UPDATE: NATIONAL CHISMATIC REPORTER, NCR, HAS A FAIR AND BALANCED SUMMARY OF POPE FRANCIS' STUNNING INTERVIEW TO A GOSSIP NEWSPAPER IN ITALY. PRESS HERE TO READ THE NCR'S TAKE!
The money quote for Ash Wednesday--take it to the bank!
Francis told Italian daily Corriere della Sera he doesn't appreciate the myth-making that has seen him depicted as a "Superpope" (as an Italian street artist recently painted him) who sneaks out at night to feed the poor (as Italian newspapers have suggested).
... "I don't like ideological interpretations, this type of mythology of Pope Francis," the pope told Corriere. "If I'm not mistaken, Sigmund Freud said that in every idealization there's an aggression. Depicting the pope as a sort of Superman, a star, is offensive to me.
MY COMMENT: The media has constantly portrayed Pope Francis and a media superstar and Pope Benedict as his evil, villanized twin.
Why would this be the case? Because the media could not manipulate Pope Benedict. But they are trying hard to manipulate Pope Francis, who while pastoral, is no one's fool and is perhaps the most autocratic pope we've had since Pope Pius X!
While there is not continuity between Pope Francis and Pope Benedict in style or manner of personality and Pope Francis is trying to confront the corruption of wealth in the Church, especially in places like Germany, which has constantly been pushing the envelope toward heterodoxy because their wealth has ideologized them, Pope Francis is sending a clear message that bling does not make a pope or the Church, fidelity to the Deposit of Faith and the Magisterium does. It is this call, no this demand, to fidelity to the Magisterium and the Deposit of Faith where Pope Benedict and Pope Francis are together, are on the same page, are both Catholic!
This will certainly dispirit the progressive heterodox in the Church here in America, especially at the National Chismatic Reporter and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, both organizations ideologues.
I continue to find it peculiar that the ones in the Church crying crocodile tears are the traditionalists and orthodox Catholics when it should be the progressive and heterodox Catholics who are having their foundation dug out right from underneath them by the cunning of this Pope Francis who is no one's fool!