Radio Vaticana And The Pope

Not an easy job for people at the Radio Vaticana. They have been asked to publish the Pope's homilies in their entirety, but apparently the Pope tends to ramble, and they try to give structure to his more or less disordered or spontaneous words so that something coherent comes out of it.

The problem with this is that “ordering” isn't really so different from “editing”, and as the world basically reads and reports what it finds in the English version of the Radio Vaticana reports the risk of an “editorially adjusted Pope” is very real.

Once again, I must see in this an instance of poor standards from the Pontiff. If he wants to ramble he should give instruction that his homilies are not published or filmed at all: the message remains restricted to those present, the Pope sends out those well-thought and well-structured information he wants to send out, there are no misunderstandings and clumsy attempts at interpretation of spontaneous thoughts, and everyone is happy.

If, on the other hand, he wants to send regular messages through the medium of the homily, he should do what every organised person always does: think and write beforehand, and stick to the programme.

What we have now is, once again, a man who seems not to realise that his words and actions have consequences, and who appears to think about closing down banks with the same careless levity with which he commits liturgical abuses.

Can you imagine Pope Benedict XVI talking as he pleases at mass, microphones switched on, and expand on his thoughts of the moment with the world press listening? Is this prudent, or statesmanlike?

Pope Francis is not the parish priest, though he may like to think he still is. For example, he can actually close down his bank. What he says in the matter should be given careful consideration beforehand by him first.



Posted on April 25, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. radjalemagnifique

    A few days ago I have read another explanation for the partial publication of the new Pope’s homilies. Unfortunately I don’t remember on which blog it was so I cannot reproduce the link. (Wasn’it yours?) The commentator said he “couldn’t imagine that the partial publication was just for selling the whole commentary for money.” (I love the formulation of this sentence.) As Pope Francis seems to be interested by sparing money for the Vatikan (for exemple no special wages for the employees there as it is usual when a new Pope takes up his charge), we may consider that he is also interested by bringing in some money to help the Vatican finances.

    Radja le Magnifique

    • That will be “Rorate Caeli”.

      Personally I think even the integral publication on the Internet would not stand in the way of the sales (if they happen) of the book. Honestly, this seems the kind of Pope whose books are given as a gift rather than actually read.


  2. It’s kind of entertaining.

  3. radjalemagnifique

    Mundabor, I agree entirely to your answer. That’s what I thought, and my apparent “neutral” text ist just ferocious humour. (Sorry that’s the way I show my claws.)

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