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(RNS) Escaping the “gilded cage” of the papal apartments has been a dream of many popes who fear losing touch with ordinary life. Here are five examples, mostly true, of other Catholic churchmen who have gone off the grid.

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  1. Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh

    Thankyou for clarifying that the Pope is not going out at night caring for the poor. That was only wishful thinking of some people.

    I must admit that I am very sad today to learn that Pope Francis refuses to cooperate with the United Nations in regard to the worldwide clergy sexual abuse of innocent children and vulnerable adults. I see now that Francis lacks the integrity of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland who had the courage to hand over all of the files on clergy sexual abuse from Dublin to the police for investigation and prosecution of the guilty priests and bishops.

    • Dr Rosemary, I hope you noticed Duane Lamers’ informative reply to your misguided and uninformed remarks. As for your “simple acceptance” that the rumor about Pope Francis is not going out in disguise to feed the homeless, it seems that you missed the main point of this article — Popes and Cardinals (the highest officials in the Catholic Church) are indeed going out “in secret” out of love for God and His people to live out what they believe in. Their “secrets” are typically confirmed, as the article points out, after they’ve gone home to the Lord.

      If you have an agenda, and want to ignore the facts (of which there are many) that clearly demonstrate the deep integrity and love of Pope Francis)\, then you’ll probably ignore the following short videos (CNN News report; the other, a deeply touching / inspiring trailer), but just in case your conscience (the part of you that was made in God’s image) starts tugging on your heart and you change your mind, see below…Shalom.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE5UysG-XoU
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vyRob74s7U

  2. Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh

    Thankyou for clarifying that the Pope is not going out at night caring for the poor. That was only wishful thinking of some people.
    I must admit that I am very sad today to learn that Pope Francis refuses to cooperate with the United Nations in regard to the worldwide clergy sexual abuse of innocent children and vulnerable adults. I see now that Francis lacks the integrity of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland who had the courage to hand over all of the files on clergy sexual abuse from Dublin to the police for investigation and prosecution of the guilty priests and bishops.

  3. Dr. McHugh, there are good reasons for the pope not to cooperate with the UN in this matter of clergy abuse. You might want to have a look at the agendas of some of the UN’s organizations and committees to see where they are headed as they strive to implement a “new world order.”

    Take note, too, that the vast majority of governments at the UN are headed by dictators and human rights violators, something that leftists are not concerned about, given their own attitudes regarding democratic government.

    You might just take a look at how the pope has been responding since his election when bishops are embroiled in the sexual abuse controversy. He has sacked a couple of them already.

    Keep in mind, Dr. McHugh, that sexual abuse is NOT the only concern of the Church or anyone else. Important as it is, it is not the all-consuming problem you would like to think that it is.

    • Jeez, conspiracy theory much? “New World Order” nonsense went out of style in the late 90’s.

      1. The Vatican is not a democracy. The Catholic Church has never had trouble hobnobbing with dictators before (The current pope may or may not have made Jesuits disappear during Argentina’s dictatorship period).

      2. Admirable job sacking the bishops but it smacks of token action without some kind of directives involving cooperating with law enforcement (and not trying to hide assets from lawsuits)

      3. Are you concerned at all with child abuse? You seem awfully quick to dismiss the issue.

      • On point 2, revised. According to the latest reports the Pope is taking the situation seriously and is openly talking about law enforcement cooperation.

        Way to go Pope Frankie!

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