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http://www.onepeterfive.com/open-letter-to-pope-francis-from-a-former-member-of-the-roman-curia/

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... Following your own example, I shall omit to speak about all the good that you are doing and are speaking and I shall thus only list those aspects of your exercise of the papal office which seem to me to be problematic:

1. An emotional and anti-intellectual attitude of yours which is often tangible and which has difficulties in dealing with theories and doctrines ...

2. Authoritarianism ...

3. A populism of change ...

4. Your own conduct is seen as a critique of how your (often canonized) predecessors have lived, talked, and acted ...

5. Pastoralism ...

6. Exaggerated display of the simplicity of your own way of life ...

7. A particularism which often subjugates the goals and purposes of the Universal Church under the viewpoints of only a part of the Church ...

8. An urge for constant spontaneity ...

9. Lack of clarity about the interconnectedness of religious, political, and economic freedom ...

10. Meta-Clericalism ...

[conclusion]

... Unfortunately, I know that you are not yet capable of dealing well with such criticism – that is why I do not put my name on this letter. I want to protect my superiors against your wrath, especially the priests and bishops with whom I have worked for many years in Rome and from whom I have learned so much. You might want to work on taking away such fears – from me and from others – or, even better, to make such letters as this one superfluous, namely, by learning something from others. ...
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: open-letter-to-pope-francis-from-a-former-member-of-the Roman Curia
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2015, 02:42:58 PM »
The above letter is an English translation from the original German posted by OnePeterFive on December 9, 2015, so some things could have been lost in translation.
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The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: open-letter-to-pope-francis-from-a-former-member-of-the Roman Curia
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2015, 02:45:46 PM »
What is pastoralism?
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Re: open-letter-to-pope-francis-from-a-former-member-of-the Roman Curia
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2015, 02:48:38 PM »
The above letter is an English translation from the original German posted by OnePeterFive on December 9, 2015, so some things could have been lost in translation.

Yet somehow the snarky tone came thru translation quite clearly ...
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Re: open-letter-to-pope-francis-from-a-former-member-of-the Roman Curia
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2015, 08:57:18 PM »
The above letter is an English translation from the original German posted by OnePeterFive on December 9, 2015, so some things could have been lost in translation.

Yet somehow the snarky tone came thru translation quite clearly ...

You are probably correct.
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: open-letter-to-pope-francis-from-a-former-member-of-the Roman Curia
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2015, 09:04:57 PM »
The above letter is an English translation from the original German posted by OnePeterFive on December 9, 2015, so some things could have been lost in translation.

Yet somehow the snarky tone came thru translation quite clearly ...

And might be why it was posted here.
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Re: open-letter-to-pope-francis-from-a-former-member-of-the Roman Curia
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2015, 02:09:15 AM »
What is pastoralism?

And what's Meta-Clericalism?

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4. Your own conduct is seen as a critique of how your (often canonized) predecessors have lived, talked, and acted ...

So? He isn't allowed to do anything differently from his predecessors? Does this guy think that every Pope since St. Peter has done things exactly the same way?
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Re: open-letter-to-pope-francis-from-a-former-member-of-the Roman Curia
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2015, 06:45:27 PM »
Wow, courageous....Couldn't even sign his or her name.