On Mr Salvini And “Benedict Pope”
People, just in case anyone gets too excited…
The one with Salvini choosing “Benedict” as Pope” is a word play.
“Benedetto” in Italian means “blessed”.
“My Pope Is Blessed”, says the T-Shirt. Francis’ image is dismayed, because this also means “my Pope is Benedict”. Cleverly, the letters are all capitalised, as the normal writing would give up the game.
We must understand Italian humour here. Salvini is not saying that Francis is not Pope. He is saying that Francis is not doing his job. He is, by the way, the Interior Minister. He would never say who is the head of another State.
This is a very nice, ironic Italian word play. It shows a polite criticism to a bad Pope.
It is not “Benedictvacantism”.