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FRANCIS GIVES BISHOPS 8 BEATITUDES TO LIVE BY

  • “Blessed is the bishop who makes poverty and sharing his way of life, so that by his witness he is building up the kingdom of heaven.
  • “Blessed is the bishop who is not afraid of tears streaming down his face, so that in them may be mirrored the pains of the people, the hard work of priests, finding God’s consolation in the embrace with those who suffer.
  • “Blessed is the bishop who considers his ministry a service and not power, making meekness his strength, giving everyone the right to hold citizenship in his heart, to inhabit the land promised to the meek.
  • “Blessed is the bishop who does not shut himself up in the palaces of governance, who does not become a bureaucrat who is more attentive to statistics than to faces, to procedures than to stories, who is seeking to fight alongside humanity for God’s dream of justice because the Lord, encountered in the silence of daily prayer, will be his nourishment.
  • “Blessed is the bishop who has a heart for the misery of the world, who is not afraid to dirty his hands with the mud of the human soul in order to find God’s gold, who is not scandalized by the sin and frailty of others because he is aware of his own misery, so that the gaze of the Risen Crucified One will be a seal of infinite forgiveness for him.
  • “Blessed is the bishop who banishes duplicity of heart, who avoids every ambiguous dynamic, who dreams of the good even in the midst of evil, because he will be able to rejoice in God’s countenance, discovering his reflection in every puddle of the city of mankind.
  • “Blessed is the bishop who works for peace, who accompanies journeys of reconciliation, who sows the seed of communion in the heart of the presbytery, who accompanies a divided society along the path of reconciliation, who takes every man and woman of goodwill by the hand to build fraternity: God will recognize him as his son.
  • “Blessed is the bishop who is not afraid to go against the tide for the sake of the Gospel, making his face ‘stern’ like that of Christ on his way to Jerusalem, without letting himself be held back by misunderstandings and obstacles because he knows that the kingdom of God advances in the contradiction of the world.”

PAT SAYS,

These beatitudes were not composed by Francis but he has adopted and recom ended them

The words that stand out:

POVERTY.

TRUE CLOSENNESS TO PRIESTS AND PEOPLE

HAVING A SERVICE OF MINISTRY AND NOT POWER.

NOT SHUT AWAY IN A PALACE.

BISHOP TO GET HIS HANDS DIRTY.

NO DUPLICITY.

CREATING UNITY, NOT DISUNITY.

PREPARED TO GO AGAINST THE TIDE.

How do readers feel our bishops in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales fair in living out these beatitudes?

62 replies on “FRANCIS GIVES BISHOPS 8 BEATITUDES TO LIVE BY”

How do readers feel about Bishop Buckley vis a vis these Beatitudes? Discuss. My answer: Pat tries to be better than all others: sees himself as the best: doesn’t always get it right: loves his title: does some good: is basically a good person but not totally virtuous or a model of humility. He’s fragile like all of us and prine to sin and failings. These Beatitudes should be lived by all pastors and shepherds but only after EMBRACING THE ORIGINAL JESUS’ BEATITUDES…now there’s the challenge for all of us!

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Never mind them, obviously Uncle Jorge, him from the Vatican City State, is too high in the echelon to be a bishop! “Ambiguous dynamic” and “citizenship” especially are to puke. The Roman church will not recover unless it abandons the sacramental system, which it has perverted.

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UJ is admitting intends bishops to be doormats lorded over / sabotaged by his armada of arm twisters handlers / minders, quangoes and “movements” (a “laic” in Englewood NJ is more powerful than any bishop anywhere for example). These are allowed all the “prohibited” things. Boot (etc) licking will not make things easier for bishops unless they are my friend’s friend’s boss, who by “funny” coincidence had acquaintances in Englewood.

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Ah, here I sit early in the morning at my desk, with my single estate coffee and artisan sourdough toast, and wading through this sanctimonious, fluffy, emotion laden shite from the Holy Father. Why doesn’t he just encourage the bishops to read the original Beatitudes, and to live those, rather than trying to reinvent them in his cloying, verbose and naff style ? The problem is that bishops have also been encouraged to sharpen their managerial and administrative style and skills, because if they get a decision wrong, especially those that have to do with the management of safeguarding, then they are toast under Francis. So, no wonder they have little or no time for being the kind of bishop Francis is exhorting them to be. What priest these days is able to go to his bishop and talk freely and openly, without the bishop admonishing him of all kinds of limits and exclusions and disclosures before he even begins to speak ? Bishops are not paternal bishops any more, they are managerial administrators striving to hit their KPIs. If I have a problem, or an issue, or am concerned about something, the bishop is the last person I would tell about it. Any disclosure you make to a bishop these days becomes something that is noted and minuted and used to make judgements on who you are and what you do, whether you are a problem in the making. Treat bishops like they are the Police, and be very cautious when interviewed. Get advice and get support. Don’t go in to his office alone and unprotected. That’s my experience. If I did it otherwise I probably wouldn’t still be sitting here with my single estate coffee and artisan sourdough toast !

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8.10: Having read thus set if Beatitudes, It’s not coffee or sourdough toast I wanted but a long g & t..Mother of God, the Beatitudes from St. Matthew’s gospel as espoused by Jesus are the first and foremost BEATITUDES….All else is as you say “fluffy” commentary…Now for that g & t!!! If only…Papa Francesco – please!!

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10:46 Actually a comment. In blogging jargon the word post refers to Pat’s original post and everything else afterwards is a comment.

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Absolutely true. They are managers and not your father’s in Christ. Smile and “no comment” answers are best. Don’t let them try to fool you otherwise.

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8.10
Someone has been spiking your coffee with arsenic. Your pH level is well below 7 and bitterness is bubbling over.

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The one with the chic sports car only got made bishop because he had dimpled cheeks (I think I mean cheeks?)

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10.50: Blessed are those who show mercy, they will have mercy shown to them – the original beatitude of Jesus…REMEMBER…who are you to judge?

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@ 11:57 am
Episcopal leaders, et al, will be on their knees in repentance before long.
Chalk it down, Seamus. Chalk it down.
PAX.

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1.03: Never said anything of the kind, you fool. Read properly. I merely asked you to remember the original beatitude which prioritised MERCY. Go figure…

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It would kinda help if you didn’t say things on the internet if you don’t want to say them…

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Is jorge trying trump JESUS?
Are THE ORIGINAL BEATITUDES OF JESUS…now cancelled?
Excellent posts @ 8:10 am & 10:26 am.

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With @8.10am and 10.26am, you have made a rather poor, cynical comment. Francis, our teacher, has used the concept ‘Beatitude’ generically. He has written beatitudes that are entirely in harmony with but separate from those found in scripture. If you care to extend your mental capacity, you will understand this point and appreciate the Holy Father’s care for his people..

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I prefer the specific particular non-generic Beatitudes of Christ Jesus, Our LORD.

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@ 3:46pm

You’re mental if you think his humbleness has any idea about the Beatitudes. How can this rigid dictator pope have a clue about anything except his own very strange agenda.

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3.46: More fluffy thinking. The St.Matthew Beatitudes are preeminent to any rewriting of them. Pope Francis is inspiring in many ways but we are simply saying he should reiterate the First Beatitudes for all pastors.

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It’s a funny thing, but you would think catholics would like the pope telling the bishops to behave themselves, but no…
The more they all go on, the more I see the point Magna Carta was trying to make.

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The same usual disgruntled suspects I still see on here tearing pieces out of each other. Nothing much has changed!!!

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8.36: The bitchiness is part of this blog. The tearing apart is the focal point of the blog, sadly.

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Oul Gossip Alert @ 7:46pm
Was waiting for you, oul Fanny’s cheer girl strutting about with yer pom pom’s and yer Ra Ra skirt spouting your usual shite about the oul bollox. Get a grip an do wan!

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Just asking cos I find it hard to believe that rcc tradition is greater than the bible 🤷‍♂️🤔🤔.???

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Peace be with you my brothers and sisters in Christ! Peace be with you my fellow comment makers of different faiths and none.
I humbly point out that the Bible and the 10 Commandments are a great moral compass for all.
Is mise le meas,
Séamus
Pax

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Absolutely, Seamus.

When men fight with one another, and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts, then you shall cut off her hand. Deuteronomy 25:11-12

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You all need to be reminded that Canon 1373 provides a sentence of interdiction against those promoting hate against the Roman see.

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Always something very weird about people who spout different Codes at people. Tells you a lot about their lives and gives you a great insight into them.

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10:50 pm

Bellarmine, the barmy far left want human beings to become trans-humans.
What a bunch of plonkers!

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Well, I suppose +Amy made a big effort on unity rather than disunity recently, so brownie points there for her, Bp Pat.

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Noel Treanor is all about money and trips abroad. He is not connected to his diocese, most haven’t a clue who he is, like the protocol. The local priest is much the same, 4 trips this year in the middle of a pandemic, he’s taking his lead clearly from the boss. Wouldn’t bend over backwards for his parishioners, but put a twink in front of him and I’m sure he would do more than that.

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4.17: Put a twink in front of your PP…why don’t you try being the “twink”, if not one already? You might be lucky!! Or else you’re a bitchy gossiper.

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Blessed is the priest who considers his ministry a service and not power, well if Jesus could see the power struggle going on at the minute in St Patrick’s Parish between McAleese and O’Neill he would rise from the dead again and knock these clowns out. Two faced monsters singing off different hymn sheets, but McAleese seems to be winning this battle atm as O’Neill was off sick for a while but is back again.

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https://apnews.com/article/religion-lawsuits-new-jersey-sexual-abuse-by-clergy-sexual-abuse-08a4ce76b3d2dd7185146ddc6cbfcd3c

Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick named in sex abuse lawsuit
By DAVID PORTER

” Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is facing another sexual abuse lawsuit, from a man who claims McCarrick abused him in the 1980s in New Jersey.
In the lawsuit filed in state court and announced Tuesday, Michael Reading alleged McCarrick engaged in sexual contact with him in 1986 while on a trip to the New Jersey shore, around the same time McCarrick ordained Reading as a priest.”

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That’s because i – their criminal code is unbalanced ii – being more religious in atttude they are slower to prosecute churchmen while (if) allowed

All law, worldwide, was about seeking compensation, at one time

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No new Beatitudes just try reading, praying and putting into practice the old ones

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Blessed are those who crave novelty and are interiorly restless, they will produce unending platitudes

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10.36
The Bible is replete with examples of earliernaterial being re-used in later contexts to speakto the people of the day. Interpretation didn’t end with the death of the last apostle.

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@10.55 My wry comment was intended as such and wasn’t meant to carry any theological weight. I concede your point at a more serious level. 🧐🤓

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@ 10:36 pm
Why did Francis endorse the world economic forum great reset…?
Empty vessels make most noise. Therefore, make sure oils lamps have plenty of oil.
Watch and pray….
Maranatha+
Come Lord Jesus.

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Excellent post 4:31. O’Neill allegedly harassed the two previous newly ordained curates so much that they requested moves away . Putting McAleese in that parish was a strategic move as it was common knowledge amongst the clergy that McAleese wouldn’t take any shite from bully boy O’Neill, a man who is known by his parishioners as a phoney and an actor. His only interest is in pleasing Treanor and being the big lad in St Patrick’s but people in that parish see through him with his put on accent and his falseness. Single handedly he has done extreme damage to that parish. Some parishioners have started going elsewhere. This won’t faze Noel Treanor one bit because all he cares about is himself. A very aloof and snobby man who would never get his hands dirty with the hoi polloi. D&C is in a complete mess. He has surrounded himself with sycophants who care more about getting British honours than they do, the people of the diocese. As one priest recently said to me “who cares what the pope says”. Down and Connor is a cesspit run by a hermit of a bishop dwelling in his multi million pound mansion

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It’s a pity Fintan Monaghan didn’t listen to all the faces in cloughleigh parish who approached re keeping a local parish priest.
Instead, decided to pay rent and bills of a willing participant, one who made up lies about local people

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