Friday, February 15, 2013

AP Article " Pope enjoys swansong " Fails to Deliver

Many  Americans , like I did this morning,  woke up to this AP article in their morning newspapers. Pope enjoys swansong; future still a question .

It sort of alludes to the very interesting off the cuff remarks the Pope made as to his experiences at Vatican II that he made to  the Priests in Rome. However the fact that was the topic is not even mentioned.  This topic and indeed event  had already been decided before the Pope announced he was resigning. The remarks are indeed intriguing and no doubt many Catholics would have been interested them. It was I think worthy " news ". For those remarks see Pope Benedict's last great master class: Vatican II, as I saw it [full text]

My main complaint about the article is it never really puts forth facts on of it's central claims .

That is :

For a second day of his emotional farewell tour, Benedict sent a pointed message to his successor and to the cardinals who will elect him about the direction the Catholic Church must take once he is no longer pope. While these remarks have been clearly labeled as Benedict’s swansong before retiring, his influence after retirement remains the subject of intense debate.

I have no idea what they are talking about. Again look at the above link at the Pope's remarks. It is just strange they make this claim not followed by any quotes. Perhaps I missed it but I am not seeing what they are seeing.

Instead the article  goes off  on Father Gaenswein AKA “Gorgeous Georg” .

A sort of disappointing article after some very interesting remarks of the Holy Father yesterday.


Mark Spears said...

I would think that Catholics would take a lot of solace in Mr. Ratzinger's relationship with the full-grown adult "Gorgeous George". It must be comforting to know that while their leader has spent his life protecting and enabling child rapists, he doesn't appear to be one himself. But I just wonder if this so-called "resignation" is because some government of the world is about to indict him in these sex crimes against children, or at least force him to give testimony against some of the pedophiles which he has been hiding and protecting.

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