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Burn this! Italian priest burns photo of ex-Pope Benedict, saying the pontiff ‘abandoned’ the world’s Catholics by resigning
Don Andrea Maggi, of Imperia, calls Benedict 'not a Pope' because he quit. Parishioners shocked, outraged, confused.
March 4 at 10:13 PM
IMPERIA, Italy — A priest in a rural parish in northwestern Italy burned a picture of ex-Pope Benedict, claiming the pontiff “abandoned” the world’s Catholics when they needed him most.
“A shepherd does not leave his flock!" thundered Don Andrea Maggi, the 67-year-old pastor in Castel Vittorio, a medieval hilltop town near the French border, according to the report in Corriere della Sera.
“I am doing it because he was not a Pope,” Maggi said after burning the photo in front of dozens of horrified parishioners in the middle of Sunday’s mass. “He abandoned us.”
Maggi said he lit the picture in the name of what he considers “orthodox.”
But at least one churchgoer called the father “very severe” and another called him “a little depressed.”
“It was a shocking gesture, committed before a dozen children,” said witness Gianstefano Orengo, the mayor of the town. “I understand that Don Andrea is going through a delicate period. But this is a very serious gesture. "
Maggi had just begun his homily when he grabbed the photo of Benedict, which had been sitting next to a candle, and dipped it into the flame.
"Many parishioners protested and others, like me, left, bewildered,” Orengo said.
In a statement, the Holy See called the act “execrable.”
“(It) has gravely damaged the church and confused parishioners," said Alberto Maria Careggio, the Bishop for the area. "This act has caused confusion among the faithful. I am mortified by the action of Don Andrea, who in other respects has proved a most generous and sensitive priest.”
March 4 at 10:23 PM
Sounds like this priest is really confused..It's supposed to be about Christ, not the Pope.
by glitterteazMarch 4 at 10:24 PM
haters gonna hate
by babyspots17March 4 at 10:28 PMAnd so it begins...
Oh boy.I wonder if he is related to Sinead O'Connor? :-)
by lga1965March 4 at 10:32 PM
And so it begins...
What is going to begin ?
by acrogodessMarch 4 at 10:32 PMAnd this is newsworthy, why? This Pope worship is one of the many reasons why I stopped being catholic.
March 5 at 6:35 AM