Friday, June 14, 2013

St. Anthony Messenger, SHAME ON YOU!

Dear St. Anthony Messenger Editor:

I am utterly speechless. I could not wait to get this months copy (June 2013) of St. Anthony Messenger, fully expecting to see our newly elected Pope Francis on the cover as we Franciscans have a rare opportunity to celebrate our new Pontiff's desire to associate himself with our Seraphic Father, St. Francis of Assisi. Then again, I thought perhaps the front cover might be of our newly elected 120th successor of St. Francis of Assisi as Minister General of the Franciscan Order, Fr. Michael A. Perry, OFM. He is truly a remarkable human being and more people should become familiar with him. Both of these stories are truly noteworthy events in the lives of Franciscans worldwide. But alas, it wasn't to be. Instead, the cover of your magazine was graced by a dissident nun, standing in front of a bus that was bought and paid for by George Soros, while Sister bounces down the road singing the praises of the Democrat Party, abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination, and homosexuality. Shame on you!

Chris Dickson, F.L.A.
Hermitage Scullion
The Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage and Retreat Center

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Blogger A Secular Franciscan said...

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June 14, 2013 8:05 PM  
Blogger Chris Dickson, F.L.A. said...

Dear Chris,

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't like to see Sister Simone on the cover.
You may have missed the previous month, which was graced by the smiling Pope
Francis. You're correct in noting that we would never miss the significance
not only of a papal election, but also of a pontiff who has chosen St.
Francis as his inspiration. The cover the month before was Pope Emeritus
Benedict XVI-once again, we all owe him a debt, and our readers liked
reading about his gracious retirement. Next month we feature TV personality
Bill O'Reilly, who, like Sister Simone, will get people's attention. All of
the above are faithful Catholics, in good standing with the Church. Groups
of the faithful have their opinions about each one.

(If you read the article, you would hear Sister Simone's views against
abortion and see just what she is saying in defense of the poor.)

We're a Catholic, Franciscan magazine. We strive to bring voices from across
the Church to our readers.

By the way, we'll have another article on Pope Francis in October, and will
be featuring his encyclical in a future issue. I'm not sure what we'll do
with Father Perry, whom I met a few times when he worked with the U.S.
bishops' conference.

I wish you every blessing.


John Feister

Editor in Chief, St. Anthony Messenger, Periodicals

June 18, 2013 5:43 PM  

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