Pope “Excommunicates” Mafiosi. “Nope”, Officials Say.
Another day, another embarrassment coming from the Unholy Father.
The intention was, apparently, good: to send a strong message of disapproval to organised criminality in Southern Italy, and to make clear in this day and age you can’t be a member of the ‘ndrangheta and try to disguise as a good Catholic (it might have different in the past; but I do not want to digress).
The problem is that we have a Pope that does not know what an excommunication is. Which goes together with the very many other concepts of which he has no idea whatsoever, starting from the very idea of sin (I have written about this very recently) and continuing with his understanding of Salvation, Evangelisation, and a lot of other things.
This time, and not for the first time, Francis just said what came to his mind; probably because it sounded well, and he could already see the headlines. A child of six in first grade pays more attention before he opens his mouth. But again, a child of six has to pay attention to what he says in class lest the teacher punishes him, Francis hasn’t.
The impression is once again reinforced that to Francis, Francis comes first, second and third, and possibly also sixth and seventh. He could have condemned mafia-like activities in the strongest terms without the need for any “novelty”, or unusual word; but no, Francis must always be in the limelight. Whatever he talks about, it is always about him, it is always his person and attitude that are supposed to be taking centre stage; hence the continuous search for the “effect phrase”, the headline-producing statement making clear how different he is from his predecessors.
Francis simply can’t open his mouth without promoting Francis. I have no doubt in my mind millions of non-instructed Catholics will read the headline and think: “How good Francis is: no predecessor of his ever excommunicated the Mafiosi!”. Vatican officials have, of course, run to the rescue of sanity once again; but this is going to stay and, like the notorious “who am I to judge” catchphrase (strangely, not applied to mafiosi; who could well “seek the Lord and have good will” as much as every sodomite) is going to become a defining moment of Francis’ papacy, “the Pope who dared to condemn the mafia like no other Pope ever did” for the media, and “the Pope who excommunicated the mafiosi” for the uninstructed, hearsay Catholics out there, which is simply almost all of them.
Poppycock, of course; but what do facts count?
It may seem a detail, and some of you will think that this Mundabor is always picking at Francis’ faults. But the fact is that the faults are simply huge, and the fact that he has so many and exhibits them so often does not mean that we have to consider a first-grader Pope madly in love with himself as something normal.
Plus, there is another disquieting element: today it was the Mafiosi: an easy target, and a universally despised one. But tomorrow it could be something far graver, and causing a far bigger damage: in two words, us.
A Pope so careless that he can proceed to this kind of non-existent “collective excommunication” of baptised Catholics just because he likes the sounds of his words can easily use the same word to condemn Traditionalism, or Catholic orthodoxy, accused of not having charity and, basically, killing everyone (you have noticed already how easily Francis uses the word). It is simply so, that for this man the audience he has in front of himself and the echo his words will have in the media, not sound catholic knowledge – of which he is fully deprived, and perfectly happy with it – dictate what he is going to say. The day he thinks it will please the audience to excommunicate sound Catholics who don’t want to stink of manure, he will simply do it.
We are here far beyond Amerio’s circiterism. We are here full in the Kindergarten. We have regressed to six-year old children in first grade saying to each other “you are excommunicated”. Communication has become purely emotion-driven, and has no connection to facts whatsoever. This is pontifical fantasy land. The (secular) world is delighted.
How can a Pope who hasn’t the faintest idea of what he is talking about have any credibility at all? How can a Pope so obsessed with the echo of his own words, and so in love with his own popularity that he does not pay the least attention to what he says, command any respect as a man of intellect? I can detect no intellect at all here; unless it be calculated manipulation and deception; which, to be clear, would indicate quite the evil mind.
No, this is not yours truly harping on Francis’ little, innocent idiosyncrasies. Not having any idea of what one is talking about does not denote any idiosyncrasy; it denotes incompetence, imbecility, evil intent, or a mixture of them.
There. I have said it.
He can excommunicate me and all of you now.
Can’t wait for July.