Welcome in the Club: Francis Calls Saint Paul "Rigid", "Traditionalist"
He loves to oppose form and content - as if they could be separated. Probably due to a certain senile rigidity, Francis went again on his rigidity trip insisting that Saint “Paul was freed from the religious zeal that made him fierce in upholding the traditions he had received.” In Catholic spirituality "religious zeal" is considered a virtue.
For Francis , "the formal observation of religion and the sword wielding of defence of Tradition" made Saint Paul "rigid." He is right, and as a matter of fact, Saint Paul admonishes the Thessalonians to "stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter” (2 Thess. 2:15).
At the Angelus after Mass, Francis recalled that Benedict XVI was ordained a priest 70 years ago. He called him - who frequently receives people and watches the oligarchs' TV - “the contemplative of the Vatican" and thanked him "for your witness.”