Being Italian born in Italy to a fully Italian mother and scads of Italian relatives in Italy, I know that there is a saying in Italy about certain Italians. One saying involves the “vulgar” Italian who has no social skills, is poorly educated and spews forth what he thinks and in a vulgar, earthy way.
One of my mother’s war bride friends in Augusta was from Trieste. I loved that woman as a child and she loved me. She and her American army husband never had children. But she was a vulgar Italian, made us laugh and we were shocked at her mannerisms and way of communicating. She was thoroughly Italian and what you saw is what you got.
Pope Francis is a vulgar Italian.
Here are two commentaries below which are examples that capture this. When I hear Pope Francis speak vulgar Italian, he makes me laugh because he is thoroughly Italian with many of his tongue-in-cheek comments or language. But there is a true ugliness hidden under the humor and a point being made that is often insulting but accomplished in a humorous way.
But it isn’t always funny.
Here are two article from Rorate Caeli this morning worth reading.
I happen to agree with Damian Thompson that the liberal cardinals from the periphery that the Holy Father has chosen may like this pope’s liberalism but they don’t like his divisiveness and ugliness and the polarization he had brought to the Church greater than what it was in the 1970’s.