Jojo Rabbit, Papal Edition

(Spoiler alert!!)

If you have not seen Jojo Rabbit, I suggest that you find a way to do it. I don’t give any guarantee of 100% Catholic content; but what I guarantee, is that you will see a nice, funny, deep, even tender movie about a boy of the Hitlerjugend, towards the end of WW II, who discovers love just as life kicks him brutally in the balls, forcing him to grow out of his childish fantasies towards, hopefully, the life of a balanced, sensible adult.

Jojo, the young protagonist, is a bright young boy of (if memory serves) ten, who has an “imaginary friend” in the person of his number one hero, Adolf Hitler.

The imaginary friend is not, however, the real Hitler. It is the Hitler seen, imagined, willed by the young Jojo. Jojo really, really likes Hitler, and he builds for himself a Hitler who is his best friend and confidant; who is childish and at times funny, but tries to help the child as best as .. a child can.

Life and love, and the pain both bring, will help young Jojo to grow out of his imaginary friend, and start on his way to manhood, with all the scars it entails.

Why do I mention Jojo Rabbit? Because I think that, just as Jojo had his imaginary Hitler, many a (good intentioned) Catholic has his own imaginary Benedict.

Like Jojo’s Adolf, Benedict is pretty much the best friend of the faithful traumatised from a scandalous Francis. Therefore, they take refuge in this imaginary friend and attribute to him all the virtues that are necessary to make them sleep at night.

Jojo’s Benedict, like Jojo’s Adolf, can do no wrong. If he talks rubbish, it’s evil Gaenswein who makes him talk that way. If he repeats with all the energy of his many years that there is only one Pope, it’s the Corriere that created a wrong story out of nothing. If Benedict defends Francis, it must have been, I don’t know, the Russians?

I suggest to those faithful that they abandon their imaginary friend or, better said, that they – like Jojo – grow out of it. Same as for Jojo, this growing will not be without pain, as it will require the sober acknowledgment that Benedict always was a lousy Pope, and always was an even lousier Emeritus. It also entails the very painful admission that Francis is Pope, and a scoundrel at the same time. Yes, it can happen. Yes, it has happened many times before. Yes, this time is worse. Yes, V II is also without precedent, and it therefore makes sense – and I think it conforms to Divine Justice – that a rebellion without precedent should lead to a mess without precedent. This is the only way the generations past ours, when all this madness has finished, recognise both the madness and the punishment, and keep memory of the unspeakable arrogance of their ancestors, never to be repeated again.

Like Jojo’s Hitler, Jojo’s Benedict is a very improbable imaginary friend.

He is, clearly, non existent.

Embrace reality with all its suffering, like Jojo did.

You are all too old for an imaginary friend.

Posted on March 2, 2021, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. It must be borne in mind that if the mainstream media publishes something about Benedict, it is probably because they have obtained from him (a very old person) something that is in the way of them.

  2. Correction, sorry for my poor English: It should be borne in mind that if the mainstream media publishes something about Benedict, it is probably because they have obtained from him (a very old person) something that is convenient for them

    • It seems to me that the guy has been perfectly able to make himself understood. It also seems to me that his mind is still more alert than, say, Creepy Joe’s.

  3. Dear M. I get it that you think poorly of dear Pope Benedict. I have friends who have no use for the old man saying he abandoned us. They are quite angry. I fell in love with Benedict and it was he who lit the bonfire of zeal in my heart for the Faith. For that I am forever grateful.
    I loved his style, his erudition, his humility, his wonderful, symbolic gestures. His gift of 07/07/07 rocked the Catholic world and will echo down the centuries for its profundity. Was his papacy perfect? Of course not. He could have done more. He could have not given up the bishopric of Rome, making way for the fiendish one.
    Once you are in love with someone I don’t think you can fall out of love. I love Benedict, aka Josef Ratzinger. I pray history is not too harsh on him.

  4. I imagine you’re correct.

  5. Haha. If I’m blinded by my love of Benedict please hand me my white cane and sunglasses. 😎💜😎💜

    • However, despite my blindness I do see two things that occurred during the reign of Benedict that are most haunting: 1) telling a Lutheran woman who was studying Catholicism not to convert to The Faith but to stay where she was in order to do more good there! 2) Answering Bishop Fellay?, when asked why he was not more decisive in an important matter, was because his power ended “there”, pointing to the door of his office chamber!

      It seems to me, a simple Catholic, that a most terrible accounting will have to be given in both of the above matters.

  6. Very good article. I’ve seen the film ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ and it makes a great analogy for the subject of the imaginary Benedict. Modernists are modernists. Benedict is a Modernist; It’s just that Francis is more upfront and in our faces about his Modernism.

    I posted your article on a mostly-sedevacanist forum, but not many read it. Sedes don’t have very long attention spans.

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