Bishop Francis Has No Time For Protocol

The beautiful (at least in these parts) summer 2013 is going to an end, and after the summer pause we must make ourselves strong for another series of antics from the bishop of Rome, Francis.

Francis has, says the Telegraph, no time for protocol. Instead of having visitors bow to him, he bows directly to them, lest they should think the head of the Catholic Church is someone worth bowing to. So happened with the rather fetching Queen Rania of Jordan, on visit to the bishop in white.

Once again, we must draw a very simple lesson: Francis does not care for the papacy. He does not care of how the office is perceived. What he is interested in is that he himself may look good, modern, simple, and oh so humble.

One shudders at how bad must have been all the Popes of the past, who insisted on the particular position of the Successor of Peter being stressed at all times. They had times for protocol, for proper clothes, even for Beethoven!

Apparently, they knew that symbols are powerful; that who bows to whom is a very important question; that the one who bows to the Pope shows respect to the office, not to the man. They knew that these matters do are important, which is why they, like the rest of the planet, had time for protocol.

Francis hasn't “time” for these things, and he is “not interested” in protocol. Francis is interested in the perception of Francis, the man. A couple of days ago he showed up at a meeting in Rome with the now famously “humble” Ford, without even a Vatican registration number. He also appears to have entered the church with – refers the “Homograph” – his folded mitre tucked under the right arm. As if he were embarrassed by it, or thought it just superfluous.

“Look” – he seems to say – “my name is Francis. Forget that I am Pope, ok?”.

I wish I could.

One who is more and more embarrassed of any visible manifestation of being a Pope should, if you ask me, ask himself whether he should, or is fit to, be one. One can't be Pope and demand that he be considered just to a nice uncle. The reputation of the uncle may well increase, but the importance of the office can only be damaged. One does not have to be a genius to understand this, or an experienced diplomatician. Francis has lived in the corridors of power for many years. He knows why people bow to the Pope.

He is simply interested in the uncle, not the Pope.


Posted on August 31, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “[Y]ou must think of a court ball, or a coronation, or a victory march, as these things appear to people who enjoy them; in an age when every one puts on his oldest clothes to be happy in, you must re-awake the simpler state of mind in which people put on gold and scarlet to be happy in. Above all, you must be rid of the hideous idea, fruit of a wide-spread inferiority complex, that pomp, on the proper occasions, has any connexion with vanity or self-conceit. A celebrant approaching the altar, a princess led out by a king to dance a minuet, a general officer on a ceremonial parade, a major-domo preceding the boar’s head at a Christmas feast–all these wear unusual clothes and move with calculated dignity. This does not mean that they are vain, but that they are obedient; they are obeying the hoc age which presides over every solemnity. The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender’s inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for every one else the proper pleasure of ritual.

  2. I’m beginning to think that Pope Francis is on the opposite side of the same coin as Obama. Two people installed to destroy the USA and the RC Church – the last dominoes to fall so the Luciferians can have their New World Order.

  3. Reblogged this on Catholic4Life and commented:
    Now Pope Francis is bowing to Muslims!! The only person the pope should bow to is God!! Shame on you Pope Francis.

  4. There is one thing that is rather confusing about the whole ordeal, and that is with the issue of continuity. If His Holiness Pope Francis sees it fit to abandon protocol and bow to another Head of State, or avoid say the traditions of the office and is deemed humble for such an act, wouldn’t then the entirety of the predecessors of His Holiness Pope Francis be judged by such? Saint Pope Pius X as you know held all of the traditions of the Office and acted as the Head of State should, but with the acts of Pope Francis, it would make it seem that somehow by diminishing these traditions and protocols, somehow it is perceived that he has greater humility.

    God Bless.

  5. There are not a few men who believe that Pope Pius XII was the last Pope (not me) but what can not be denied is that he was the last Pope who embodied the Office in his person and his deportment.

    There is a BEAUTIFUL one hour long movie of Pope Pius XII on You Tube and it is an impeccable tutorial of how to be Pope for these modern faux humility types.

    His use of his body, vested in the important symbols of his office is a sermon without words; the way he carried himself, his gestures, his bearing, his recollection, his reserve, his seriousness, his solemnity, WOW!!!

    Now THAT is the way for a Pope to act.

    In all other ares of life – ALL AREAS – there are role models to be imitated and it is about damn time that the modern Popes began imitating Pope Pius XII and drop this 1960s shuck and jive I’m no different than you..sure, you can put a goofy hat on me and make me an object of scorn and derision schtick.

    • Exactly.
      He was Pope before being Pius. In him, being Pope came before any feeling of personal pride. Everyone saw that.
      Well, one of his successors certainly doesn’t.


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