Pope Gets Ticked at Crowds

From the Daily Mail:

Pope Francis loses his cool: Pontiff is filmed shouting at Mexico crowd for tugging him and making him fall on to a disabled man

    The Pontiff was greeting fans at a stadium in the western city of Morella
    At one point along the barrier, members of the crowd pulled on his arms
    It caused him to topple onto a wheelchair-bound man in front of him
    Pope Francis recovered and kissed the man, but made his irritation known
    He yelled the the crowd using Spanish 'Don't be selfish, don't be selfish'
    A Vatican spokesman said the Pontiff displayed a 'normal human reaction'
    See more of the latest on Pope Francis at www.dailymail.co.uk/popefrancis

By Wills Robinson For Dailymail.com
Published: 21:54 EST, 16 February 2016 | Updated: 11:25 EST, 17 February 2016

The Pope has shown a rare sign of anger during his trip to Mexico after an eager crowd tugged his arms and caused him to topple over.

Francis was at a stadium in the western city of Morella on Tuesday greeting fans at an open air mass for young people.

However, when one eager person pulled at his robe, it caused him to crash down into a wheelchair-bound man.

And although the Pontiff recovered and kissed the man on the head, he did not hide his irritation.

The head of the Catholic Church yelled: 'No seas egoísta. Qué te pasó, no seas egoísta', which translates to 'Don't be selfish, don't be selfish.'

Francis took a couple of steps back as appeals came over the public address system asking the crowd not to clump together.

The pontiff continued to wave to people and handed out rosaries for a few minutes more before leaving again.

Speaking after the incident Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said that it was a 'normal human reaction' to certain admirers' 'excessive enthusiasm'.

It comes after the pope has said in the past that he is prone to anger but that his bad tempers do not last.

During the trip to Mexico, Pope Francis has urged Mexico's young people to resist the lure of easy money from drug dealers and to instead build up their communities by valuing themselves as the wealth of the country.

Francis sought to offer a message of hope and encouragement to the next generation during a youth pep rally Tuesday in the state of Michoacan, which is a hotspot in Mexico's drug trade.

The Pontiff said he understood it was difficult to feel one's worth when, in his words, 'you are continually exposed to the loss of friends or relatives at the hands of the drug trade, of drugs themselves, of criminal organizations that sow terror.'

But, he insisted, 'You are the wealth of Mexico.'

He arrived at the stadium full of cheering Mexican priests, nuns and seminarians for a Mass in the heart of Mexico's drug-trafficking country.

It is home to the incredibly violent Knights Templar cartel.

Speaking to the assembled clerics, he said: 'Faced with this reality, the devil can overcome us with one of his favorite weapons: resignation... A resignation which paralyses us and prevents us not only from walking, but also from making the journey.'

On the penultimate day of his pilgrimage he cruised through town on a (five-mile) nine-kilometer drive in his popemobile.

Thousands of people along the motorcade route waved Vatican flags and cheered wildly as he passed by.

The visit to Morelia is also tangible sign of Francis' respect for the city's archbishop, Alberto Suarez Inda, whom Francis made a cardinal last year.

In a country where the church hierarchy is closely tied to political and financial elite, Suarez Inda has echoed the pope's admonition that 'pastors should not be bureaucrats and we bishops should not have the mentality or attitude of princes.'

Michoacan has endured some of the most gruesome episodes of Mexico's drug war, which has left 100,000 people dead or missing in the past decade.

Francis has used his five-day cross-country trip, which ends Wednesday, to press Mexican leaders to provide 'effective security' to their citizens.

On Wednesday he will wrap up his trip with some of his most anticipated events: a visit in a Ciudad Juarez prison just days after a riot in another lockup killed 49 inmates and a stop at the Texas border when immigration is a hot issue for the U.S. presidential campaign.

He also scheduled a meeting with Mexican workers, grassroots groups and employers in an encounter at which he was likely to repeat his mantra on the need for dignified work for all and 'land, labor and lodging.'

I saw that video earlier today.  I'm sure the person just got excited to see the pope and got carried away with their excitement.  They probably forgot beneath the media hype, popular piety, and excited crowd around him, there's a 79-year-old man, not a stuffed animal.
I saw that too.  I honestly can't say I fault him; it needed to be stated.  People were excited to see the pope, and in a crowd like that folks are bound to get antsy and to jostle one another for a better position.  Accidents can happen, but it's preventable, and it could've been worse.  As Credidi said, he's a 79 year old man, and he fell onto a disabled guy in a wheelchair.
I'm not a big fan of this pontificate, but I think that the use of this video represents a new low point in the Francis-critique industry.
(02-17-2016, 02:23 PM)ermy_law Wrote: I'm not a big fan of this pontificate, but I think that the use of this video represents a new low point in the Francis-critique industry.

I like the Remnant's take. It's more about the fact of how the pope has become the "pope of the people" and like a celebrity.

Compare our modern popes to this:

The pope was once treated as a king, as he is the vicar of Christ.
Are they attempting to make him look bad?

From what I understand it isn't a sin to get irritated or angry when it is just. I would be irritated to if people pulled me over like that.
I just wanted to say 'thank you' for sharing this link.  My parents are watching the coverage each day of this Mexican trip and saw this happen.  Needless to say, they were baffled and questioning what happened in this instance.  Now I know!  I knew that I would find an answer here.  :)
(02-17-2016, 02:54 PM)DeoDuce Wrote: Are they attempting to make him look bad?

From what I understand it isn't a sin to get irritated or angry when it is just. I would be irritated to if people pulled me over like that.

They are always trying to make the Pope and the Catholic Church look bad. What else is new?
I'm not a fan of Pope Francis, but he was right to scold the guy who almost knocked him into the kid in the wheelchair. Unfortunately some trads, such as that Mundabor fellow, are making hay out of this just to find any reason to criticize Francis. There are plenty of things to criticize Pope Francis for. This isn't one of them.

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