Pope Francis spoke again yesterday and I don’t know what he said I think. Oh, he made words and sounds and put them together into sentences, but what he meant to say will no doubt have to be parsed and explained by dozens of bloggers and dozens of interpreters in the Vatican. I try — I REALLY TRY — to understand him, since he is our pope. I have been trying since he first spoke as pope. But he is consistently incoherent. We should not have to read and then re-read and then re-read again what he says or writes to try to get some meaning from it. We should not have to have multiple interpretations of others to explain what the pope meant to say or write. I have taken to calling him Francis the Muddle-Headed. Then I would read another statement of his and find it clear and Catholic. I have come to realize that those statements are prepared statements, and I am convinced that others have written them for him. When he speaks, it’s muddled and could be Catholic, but often it’s gobbley-gook, sometimes not Catholic, sometimes mean, and sometimes downright stupid.
So what did he say yesterday? My guess should be as good as any other’s.
Free Love. The Holy Spirit leads us to free love, if only we didn’t have fear. Fear bad, very bad. We are afraid so we build walls and seek comfort in our communities and parishes and in following rules and regulations. Then we are narcissistic mirror-gazers.
“You can follow thousands of catechism courses, thousands of spirituality courses, thousands of yoga or Zen courses, and all these things. But none of this will be able to give you the freedom [you can have] as a child (of God).”
The second has his statement as:
“You can do a thousand courses in spirituality, a thousand in yoga, zen, all of these things,” added the pope. “But all of this will never be able to give you the freedom of the Lord”.
The first is the National Catholic Register, an American newspaper. The second is ANSA, an Italian newspaper. I think it’s safe to assume that the words “catechism course” have direct equivalents in Italian, so why were they left out? Did the editor realize that this might cause real Catholics once again to wonder if the pope is actually Catholic himself when he equates the Catechism, which we are told is the full and true statement of the Catholic Faith, with Zen and yoga, which are un-Christian and pagan belief systems?
This is the beginning of the interpretation and re-interpretation, the trotting out of what the pope really meant to say, and the deliberate cleansing of what I can only conclude is his lack of belief that the Catholic Church contains the full Truth and his belief that all religions are the same, and trying to hide this from Catholics, at least in Italy.
He said not to be afraid of following the rules and losing your eternal salvation: that’s just your overactive imagination. He said something about free love again.
He said that fear makes us follow rules and regulations and puts us in a prison that makes us safe.
So, rules and regulations are followed out of fear and put us in a prison. The Ten Commandments are rules and regulations, eh? No? The Catechism and the Faith are no different than Zen and Yoga, eh? No? Fear of the Lord is bad, eh? No? And our overactive imaginations is why we worry about losing our eternal salvation, eh? No? And doing all these things, having fear of the Lord, understanding and adhering to the Faith and living that Faith in its fullness makes us narcissists, eh? No? Living according to the Ten Commandments, the precepts of God, puts us in a prison, eh? No?
So put aside all those rules and regulations, don’t worry about following the Ten Commandments, don’t adhere to the beliefs set forth in the Catechism or other equivalent religions, and just follow the Holy Spirit into Free Love! Got it? The Spirit of ’68! And we are heading into the Summer of Love, aren’t we? Wait: wasn’t that ’67?
 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; in the council of the just: and in the congregation.  Great are the works of the Lord: sought out according to all his wills. His work is praise and magnificence: and his justice continueth for ever and ever.  He hath made a remembrance of his wonderful works, being a merciful and gracious Lord: He hath given food to them that fear him. He will be mindful for ever of his covenant:
 He will shew forth to his people the power of his works.  That he may give them the inheritance of the Gentiles: the works of his hands are truth and judgment.  All his commandments are faithful: confirmed for ever and ever, made in truth and equity.  He hath sent redemption to his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever. Holy and terrible is his name:  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A good understanding to all that do it: his praise continueth for ever and ever.