Bear that most irresponsible suggestion in your mind as you read this statement from Gianna Jessen from her twitter feed. Many in the pro-life movement are familiar with Ms. Jessen, In the late 1970s she survived her mother's attempt to abort her via saline abortion. She has since gone on to be an advocate for the pre-born and for disability rights (she has cerebral palsy as a result of the abortion).
never thought a pope could make me cry. and PLEASE don't tell me i am really not reading what i am reading. pic.twitter.com/P48JZGvrZv— Gianna Jessen (@giannajessen) June 17, 2016
Is that what Father Zuhlsdorf would call a "spittle-flecked nutty"?? I don't believe Ms. Jessen is Catholic but I can be fairly certain her sentiments are echoed by thousands who, attempting to live Christian lives (Catholic and Protestant), have once again found themselves mocked by the current occupant of the Chair of Peter. We should be able to expect far better than that. Recently, when Bishop Robert Lynch announced his retirement, Bobby Schindler issued his own statement saying, "in my family's experience, Bishop Lynch was like the man spitting in the hand of a person in need." When the pope puked out the heresies regarding both marriage and fornication, he too spit into the hands of those looking to him for spiritual nourishment. In Matthew 7:9-10, Our Lord spoke of those parents who give bread and fish as opposed to stones and serpents. Last Thursday we were all handed a bunch of stones and serpents.
We also read in Matthew 18:6-7 Jesus' rebuke of those who cause scandals, saying that "it were better for him had a millstone be hanged about his neck and that he should be drowned.." Was Our Lord simply having a "spittle-flecked nutty"? He took scandals quite seriously. It would behoove us to do the same.