Daily Archives: November 11, 2013
Once again, the “Eye of the Tiber” has a shocking revelation that will not fail to alarm us: the good old (particularly: old) V II, accepting, welcoming crowd.
I am told episodes like the one mentioned are getting more and more frequent, albeit with the change at the top this might grind to a halt very soon. I am dreaming of a Jesuit Renaissance just now.
It is worrying, really. To see the Church coming back to the old intolerance and homophobia of Jesus' times would be very sad indeed. It would be like saying the Holy Ghost is not anymore in favour of V II and has… changed His mind!
(No, wait… there's something illogical going on there….
Let us pray with soprano voices – the men too – that all those may soon end.
The Church must stop obsessing about the old things and focus on the real emegencies: youth unemployment, the loneliness of the old people and the buses coming two at a time.
I do not know you, but I have the impression the current Bishop of Rome is of the opinion if he behaves like a lunatic for long enough the world will end up thinking that lunacy is the new normality, as least as far as Popes are concerned.
I refuse to judge (I use this world on purpose: as an intelligent being, I am not exempt from the duty of forming a judgment concerning what I see around me) this Pope any differently than I would any Pope of the past.
Therefore, I will continue to be scandalised every time Francis gives scandal or does something very stupid; and if he does it every week, then I will complain and, yes, “judge” every week.
This Papacy – and if we are unlucky, those who will follow it – might reach unimagined lows yet, and it has already reached lows unimaginable eight months ago. But this does not mean we must ignore or downplay Francis' antics by simply saying “oh well, you know how he is…”.
Wrong is wrong even if the wrong is repeated every week, and scandal is scandal even if less grave than the scandal of last week, or of the next one.
Let us not get accustomed.
Once again, on the 11 November two minutes of silence were observed at 11:00 am to remember the dead of the United Kingdom in the armed conflicts of the last century.
Another impressive and moving demonstration of how powerful silence is.
Silence is a simple and very effective way to give honour. If you want to sabotage what is honoured, you can very effectively do so by sabotaging silence.
As Annibale Bugnini & Co. very well knew.