Pope Francis has a treatable brain tumor? Vatican furiously denies. October 21, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, foolishness, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Papa, Revolution, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
As Rorate noted on Twitter, how sad that after years of press manipulation and frequent double-dealing with the faithful, many now seriously doubt the Vatican’s denials.
Italian media is reporting Pope Francis has a treatable brain tumor. The Vatican is denying this claim in the strongest terms, but the media are standing by their claims. Normally I wouldn’t cover such a one off rumor, but given the enormous ramifications if true I thought I’d mention it. One can easily discern huge implications for the Synod and much else besides if there is even fair reason to expect that Pope Francis may be debilitated in any way. If his pontificate were likely to be either severely inhibited or forecast to come to an end within a year or two, that could change the calculus of many a politically-focused but doctrinally indifferent bishop. Coupled with claims that were a conclave held today, Pope Francis wouldn’t get 10 votes, and even more, that ostensibly 75% of Synod fathers are strongly opposed to the radical departures from Doctrine of the “Kasperite” (should it be Franciscan?) set, it could mean that most bishops would just choose to ride this pontificate out in the expectation that won’t be more than a handful of years.
It’s all just speculation, of course, but something to keep in mind, nonetheless:
The Vatican on Wednesday dismissed an Italian media report that Pope Francis has a treatable brain tumour as “unfounded and seriously irresponsible.”
Quotidiano Nazionale (QN), the newspaper which made the claim, said it stood by its story that a “small dark spot” had been detected on the 78-year-old pontiff’s brain earlier this year.
The paper said it was discovered by Japanese physician Takanori Fukushima during an examination at the San Rossore di Barbaricina clinic near Pisa in central Italy.
The professor reportedly concluded that the tumour was treatable and that no surgery was required.
“The publication of completely unfounded reports on the health of the holy father by an Italian newspaper is seriously irresponsible and not worthy of attention,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement.
“As everyone can see, the pope continues to engage in his intense activity without any interruption and in absolutely normal fashion.”
Andrea Cangini, the director of Quotidiano, said he had expected the Vatican’s statement.
“This denial is understandable and expected,” he said. “We waited a long time before publishing the report in order to carry out every possible check. We don’t have the slightest doubt that it is founded.”
Am I remembering right, that the Vatican downplayed Pope JPII’s very visible physical degeneration, as well?
So, will you be praying intensely for the health of Pope Francis?