If Pope Francis was President Reagan would the Media be Reporting Signs of Dementia?
-"Francis had no qualms about using the few and confused facts he had grasped poorly a short time before to accuse that blameless president of Paraguay of nothing less than a crime compared with the worse misdeeds of the Nazis and Stalinists."(Chiesa website)
-"'It’s OK to shack up……so long as you don’t cheat.' This from a Pope."
"Pope Francis is not our 'crazy old uncle' who 'everyone knows' is a little off his rocker.When the Pope says something, he gets headlines in many media venues." (Commenters on Fr. Z blog)
On March 30, 2015, The New York Times, 30 years after his presidency, said when "Ronald Reagan became the oldest elected president, his mental state was a political issue. His adversaries often suggested his penchant for contradictory statements, forgetting names and seeming absent-mindedness could be linked to dementia."
"And yet, in spite of his stating and emphasizing his ignorance of the case, Francis had no qualms about using the few and confused facts he had grasped poorly a short time before to accuse that blameless president of Paraguay of nothing less than a crime compared with the worse misdeeds of the Nazis and Stalinists."
Here are some examples from Magister's Article The Pope Is Not Infallible. Here Are Eight Proofs:
But if one searches through all the writings and discourses of pope Joseph Ratzinger, the formula 'zero tolerance' is simply not to be found."
-"In responding to the barrage of questions on 'Amoris Laetitia,' Francis pointed to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn as the right interpreter of the document...he added: 'He was secretary of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith.' Which is not true, because on this congregation Schönborn was and is only a member.
Moreover, in that same press conference, Francis replied with an improbable “I do not remember that footnote” to a question on the crucial footnote 351 of 'Amoris Laetitia,' the one that envisions “the help of the sacraments” for the divorced and remarried."
-"Pope Francis said:
'Paul VI - the great! - in a difficult situation, in Africa, allowed the nuns to use contraception for cases of violence.'
And he added that "avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil, and in certain cases, as in those that I mentioned of the blessed Paul VI, [that] was clear."
...Now, that Paul VI explicitly gave this permission is not evident at all. No one has ever been able to cite a single word of his in this regard."
-"Another error, the imaginary citation that Francis put into the mouth of the composer Gustav Mahler in the speech - packed with admonitions - given to Communion and Liberation on March 7, 2015...In none of Mahler’s writings, in fact, can the phrase cited by Francis be found."
-"And finally, another phrase very dear to Jorge Mario Bergoglio but by an imaginary author: 'Ipse harmonia est.'
...But Francis didn’t give up, and twenty months later he came back to citing the motto, attributing a paternity to it himself: “‘Ipse harmonia est’, Saint Basil says.” And this time as well it ended up in the record without a footnote, because no one was able to discover where Saint Basil might have said those words." [ http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1351315?eng=y ]
Another example of confusion was the Pope equating Islamic violent conquest with Christian evangelization in stating that the "idea of conquest is inherent to the soul of Islam," then adding that "one could also interpret the end of Saint Matthew’s gospel, where Jesus sends out his disciples to all nations, as the same idea of conquest."
Islam expert Robert Spencer responding to this quote said "Pope Francis is profoundly confused. Christianity has no doctrine mandating warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers. Islam does. And he is supposed to be the head of the Catholic Church, the largest Christian body in the world. He should thus be defending Christianity, not indulging in politically correct and fallacious moral equivalence."
- Forgetting recent events or conversations
As dementia becomes worse, symptoms are more obvious and interfere with the ability to take care of oneself. Symptoms may include:
- Forgetting details about current events
- Using the wrong word, not pronouncing words correctly, speaking in confusing sentences [ http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/dementia/overview.html ]
"Later in his reply Pope Francis spoke of couples preferring to cohabitate, and told priests not to tell them to marry, but to accompany them instead. 'They prefer to cohabitate, and this is a challenge, a task. Not to ask ‘why don’t you marry?’ No, to accompany, to wait, and to help them to mature, help fidelity to mature.'"
Earlier in the article the Pope said “I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity.”
Pope Francis is telling priests to tell fornicators it's okay to sin if there is fidelity.
It appears at the very least the Bishops, Cardinals or Catholic media have to ask the Pope to receive a battery of psychological tests.
Three commenters on the famous Fr. Z blog said it best:
The Fr. Z blog bends over backwards to be fair and respectful to Pope Francis, but does call a spade a spade.
The blog's commenters are intelligent, well read and middle of the road faithful orthodox Catholics. They are not radical traditionalist. Fr. Z is very heavy handed in deleting Rad Trads as they are called.