Sunday, December 7, 2014
I WONDER IF POPE FRANCIS HASN'T MADE A "TACTICAL" ERROR IN EXTERNALS THUS CREATING THE ANXIETY THAT MANY IN THE CHURCH HAVE ABOUT HIM?
By style, I mean divesting himself of the trappings of the papacy that Pope Benedict organically restored or maintained. Here I mean beautiful vestments of an ornate, papal quality (not necessarily Roman or Gothic), the mozzetta and choir dress.
I also suggest that Pope Francis could have maintained the small "t" traditions of restoration of Pope Benedict, the manner of altar decoration, kneeling for Holy Communion, distributing Holy Communion to a select group, a consistent use of Latin for certain parts of the Mass no matter where that Mass is celebrated.
I am convinced that for Cardinal Jorge Borgolio to have taken on the trappings of the symbolic "kingliness" of the papacy that intentionally point to Christ the King and His Kingdom, would have taken much, much more humility for him personally than just doing what he always did as the Archbishop in Argentina. The European tradition of the "court" in the redeemed sense is far better and more appealing than the "dictatorships" of Latin American countries with their leaders' hypocritical proletariat dress and the personality of the cult of Peronism of Argentina.
I think Pope Francis could have simply been himself in every other way, especially is personal touch with the proletariat and his emphasis on social justice and the Church as a field hospital and there would have been less divisiveness in his papacy than there is now. Pope Francis has proven to be a lightning-rod for division and polarization and these are not good things for a Pontiff!.