In the last three years, I have read two articles about each of the latest two popes being described as a literal father figure in a nuclear family.
The perspective differs according to the different dates they were written. The first article is a little more sedate and pleading, as it was written after the first two years of Pope Francis’ pontificate. But the second article is readily more cutting, gritty, and unforgiving, as it was written recently, four years after Pope Francis was elected.
The blog article that I actually featured here in January 2015 described how Pope Francis was an abusive father. It is called: A Verbally and Metally Abusive Father. This vision of a father is one of a man who seems self-absorbed, disconnected, and indifferent to the sufferings of the family. If the children are having a problem, and they go to this father, he yells at them abusively:
“Imagine a father who lives in the picturesque suburbs. He has a good job, a loving wife, and several beautiful children of various ages. Many people look up to this man as an exemplary model within the community. Most say he is on his way to sainthood.
“As an outsider, this is only a part of the full picture. Now imagine if this same father spends more time playing with the other children in the neighborhood than he does his own children.When his children ask why their father would rather play with the other children and not his own, he in turn starts teasing them, making fun of them, and insisting that they are being whiny brats, instead of getting a loving answer in regards to why he is neglecting their emotional health.
“Additionally, his children are victim to several bullies in the neighborhood, tormentors who are relentless and look for any flaw in these children in order to persecute them. The father’s words and actions give these bullies ammunition to use against his children. Then the aggressors pounce upon the children and use the father’s own words against them.
“When some of the children get rightfully upset and complain about their father supporting the bullies more than themselves, their siblings yell at them and force their ideas into submission. “You can’t criticize Dad! He’s our father! You have to be obedient and submissive to his will, after all, he knows better than you do.” With this, the family has become more divided than before. Not only is the father allowing the world to abuse his children the same way he does, but some of the children viciously defend his abusive actions.”
The Rolling Stone
There is a second article that came out recently that a lot of us are better acquainted with. This is the article written by Ann Barnhardt: Letter From An Absentee Father To His Children. It is very cutting, and sadly, it seems as something a lot of us are able to relate to.
Unlike the first article I mentioned, this one actually discusses the fatherhood of Pope Benedict XVI, who a lot of us originally thought was going to be a good pope. In this description, we envision a father who decided to abandon the family to “go do his own thing.” This is a father who places emphasis on “finding himself” at the expense of his family’s welfare. And in his place comes a foster father who is very abusive and destructive.
It has been over four years since I abandoned you and declared myself your “father emeritus”, but I wanted to write this letter to you in the hopes that it would console you. As I said when I was walking out the door, I have not ceased to be your father, I have just chosen to only be your father in the passive, contemplative, inactive, absentee sense. After all, who is to say how many “fathers” a child can have? What’s important is not who is or is not your father, but rather what fatherhood MEANS. Fatherhood for me means withdrawing from the active duties of fatherhood while maintaining the spiritual aspect, and in doing this, stepping aside and making way for another man to become your “active father”. In doing this, I have expanded fatherhood, thus permanently transforming fatherhood into a collegial, synodal paradigm. At least, that is what I tell myself.
I want you to know that I am fully aware that since I abandoned Your Mother and all of you, that a raging psychopath calling himself your “active father” has moved into your house and is now raping and beating Your Mother before your eyes on a daily basis. I am also aware that he is beating you, emotionally abusing you, poisoning you, and is exposing you to his cabal of friends, almost all of whom are sodomites/boy rapists.
I want you to know that I am aware of this, and assure you of my closeness to you in prayer. I hope this consoles you.
Further, I want you to know that things are going to get much, much worse. Don’t ask me how I know this. Let’s just say that when I was still your Active Father, I … was made privy to certain… secrets.
The psychopath and his sodomite/boy raping friends are going to rape and beat Your Mother so badly that it will literally require a supernatural miracle to save her life. She will not die, but she will be raped and beaten unto death. All of this will be done before your very eyes. In fact, the psychopath and his sodomite gang will luxuriate in the fact that you, the children, will see this happen.
As for you, my dear, dear children, many of you will not survive this. You will be beaten, berated, poisoned and some of you will also be raped. For many of you, this abuse and terror will be so intense that you will abandon Your Mother and commit de facto suicide. Others of you will turn into exactly the same kind of psychopathic monsters as your “active father” and his gang. The only promise I can make to you is that at least ONE of you will survive. It is possible that ALL BUT ONE of you, my children, will be lost.
But take heart! I am aware of what is happening to you, and I am close to you in prayer.
Since this second article was written a full four years after the Church welcomed Pope Francis, we have the full benefit of hindsight. There is no longer room for giving him the benefit of the doubt. We are fully aware of what kind of man Pope Francis is. But we are also fully aware of what kind of man Pope Benedict XVI is. The latter is a quitter who fled for fear of the wolves, leaving us all to be eaten alive.
I could wholly connect and relate to each of these articles. I expect them survive into the future and be read as historical literature by future generations, in order to better help our descendants understand what, exactly, we went through at this time.
A quick note for the unsavvy: I did not include all of the articles. You can read them in their completed form by clicking on their hyperlinked titles.