This video is another example of all the wrong things going on in Francis’ mind.
Can you imagine a Pope of the past severing the hands of a child joint in prayer! It is disturbing to even think of a father doing this to his son, and no child with some sense of religion would do the same to another child. To Francis, this is worth doing before the cameras.
Look at the video attentively. The child has his hands joint in prayer. Francis talks to him and seems to ask him whether his hands are incollate, which means “glued together”. The child insists on keeping his hands joint. At this point Francis proceeds to severe by applying a certain amount of gentle but unmistakable force. It seems clear to me the child still does not want to disjoint his hands, and it is only the force (both physical, and certainly derived from the man’s position and authority) of the Pope that reaches the aim of finally separating the boy’s hands.
At this point, the Bishop of Rome says something not easily audible, but containing the words “hai imparato”, which clearly indicates words to the effect of “see? You have learnt (how to do it)!”. The child, though, has more sensus catholicus than the Pope and has, thankfully, not learned: he immediately rejoins his hands in prayer, another sign that Francis’ separation of them was unwanted and unwelcome, and rather forced on him. Boy one, Pope nil.
By looking at this video I cannot escape the conclusion that Francis sees with suspicion every obvious manifestation of traditional Christian piety. Very probably his buddy, Rabbi Skorka, does not join hands in the way of the Christians, so there must be something “Pelagian” and “divisive” in doing things the proper Christian ways.
Notice that Francis is not teaching the child how to keep his hands properly joined in prayer (which the young boy is doing, actually, very well already), but he is rather teaching him not to join his hands in prayer, and is pleased when the boy has “learned” to do it properly. Nor can it be that the child is keeping his hands so frantically pressed together the Pope must teach him a more relaxed attitude. Francis is not teaching how to do it. He is teaching not to do it.
It is too soon to say whether Francis is trying to correct his public image from the one of a clown to one of a Pope, and there is some timid indication he is starting to listen to the one or the other of the (certainly terrified) people around him. Still, it cannot be denied either this man is unable to think straight whenever a camera is present, or he is so advanced in his estrangement from proper Catholic thinking that he does it all the time, with the cameras unavoidably catching him as he lives his “priest-cum-rabbi” homemade spirituality in his daily routine.
Joining one’s hands in prayer is one of the most beautiful gesture at the disposal of a Christian. I do not know exactly what infidels do, but off the top of my head I cannot recollect any Jew or Muslim or Hindu showing his devotion in the same way, though I think other culture may join their hand in a similar way to show respect to a person. Be it as it may, I would say the gesture can be fairly described as typically Christian and, here in the West, very closely linked with Christianity.
Would Francis have straightened the back of a Jew repeatedly bowing in front of the Wall in Jerusalem? Would he have raised a Muslim boy on his kneels, who is bowing in the direction of the Mecca? Would he tell them “now you have learned” after doing so? Thought not….
More in general, this Pope does things that no other pope or even priest would ever dream of doing. From the red nose to this last episode to countless other blunders – the suggestion to the leftist nun to basically disregard missives from the CDF is the first one that comes to my mind – his behaviour is so outlandish one wonders who taught him to be a priest in the first place.
Let us hope the man slowly learns to behave in a way appropriate to a priest and a pope. He isn’t stupid after all.
Posted on November 18, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged Pope Francis, Prayer. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
I’ve met people like the BoR who have been promoted way beyond their abilities. I think we all have. Their signature style is to force their inadequacy on others, quite often in the form of public belittlement. Remember how the BoR boasted that his MC Mgr. Marini was learning from him? If I were one of the curial cardinals I’d be getting very twitchy indeed.
By the way, have you read today’s risible Daily Telegraph blog titled “Pope Francis, the poster boy for today’s Catholics”. Side-splitting stuff.
If I read the “Homograph”, then I can read Elton John directly.
In Rome we fold hands, in the East, they cross their arms to form a cross, both beautiful traditions, the Holy Father was wrong in this situation though, good for our little pelagian child to not do as the Holy Father told him 🙂
I thought what he said to the young boy was horrible…. a young boy with his hands praying to our good God and the Pope seems clearly disturbed …REALLY !
I try to keep my hands folded and in prayer when I am at Holy Mass …when I just want to be in deep prayer and worship MY GOD!
Just an example of how I “try” to be reverant …..
What father would chastise a son for having his hands folded in prayer….God have mercy .
I was sadded by this video to be honest!
Oh no! Did my comment on “Babette’s Feast” get lost?
Super quickly then: It’s supposedly Francis’ favorite movie. The theme is that too much piety is bad for you, and the woman Christ-figure fixes things by throwing a party, introducing worldliness.
It got thrashed.
Together with many others whose authors neglect to read the “short and to the point” warning at the top.
But here is Francis being anti-worldly, and not restricted to anti-materialism:
I’m guessing that Francis is anti-U.S.A -culture, which is a good thing because I despise U.S. culture..
I am not sold on this.
He’s the evil “False Prophet” of Revelation. What do you expect?
I’m always glad when I have authorised interpreters of the bible (particularly Revelation) on my blog.
It makes for good entertainment.