By now traditional Catholics know too well that Pope Francis is dreadful in too many ways. Not to brag – one would rather be wrong about such things – but I knew very early on there was something wrong with him. How?
His first Easter Vigil was less than three weeks after he became Pope. It would have been logical that he’d just go with Benedict’s excellent liturgy. Instead, Francis shortened it.
Francis processed into a darkened and silent Saint Peter's Basilica at the start of the service, in which the faithful recall the period between Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday.
One of the most dramatic moments of the Easter Vigil service that usually follows - when the pope would share the light of his candle with others until the entire basilica twinkled - was shortened this year as were some of the Old Testament readings.
The Vatican has said these provisions were in keeping with Francis' aim to not have his Masses go on too long.
Thus, early on, Francis showed his utter lack of sound priorities. The Easter Vigil is not a service one cuts short. For one thing, part of the drama of it is its deliberate pace. In the primitive church, it could go all night. And so early in his papacy didn’t he have better things to do than chop up the Easter Vigil?
But Francis rushes in and starts undoing the excellent liturgy of the best liturgical Pope of our lifetimes.
Yes, it was then that I already knew something was wrong with Francis.
I pray my Roman Catholic friends have a blessed Holy Week and Easter anyway.