, frankly, like the U.S. Republican party whose need to backtrack has had them in reverse for quite a while.
Please send Archbishop Vigano a note thanking him for all that he does. firstname.lastname@example.org