Pope Francis
(04-16-2014, 05:52 AM)Poche Wrote: From Matthew 5 :14-16
14You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. 16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.

The good deeds done by the pope can be seen by those for whom they are done - i.e. the inmates of Regina Coeli. Announcing the charity to the world is not going to glorify the Heavenly Father. It'll probably just create a reaction of "aww isn't that nice?" from most people. Let the inmates receive the Gospels and read them, but please don't announce the bloody thing to the world in a press release. That's so very show-biz-like.

Of course, it's certainly more charity than I've ever given. May God forgive me.
You should let the deeds speak for themselves. 

If humility is what you are trying to show, then do what you do and eventually your good deeds may be made known by the fruit they have borne. 

The Litany of Humility by Cardinal Merry de Val comes to mind - just a few lines -

From the desire of being extolled - Deliver me Jesus
From the desire of being honored - Deliver me Jesus
From the desire of being praised  Deliver me Jesus

That others may be esteemed more than I - Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I go unnoticed - Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.

To me everything is a show with Pope Francis.  All about making the news, about being written about.

I just don't get it myself. 

Maybe it is Pope Francis' way of teaching us how to follow Christ.
Breaking Barriers;

Pope Francis has chosen a second personal secretary who will work alongside Argentinean priest Fr. Fabián Pedacchio, after Alfred Xuereb was promoted as the Vatican “finance ministry’s” number two man.  The man chosen for the job is Coptic Catholic Yoannis Lahzi Gaid who is currently working in the first section of the Vatican Secretariat of State. Lahzi Gaid is also one of the “translators” who reads out the Gospel and summarises the Pope’s General Audience catecheses in Arabic.

Francis’ new secretary has been living in the St. Martha’s House residence for a while now and knows Italy well: He was assistant parish priest of Latina (central Italy); in 2007 he edited a volume of texts from the Code of Canon Law for the Eastern Churches; he was then made charge d’affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature of Jordan and Iraq and and worked for the Holy See’s embassy in Congo before returning to the Vatican. He was previously also editor of the website of the Church in Alexandria, Egypt. In 2011, following the bloody attacks against the Coptic community, he wrote an open letter to the Imam of Al Azhar University.

For the moment, Lahzi Gaid will continue his daily duties in the Secretariat of State, alongside his new role, as Mgr. Pedacchio – who also works for the Congregation for Bishops – does. As is known, for Francis, the ideal personal secretary acts as an invisible figure. He never follows the Pope and almost never accompanies him in public but most importantly, he does not manage the Pope’s agenda for him, deciding who he does and doesn’t meet.

The fact that the Bishop of Rome has chosen someone who belongs to a different religious rite – in this case the ancient Coptic rite - as one of his closest collaborators for the first time in modern history, is a fact of great significance.

(04-16-2014, 10:26 AM)Philomena01 Wrote: To me everything is a show with Pope Francis.  All about making the news, about being written about.

He's the Pope, therefore what he does will make the news, will be written about.  Following your logic, he shouldn't do anything at all, because it will be written about.  No, wait, if he did nothing at all, THAT would make the news . . .
How so? 

He claims to be a "humble" person.  He said this himself, nobody else.  But yet he is constantly craving the spotlight, going out of his way to get attention.  That is not "humble".  Seems like something a "prideful" person would do.

So if he wants the spotlight, fine.  That is his choice, but please don't keep hitting us over the head with what a wonderfully "humble" person he is.  That is an untruth. 

How many times did Christ say that because of Him you would face hatred, rejection by family, etc.?  Jesus didn't say that the world would grovel at your feet.  This pope is being loved up by the secular press like no other.  To me that is a problem.  It's not because he is a staunch defender of the Catholic world view and defender of long held beliefs.  It is because he comes off with these crazy ambiguous answers about topics like gay marriage, divorce, abortion, women priests, etc.  They love him because he gives them hope that their sick points of view will become accepted by the last hold out in this world against the sickness that is covering our world. 

When people I know who HATE the Catholic church think this guy is great and cool because of the things he has said that is not a good thing.  They are not going to come to the Catholic faith because of these things, they get a kick out of it because finally after all these years it looks to them like the church is caving to the current world view of things. They don't believe in God, period.  But, they tell me that I am going to have to stop being such an intolerant s*$t because my church is moving on.

What he should do is the consecration of Russia....now that would make the news, but the press would not be the kind that gets him on the cover of Rolling Stone or congrats from Planned Parenthood.   
Philomena, as much as you are correct about the worrying nature of the World's love for Francis (putting him on the cover of TIME magazine, etc.), I don't believe we are entitled to say whether he consciously "craves the spotlight". That goes a little too deep into his Person for me to be comfortable with. That said, I do hope he starts saying and doing things that do not immediately merit the World's adulation.
You are probably correct on that.  A big fault of mine is being judgmental of others.  Something I have been working on for a while now, but having difficulty, as you can see. 

honestly what do or can do about this.
He is are pope. He represents our faith. He is the Holy father, The bishop of rome. The head of the one church founded for the salvation of all who come to her.
What do we do when this Pope seems to be so uncatholic. That the walls we have fought to hold as a bastion against the waves of liberal thought, modernism and all the evils of the world are being torn down. I have no idea how to deal with all this. It makes it hard for me to say I am catholic when people can look to my Pope and see him supporting things I say are uncatholic.
What do we do? Pray? Fast?
I have no idea.
Earlier this week, Pope Francis plucked two lucky 5th graders from Perugia out of a crowd in Vatican City to ride along with him in the Popemobile. This was just the latest of the Holy See's "Dancing in the Dark" moments; earlier this year, Francis stopped the three-ton Mercedes to give an ecstatic Argentine priest from his old Archdiocese a lift through St. Peter's Square.

The Popemobile, despite its unimaginative moniker, is a modern iteration of the sedia gestatoria, a throne of sorts upon which popes were once ferried on the shoulders of a dozen or so papal footmen. Since the introduction of the Popemobile some 80 years ago, the vehicle of the pontiff has often symbolized the intricacies of the post. 

They nod to the realities of the position's import—bulletproof glass and armor plating became standard in most of the pontiff's transports after the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. The geographical reach of the Catholic world is also embodied by the global fleet of Popemobiles—regular host countries like Mexico and Chile have their own papamóvil at the ready.

Yet one could argue that Pope Francis, being Pope Francis, has not overlooked what many would consider a commonplace aspect of being the Holy See and has found a way to connect the Popemobile to his doctrines.

So far, he has changed the dynamic not only by picking up strangers, but also by eschewing some of the traditional vanity plates of the Popemobile and choosing a five-year-old Ford Focus as his go-to ride. Pope Francis has done away with the modified throne aspect of the car in some models, and even ditched his Mercedes to adopt a second-hand 30-year-old Renault with 190,000 miles on it for personal sojourns within Vatican City.

The new car was in fact a gift to Francis from a 70-year-old priest from northern Italy, Father Renzo Zocca. Zocca previously wrote the pontiff a letter saying he had used the same car for decades and wanted to give it as a symbolic gift after the pope's comments on humility.Other times, Pope Francis forgets the Popemobile entirely and just walks or hitches rides with others. Last month, Pope Francis opted to catch the bus with cardinals and bishops to a retreat outside of Rome, rather than take his own ride. He carried his own bags.

To the chagrin of his security detail, Pope Francis has made a more frequent habit of riding in an open air vehicle, reflecting a desire for more engagement. (Last week, he jumped off the Popemobile after his sermon to take Palm Sunday selfies with the crowd.) The pontiff rode in one such car to and from Easter celebrations earlier today in Vatican City, where he spoke to the 150,000 tourists and pilgrims.

In his address, Pope Francis made pleas for peace in places like Syria and Ukraine, but also decried the poverty that violence creates.


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