Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Pope Francis: Is the media trying to manipulate the Papacy?

My initial impression seem to be a strong desire of many in the media - including Catholic media - who are trying to pit Pope Francis against Benedict XVI. One classic example is the constant harping on about "humility" - as if the previous Pontiff were not a humble man. 

But the attacks go even deeper: 

 Are the events of recent days just a “honey moon” between the new Pope and the people that is destined to end soon? We must wait and see what will happen. But we must recognise the Church’s spectacular ability to renew itself and start afresh with energy, despite the resignation of a Pope.

Francis’ first days as Pope were marked by a heavy focus on the differences between him and his predecessor. It is true that Bergoglio’s mission is characterised by a simple style, continuously breaking rigid protocol, as Wojtyla had done since the start of his pontificate. But urban myths started to circulate within the first few hours of his papacy. According to one of these rumours, straight after his election, Francis apparently refused to wear the red velvet mozzetta trimmed with (synthetic) ermine, saying to the Master of Papal Ceremonies, Guido Marini: “You can wear it! The carnival’s over.” A rude and boorish comment to make to the Master of Ceremonies. As far as Vatican Insider has learnt, said comment was never made. As Marini placed the mozzetta on Francis, the Pope simply said: “I would prefer you didn’t.” No reference was made the carnival and no humiliating comment was made against the Master of Ceremonies.

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