.by Anura Guruge
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Click to access ‘time.com’ coverage — from the horse’s mouth so to speak.
Vatican gloating over the honor. Click to access the Vatican VIS coverage.
As I always point out these days, at the very top of most posts, I have a unique ‘claim’ on this pope in that, unlike ANYBODY else, I cited him, in print, in my 2011‘The Next Pope 2011‘, as one of the Top 10 papabili. So I can truly say this is ‘my pope’.
I do like him. As a papal historian who knows more about papal history that I really should he amuses me. And that is always a bonus.
In reality, so far, he has really been a superficial, all ‘PR’ little of tangible substance, pope. But, that is OK. He is indeed a breath of fresh air and he has, indubitably, made millions very happy.
But, those that understand the vagaries of the worldwide Catholic world and the workings of the Vatican do realize that this pope has often skated on very thin ice.
I happen to see a very devout, very conservative local Catholic (and he might even be a Deacon) every Thursday night. Often, if there is time, he will come up and we will talk pope ‘politics’. But here is the funny and most telling part. If he doesn’t have the time he will walk by me and make a point of ‘rolling his eyes’ — given that he knows that I will understand why he is doing so!
So, I join the billions rejoicing Pope Francis, my pope, as the ‘Time’ Person of the Year.
Damn sight better than if they had picked that bloody reprobate ‘Snowdon’.
But, let us not forget that clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church is still here …
Let us not forget that the ‘Vatican Bank‘ is still under suspicion of money laundering …
Let us not forget that this Pope makes some amazingly incongruous, hard to reconcile remarks …
Let us not forget that this Pope continually harps on about charity but is, himself, remarkably cheap ….