Even when Pope Saint John Paul II was pope, I began to feel discomfort that his personality was larger than life and his globe trotting was placing too much emphasis on his personality and charisma. That was not the case so much for Pope Benedict. He seem to put forward the cult of the papacy and its trappings rather than himself. I use cult in this sense more positively as it revolves around office rather than person.
When Pope Francis was elected pope, (although we don’t hear this any more) he was touted as the most humble pope ever? Why? He discarded the trappings of the papacy, the Mozzetta was the symbol of this, not wearing it at his introduction or since. He paid his own bill at the Vatican motel and moved out of the papal palace and back into the Vatican Motel 6. All of this was to show forth his humility and the cult of humility he wanted to witness.
However, for this pope and any pope, the wearing and use of papal trappings could be the most humble thing they could do. For this pope, the style of Pope Benedict’s papacy would truly be humiliating to Pope Francis’ personality type.
And thus Sandro Magister produces this article that makes so many good point. My final comments at the end: