Pope Hosts Interfaith Peace Gathering Between Vatican And Priestly Fraternity Of St. Peter In Assisi

December 20, 2016 by  
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In what Pope Francis called “the first ever interfaith peace gathering between the Vatican and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) ” in Assisi, the Pontiff told those gathered that “calling people rigid in the name of God does not represent the true nature of religion and must be condemned by all.”

“We never tire of repeating that the name of God cannot be used to justify insults. We must always remember that although sticks and stones may break a person’s bones, words will never hurt them.”

The three-day event, organized by the Diocese of Assisi, called “Thirst for Peace: Thinking before Speaking,” is what the Pope hopes will be a yearly renewal “between two very different, yet somehow, similar faiths.”

Following a prayer service, the pope joined FSSP Superior General Reverend John Berg to appeal for peace and unity.

In his speech, Francis called on believers of every faith, including fringe religions such as Scientologists, Branch Dividians, the Peoples Temple, and members of the Priestly Fraternity Of St. Peter “to confront the great sickness of our time: Ad Orientem.”

“It is a virus that paralyzes, rendering us lethargic and insensitive, a disease that eats away at the very heart of religious fervor, giving rise to a new and deeply sad paganism: the paganism of turning one’s back at the people of God,” he said.

The pope went on to call on religious believers to not remain indifferent to the suffering of people who have had to attend a Mass that they did not understand, but instead, to be “the voice of those oppressed women who have had to wear silly hijab-like mantillas.”

“I am thinking of traditionalist families, whose lives have been shattered; of the children who have known only hostile sermons; of the elderly, forced to kneel during Mass. All of them have a great thirst for comfort,” Francis said. “We do not want these tragedies to be forgotten.”



  • Reader Yesterday

    As a member of an FSSP parish, I approve this message! (as too, too funny!)

  • samton909

    I agree with the Pope. Ad orientum worship is the scourge of our times. Imagine! The priest turned his back to me. I start crying the moment he does it, it is so hurtful. My kids start crying, too. My poor grandmother keeps attempting suicide as soon as that priest turns his back. Such rudeness! I don’t blame her. Just last week, twelve people took cyanide at mass because the priest turned his back on them. Something must be done. Priests should do what they have always done – tell jokes, say good morning, call the children up to the altar, that sort of thing. That’s what priests are for!

  • All I know is that when the priest has his back to me, I can’t hear his prayers to me. 😉

  • Famijoly

    This is hilarious! But, sadly, like all effective satire, it has a realistic feel to it.

  • ctamayo8

    I am a very proud and rigid member of the FSSP. I have been raised in the Catholic Church and saw the changes, but didn’t really see. The changes were subtle. What is done now is far from what was. Even the Canon needs more reverence in the NO.

    I have fallen in love with or Triune God. The most beautiful Sacrifice on earth. Nothing compares and facing the Cross which bares the crucified Lord is a rememberance of what He did for us. It’s a prayer to God, solemn prayer.
    I never knew this up until 2 years ago.

    Holy Mass isn’t for song and dance and clapping or even women up in the sanctuary. The men that serve as Priests and Acolytes have such reverence and respect and hopefully go off to be Priests themselves. That’s the purpose and many find there way at the altar. Women are a mere distraction – I whole heartily agree (I didn’t before) now I know my place. As Mary knew hers guiding, yet distan,t so Jesus could do His work for His Father in Heaven.

    We must know are place in the world, so God can do His work through us.

  • disqus_VFYC4t5TnK

    As an FSSP parishioner, I can find the humor in this. However, I’ve had to serve as apologist for both the Church and EOTT in the past when friends or relatives happened upon an article here and came to me with shouts of “I KNEW you were in a cult! I read all about in this news article on a CATHOLIC website!!”

    This one’s going to do it again. sigh.

    Well, I guess I should just thank you, EOTT, for giving us Catholics another opportunity to (try) to explain to our non-Catholic brethren the difference between reality and satire. i.e.: EOTT=Reality / CNN=Satire

    • VeilOfTiers

      And then there’s FakeNews™. It’s all the rage these days!

  • Casper

    ” “the voice of those oppressed women who have had to wear silly hijab-like mantillas.””
    I don’t think the pope would speak in a derogatory way about the the hijab.

    • Rose Lincoln

      You’re right, he wouldn’t dare “offend”.

  • Arthur Rusdell-Wilson

    You’re having a laugh. (I hope.)

  • pat

    It’s not really Assisi until Bhuda is placed on the altar!