Benedict XVI: For the record
Accidentalism is a very well written blog and nothing that I say below should, in any way, reflect on the author. I just want to pull a few quotes out of a recent post because they are typical of the things that have been said about Francis since his election. Things that seem to present him as, somehow, braver, more compassionate, and more in touch than his predecessor.
Then Pope Francis got in his car and made a lap around the square. Side note: he doesn’t ride the traditional, bullet-proof glass Popemobile. He’s just in an open-air car. The man isn’t afraid. Or he really trusts the good.
“I think he [Francis] just wants to be close to the people. He was waving and smiling the whole time and stopped to kiss a few very lucky, and now very holy, babies.”
“He stopped at one point, very close to where I was standing, to kiss a little boy. The boy appeared to have some disability, and he clung to Francesco’s neck as the Pope repeatedly kissed him. I can say with confidence that the hearts in the square collectively melted. Mine did.”
Being a shy and humble man, I’m sure Pope Benedict didn’t mind the lack of recognition one little bit. Benedict never made it about himself.
Earlier in Francis’ pontificate, the press made a big to do over the fact that the pope broke with protocol to greet a blind man’s guide dog in the Paul VI Audience Hall. In closing, I’ll just respond with:
Ad multos annos, Your Holiness.