This week if you looked for MSM stories concerning Pope Francis you likely saw one of two, a small story about the return of Pope Benedict to the Vatican:
Former Pope Benedict has returned to the Vatican, two months after becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.
and a larger one where he commented on the Bangladesh factory collapse:
Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned as “slave labour” the work conditions of victims of a factory collapse in Bangladesh in which more than 400 people have been found dead, Vatican radio reported.
and this tweet:
My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 2, 2013
Which sent NBC into full: “We love the pope” mode
Known for his humility in his own work, Francis has shunned many perks throughout the years. Back in his hometown of Buenos Aires, before he was elected pope, he rode city buses to get around, and lived in a plain apartment downtown as opposed to the opulent mansion he was entitled to as cardinal.
And shortly after he was elected leader of the Roman Catholic Church, he washed the feet of a dozen inmates in a juvenile detention center in a religious rite as a humble servant of the faithful.
Meanwhile here is something the Pope said that the media hasn’t bothered to report:
“Jesus – to put it in stronger terms – challenges us to prayer and says this:’ Whatever you ask in my name, I will do so that the Father may be glorified in the Son ‘. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it … But this is really powerful! We must have the courage to go to Jesus and ask him: ‘But you said this, do it! Make the faith grow, make evangelization move forward, help me to solve this problem… Do we have this courage in prayer? Or do we pray a little, when we can, spending a bit’ of time in prayer? But that courage, that parresia even in prayer … “.
Hmm time in prayer, let’s go on
“When the Church loses courage, the Church enters into a ‘lukewarm’ atmosphere. The lukewarm, lukewarm Christians, without courage … That hurts the Church so much, because this tepid atmosphere draws you inside, and problems arise among us; we no longer have the horizon, or courage to pray towards heaven, or the courage to proclaim the Gospel. We are lukewarm … We have the courage to get involved in our small things in our jealousies, our envy, our careerism, in selfishly going forward
Hmmm a critique of “lukewarm” Catholics? That’s something pretty big it’s a challenge to a lot of Catholics in America Sounds like he read Fr. Longnecker’s piece on Rooster Cogburn Catholicism but that message isn’t going to be spread by the media.
I don’t mind, because when the day comes that he comes to the US and his every word becomes news it will be that much harder for them to suddenly convince the American Public that he is someone to be feared and ignored.
That Holy Spirit, smart.
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