She along with a cameraman and others in the rectory gathered in our TV room and watched Pope Francis come out onto the Loggia of St. Peter's. I did not know who the heck the man was but a pit formed in my stomach when it was disclosed he was a Jesuit. I did not notice that he wasn't wearing the Mozzetta although the infamous FRMJK who happened to be in the area did.
I was more struck by the fact that the Holy Father looked like a dear caught in headlights and there was a blank, authoritarian look on his face and his arm gestures that we normally associates with popes was lacking, only one arm raised to acknowledge he multitudes. At first I though his other arm was paralyzed.
When I heard His Holiness say good evening in Italian, such a causal and familiar way to greet another Italian, and the Italians knew it immediately as did I, I though yikes, we have an informal George here. No "Praised be Jesus Christ" greeting, no good evening in a familiar way in Italian.
And he spoke Italian as Italian is spoke in the home and on the street. It was practical Italian which I understood very well as it is the Italian my mother and her family spoke with the same Italian sentiments, facial expressions and arm/hand gestures. One has to understand Pope Francis' Italian and I suspect his Spanish, as street language, not lofty formal Italian. Italians have or at least use to have a formal way of communicating to people not familiar to them, very polite and a casual way of affection for those who are well known, family and friends Pope Francis uses the informal, causal and affectionate form which much tongue-in-cheek that is known when only watching and listening to him in Italian not reading his Italian.
My biggest concern from the screechy right traditionalists is that they are undermining the papacy by their screeching about Pope Francis and the contempt and disrespect shown His Holiness. If in the future a pope more friendly to tradition and the restoration of it in the papacy and the Church, they have set a precedence for the left to be as ugly and divisive as the right has become. If only the traditionalists had be respectful, more so than the contempt the left showered on Pope Benedict, credibility of their orthoxy would have been beyond question. Unfortunately, the traditionalists' venom and outright disrespect of Pope Francis shows they are as heterodox as the left! This is sad and has set the cause for traditional Catholicism back.
But I do find it a bit of irony that the left who often called the right in terms of their adulation of Pope Benedict, ultramontanists are not more ultramontane than anyone on the right was when it comes to their cult favorite Pope Francis. Just read this post from PRAYTELL to prove my point about hypocrisy!
But here on two evaluations of Pope Francis these past four years, one from John Allen of Crux which you can read by pressing this sentence. It appears to me to be fair and balanced both positive and critical.
The other evaluation or severe critique with conspiracy theories galore is from 1Peter5 which you can read by pressing this sentence. This conspiracy theory is intriguing and I suspect that where there is smoke there is fire 🔥 or at least the logic or reality might well be represented. We'll only know, I suspect, on the day we discover who actually assassinated President Kennedy and that will be from St. Peter at the gates of heaven. BTW, I thought as a child of 9 at the time and still feel it today, that it was this bombshell: President Johnson!