So, I was appalled to read in a recent essay on the GUARDIAN site that there are church officials in the Roman Catholic hierarchy praying for the death of Pope Francis.
That some of the same faction are trying to bring an official charge of heresy against Francis seems quixotic by contrast, given the pope's ex-cathedra powers.* But praying for his death because they disagree with the direction in which he's taking the church? That crosses any number of lines.
If I had to come up with a rule of thumb to cover this, it'd be something along these lines:
Unless your boss is Charles Manson, praying for his or her death is an evil act.
Here's the piece -- disturbing, but interesting.
current reading: memoirs of Clark Ashton Smith (the final section in the new CAS artbook)
* I have to say, though, that I'm bemused by the discovery that the teaching in question appears in a footnote -- footnote number 351 to chapter 8, to be specific.
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