PopeWatch: Urban Planning

The type of rubbish that the Pope is hearing on his retreat:


The retreat preacher, Italian Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Francesco Maria Gianni, delivered the meditation drawing much from the saintly mayor of the Italian city of Florence, Giorgio La Pira, who believed in God’s dream that a city modelled on the heavenly Jerusalem was possible on earth. 

This dream or plan, Abbot Gianni explained, concerns not just the city of Florence of La Pira but all the cities of the world understood as a “space for reconciliation, peace and encounter”, in contrast to a world that is too often condemned to despair, resignation and darkness that are deemed invincible.   

The Benedictine monk also spoke about the “universal mystery” that leads each city to rediscover its true vocation and to reflect the heavenly Jerusalem, where people live cohesively, animated by ardent desires and great hopes.

Far from being an irrational, dreamlike and meaningless digression, he explained, this dream is so concrete that it opens the horizon to the action of God.  Revisiting and renewing cities top-down, as La Pira wrote, thus becomes fundamental for the good of the people and of political, technical and economic structures.

This is the contemplative outlook of faith, that seeks to implement the history of Christ in the world, despite every effort to break the harmony, beauty and splendour of the city of God. 

Go here to read the rest.  Saint Augustine’s City of God was not a book on urban planning the last time PopeWatch looked.  When PopeWatch thinks of Chicago, describing it as a  “space for reconciliation, peace and encounter” somehow never comes to mind.

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  1. 2nd Peter 3:1-13

    “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

    Revelation 21:1-2, 10

    “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband…And in the Spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God…”

  2. The Vatican has simply become a gay cult. This emperor of which has no clothes. Where is the child to say so? The next Archbishop Vigano must step forward. God calls!

  3. The heavenly Jerusalem is in the heart of each and every human being who must give informed consent. Free will consent to the heavenly Jerusalem brought St.John the Evangelist and Peter to acknowledge, that is to envision, the heavenly kingdom on earth. Without the free will consent of each person we will have totalitarianism. God forces no one into heaven.
    There can be no heavenly kingdom on earth without the free will informed consent of its inhabitants.

  4. Dear Mary,

    One day God will burn the heavens and the Earth up. He will create a new Heaven and a New Earth with a New Jerusalem. The plain meaning of Sacred Scripture that I cited above is clear. It’s NOT going to be a Heaven on this Earth. No such thing! That can never be. Consider Romans 8:18-25 quoted below – I believe that the groaning in travail is two fold, spiritual and physical. The spiritual is the travail due to the moral consequences of sin. The physical is due to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. God will replace all of Creation. This current universe that is 13.73 billion year old and some 40 billion light year in diameter will be destroyed and replaced. I say again, there will be no new Jerusalem in this our present and current universe. Not going to happen, period. Pope Francis and his kind can forget about a paradise on this Earth. What heresy!

    18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

  5. Which is why human activity will NEVER destroy the Earth. That is such an arrogant and prideful thought, that we peons are capable of destroying what God created. This destruction of Earth will come at God’s discretion and it will be He who is the catalyst.

  6. Sounds like another scheme to take back Paradise while making a name for ourselves. The first such scheme was the construction of a tower at a place called Babel.

  7. Yes, what a great idea, Pope! Heaven on earth. No more vale of tears. You are beginning to sound as good as your man Bernie.

  8. It sickens me how they observe every little leaf, gnat, gorilla, whale, dolphin, spotted owl, snail, etc…as preeminent in creation and nary a blink at the sacrifice of their own human children.

  9. “manipulation” is that Vatican doublespeak for blackmail? From the Catholic News Agency article referenced by Dale Price:
    Fr. Manzano said he didn’t believe the Vatican meant to lie or hide
    anything about Zanchetta. He said he believed Francis and other
    Vatican officials had also been victims of the bishop’s “manipulation.”
    The Vatican has known about Zanchetta’s lewd cell phone pictures of himself and of others since as early 2015. It doesn’t appear that the excuse of cell phone hacking as claimed by Zanchetta was ever investigated because the Pope believed his friend on his word.

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