PopeWatch: Kristina Keneally



Kristina Keneally, a former premier of New South Wales who the voters had the good sense to bounce from office, reflects the impatience with Pope Francis that is growing on the Catholic Left.



I’m starting to have a crisis of faith. Not in God, but rather, in Pope Francis.

It seems a betrayal to even write these words. I’m a progressive Catholic who longs for a church that is more welcoming of women, homosexuals and divorced people. I want a church where the hierarchy spends more time talking about liberating the poor and oppressed and less time lecturing about birth control. I pray for a church that comprehensively faces the causes of child sexual abuse so we can have confidence such systematic evil will never occur again.

Francis – global superstar, media darling, a truly modern pope – is the best hope people like me have had for many years, right? He’s the second coming of John XXIII, isn’t he?

I confess that I am starting to doubt it.

Francis swept into the Chair of St Peter with such animation and apparent determination to up-end the traditional notions of how popes ought to behave.

Washing the feet of prisoners, including women and Muslims. Refusing to live in the Apostolic Palace. Apparently calling a woman who married a divorced man in a civil ceremony to assure her it’s OK to go to communion. Refusing to judge homosexuals.

“I love this guy,” proclaimed the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. Catholics everywhere – especially progressive Catholics, but also those who were lapsed or just bored – enthusiastically agreed.

Last month Francis made a curious comment in an interview marking the second anniversary of his election as pope:

I have the feeling that my Pontificate will be brief: four or five years; I do not know, even two or three. Two have already passed. It is a somewhat vague sensation. Maybe it’s like the psychology of the gambler who convinces himself he will lose so he won’t be disappointed and if he wins, is happy. I do not know. But I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short-time, and nothing more …

He’s only going to be pope for four or five years? Well, Francis, two of those years have already passed. It’s time to get moving.


Go here to read the rest.  Leftists have seized upon Pope Francis as their golden opportunity to neuter the Catholic Church.  They realize this opportunity may not come again for a very long time.  Of course their agenda may not be that of the Pope, and as time goes by with no major steps by Pope Francis, frustration will give way to bitter rage.

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  1. No one has corrected the leftist as they pray the Lords prayer; “Our Father, who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, MY will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven….”

    As long as obedience is not in their vocabulary, the left will continue to spoil the soup. “My will” is not a substitute for Thy will, unfortunately progressive types will argue that Change and Mercy are the special ingredient needed to make the soup more palatable.
    Mercy is already in, however they can’t taste it because they have lost the taste for authentic holy cuisine.

    Conversions! Please pray for conversions.

  2. She is a liar of course, the Church neb=ver lectures about birth control. The explosion of promiscuity and adultery since the pill validates the Church’s quiet position. Many married Catholics employ birth control as is obvious from family size and no churchmen wail about it. But the fact is, contraception has been devastatingly destructive to sexual mores.

  3. Shawn, indeed. Where is this mythical Church which spends any great deal of time discussing birth control? Even in more conservative parishes it hardly merits a more than occasional mention during homilies.

  4. Diabolical strategy 101: If you can’t control God, try to control His pope. If you can’t control His pope, stir the pot of confusion, which can only lead to sin….

  5. There is not space or time to correct each (every phrase is a lie) falsehood.

    Breivity is the soul of wit: Everything she wrote is meretricious and moronic. See this quote from the movie “My Cousin Vinnie”, “Everythg she just said is bu!!$#!+.”

    Bless her heart.

  6. I’ve been attending the Catholic Church regularly since autumn 1994 (was received in 1996). In that time, the ONLY time I’ve heard about birth control from the pulpit was 1) from a Legionary priest at Rosary Triduum 2) at the very occasional NFP conferences or events which, naturally, never occurred in my own diocese.
    The issue of contraception never occurred in RCIA class or marriage prep. Likewise I have not heard of abortion. The one time I heard about divorce from the pulpit was not to condemn divorce or uphold marriages or give hope to struggling marriages; the priest promoted annulments.

  7. I take that back: a Father of Mercy once mentioned the issue of contraception along with some other sexual sins. This was at a Marian conference which the diocese allowed by did not promote.

  8. There are plenty of dying, leftist faith(less) groups which have embraced her objectives and are desperate for her membership.

  9. I’ve heard sermons against birth control, not just in traditional parishes either. I’ve definitely heard sermons against abortion regularly. In the last few years, I’ve heard more sermons against pornography. Not much against divorce. I’m in the Archdiocese of Washington, which may be more vocally pro-life than most, due to it being the host city of the annual March for Life.

  10. In ten years of having to attend the local, relatively conservative N.O. parish, I can honestly say that I have NEVER heard the word “contraception” out of the mouths of any of the priests, let alone abortion, homosexual acts, divorce….. What parish has this woman been going to?

  11. Elizabeth – Ten years? Abortion? I find that extraordinary.

    In the past month, I heard a sermon which mentioned the “redefinition” of marriage.

  12. @Pinky: “Ten years? Abortion? I find that extraordinary.”

    Yes, extraordinary indeed. And that’s a relatively conservative parish.

  13. Kristina Keneally….please take this cue from four heroic nuns; http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/nuns-walk-out-of-san-francisco-catholic-school-as-students-push-gay-activis?utm

    Promoting gay lifestyles is wrong and kudos to these Sisters for honoring God and Gods Holy Word.

    This is the face of mercy. Four faces loving sinners, but not cowering to homosexual agendas. Bullying is what the gay establishment is doing to good God fearing people of Faith.

    Stand up and be not afraid. Sodomy is death. Spiritual and corporal.

  14. I want a church where the hierarchy spends more time talking about liberating the poor and oppressed and less time lecturing about birth control.
    –Kristina Keneally

    Wow, New South Wales really is on the other side of the world. My bishop lectures not at all about birth control, rather he spends much time “liberating the poor” by welcoming the immigrant–which hurts America’s own poor the most. He doesn’t say much about how filling up the nation with cheap, English-illiterate Spanish-speaking labor will liberate poor US blacks from poverty.

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