Are the Pope’s Prayer Intentions Catholic?

Just for the record, here are the official Pontifical Prayer Intentions for the year 2020, pulled from Vatican News here.

These are the things that the Successor of Peter wants every Catholic on earth to pray for.

Let’s play Find a Pattern…


JANUARY
For true human fraternity

We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

FEBRUARY
For religious sisters and consecrated women

We pray for religious sisters and consecrated women; thanking them for their mission and their courage; may they continue to find new responses to the challenges of our times.

MARCH
For a Christian response to bioethical challenges

We pray for Christians facing new bioethical challenges; may they continue to defend the dignity of all human life with prayer and action.

APRIL
For health care workers

We pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.

MAY
For faith-filled young people

We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

JUNE
For families

We pray for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives.

JULY
For the elderly

We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.

AUGUST
For small businesses

We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.

SEPTEMBER
For the abolition of the death penalty

We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.

OCTOBER
For a Church open to everyone

We pray for the Church; ever faithful to, and courageous in preaching the Gospel, may the Church be a community of solidarity, fraternity and welcome, always living in an atmosphere of synodality.

NOVEMBER
For children who suffer

We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war; may they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection.

DECEMBER
For volunteer not-for-profit organisations

We pray that volunteer non-profit organisations committed to human development find people dedicated to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new paths to international cooperation.


Ok, did you find it?

Beyond one brief, shining mention of a nondescript “holiness,” what pattern do we observe?

No Grace.

No Jesus.

No God.

Man.

Rights, dignity, human family, health, service, economics, solidarity, fraternity… what to say? A more naturalist, humanist, globalist set of prayer intentions could scarcely have been written by a Grand Master Mason.

Alas for our bishops. Gone are the days of the Synod of Sutri.

For very love of the Petrine office, will any of them find the courage to do more than write articles or issue appeals for clarification? It seems that one Archbishop is prepared to publicly regard Francis as the excommunicable head of a new world religion – yet even he does nothing. If a bishop really believed such a thing were true, or even approaching true, would he not take concerted external action to change the situation? Such would be his canonical duty, to say nothing of his obligation in charity.

Francis must be opposed, in the open, with legal proceedings, by those consecrated to shepherd the Church. May it be so in 2021.

Libera nos, Domine

…and Bravo the Restoration!

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