The Truth is Always Pastoral!
Let me start off by saying I'm thrilled with Pope Francis. God seems to have answered the prayers of millions of people and given us a very holy pope. But it's bugging me to no end the way the media is playing up our new Holy Father's Franciscan humility at the expense of Papa Benedict. Sure he wore traditional papal garments, but he was also a very humble man. I don't know, maybe it's all just too new But when they go after Pope Benedict it feels like they're attacking my grandfather or something.
The media are amoral vultures, circling around looking for anything at all with which to attack the Church. Ignore them as best you can.
Also the MSM's uneasiness is bound to grow as the Pope's undeniably multi-layered and alluring personality unveils itself and they realize he is not easily pigeonholed. They already seem to be trying to dig up his past during the Argentinian military dictatorship, but since the real history is more complex than Oliver Stone movies they won't be able to squeeze much out of it.
I am relishing the MSM's inability to label the Holy Father. Their squirming is my delight. Is that a sin?
A NeoOrleanian version of delectatio morosa.
Wearing black shoes is not going to silence the haters who won't quit till the Second Coming. This battle is primarily a spiritual affair.Romulus
Eschewing important liturgical symbols is putting ego before service to the Church and politicising the liturgy which serves the truth of Faith and morals.
That's a question of intent. . .which I am pretty sure no one is capable of judging.
I always thought the red shoes was symbolic of the pope walking in the blood of the martyrs. I don't care that they aren't Prada, but is Prada the ONLY Company that can dye the shoes red. Why not ineepensive red shoes?
I'm sure that red shoes are pretty easy to get in Rome. If I had to guess I'd say that some 200 yrs ago red shoes were fashionable in Rome and when the Pope decided to wear a pair someone said, "Hey! Those shoes represent the blood of the martyrs!" And it stuck. The red papal shoes is a 200 yr old tradition, so it's not exactly ancient. . .but F1 is sending a message about how he's gonna do things.
I turned off the tv when they said, in effect, finally an intellectual who is a pope. Then I realized later that most of what pop Benedict said went over their heads.
Most of anything anyone says goes over the media's head. They're stenographers for the culture of death.
"Eschewing" is a happy choice of words, but is it actually true that red shoes is either an important or a liturgical symbol?
Honestly, Tom. . .I go barefooted as much as I can, so the question of foot fashion is beyond me. The media love to make a big deal about the red shoes, so the fact that F1 isn't wearing them makes me happy.
As far as I am aware the red shoes which Pope Benedict wore were not from Prada but from a family shoemaker. Now that Pope Francis is not going to wear red shoes I hope that the shoemaker's family will be ok financially. Many customers would have come to him because he made the pope's shoes.Re Pope Francis doing his own thing e.g. going on the bus, wandering in the crowd; if anything happened to him the people who would get it in the neck would be the security whose job it is to protect him. Pope Francis must sacrifice some freedom to cooperate with the security people so that they can do their jobs.
Sharon, I think you are absolutely correct. Every deacon, priest, bishop, and Pope sacrifices a little of his personal freedom when he becomes public figure. A good compromise for F1 would be to don the traditional garb at solemn liturgies. . .and then simpler garb for daily meetings, etc.