Clay & Spittle

"When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, & He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay." – St. John 9:6

Benedict XVI: For the record

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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.

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“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.”

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“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.”

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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:

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Ad multos annos, Your Holiness.

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Written by blindfella

April 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

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  1. It’s interesting and a bit disturbing how the media manipulates and dictates what information is presented to us, isn’t it? Thank you for reminding us the gift of Benedict XVI. We have been incredibly blessed.

    mithriluna

    April 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm

  2. Unfortunatley, it’s not just the media. If you read some of the comments of the Cardinal Electors — especially Dolan and Mahony — you’re left with the impression that their election of Francis swept away all the bad – ushering in an era of renewal and rebirth.

    Thanks for the comment. It’s always nice to know that someone is reading this very new blog :)

    blindfella

    April 4, 2013 at 8:34 am

  3. This is a fantastic tribute to the Pope Emeritus, thank you!

    None of this detracts from Pope Francis, whom I believe may just prove to be as saintly a Pope as his more recent predecessors. But the media ought to be ashamed of themselves for failing to report the real story. The real story here is the CONTINUITY of humility, the CONTINUITY of holiness in the Papacy. Slightly different styles, slightly different emphases… but CONTINUITY where it counts. Fidelity to Truth. Fidelity to Love. Fidelity to God.

    I believe that all of the media circus about Pope Francis is an attempt by the media to gain some kind of leverage in shaping the direction of the messages that come out from Rome. I kind of almost get the feel that, due to Pope Francis’ country of origin being in Latin America, they are trying put an insidiously subtle liberation theology spin on everything he does…

    bekside

    April 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    • You got it! I felt this almost immediately. I found myself saying, “hey! “What about Pope Benedict!” “He did that”! Just yesterday when media, even GOOD media, were crowing about Pope Francis’s statement about Church sex abuse, I was yelling…”he’s CONTINUING what Benedict said! It’s frustrating!

      Lisa Haines

      April 7, 2013 at 7:51 am

  4. Reblogged this on Life after Epiphany and commented:
    This post, on a blog I stumbled across this morning for the first time, is a wonderful tribute to the Pope Emeritus. None of this detracts from Pope Francis, whom I believe may just prove to be as saintly a Pope as his more recent predecessors. But the media ought to be ashamed of themselves for failing to report the real story. The real story here is the CONTINUITY of humility, the CONTINUITY of holiness in the Papacy. Slightly different styles, slightly different emphases… but CONTINUITY where it counts. Fidelity to Truth. Fidelity to Love. Fidelity to God.

    I believe that all of the media circus about Pope Francis is an attempt by the media to gain some kind of leverage in shaping the direction of the messages that come out from Rome. I kind of almost get the feel that, due to Pope Francis’ country of origin being in Latin America, they are trying put an insidiously subtle liberation theology spin on everything he does…

    bekside

    April 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  5. Thank you for this. you have to worry when the media likes something n the Church. We are seeing the Catholic people catechized by secular media.

    Robert

    April 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm

  6. Great reality check!

    MJ anderson

    April 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

  7. THANK YOU! Made my day. And whole weekend. God bless you.God bless His Holiness!.

    Clara White

    April 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

  8. I think this is the first article/post that I’ve read since Pope Francis was elected which tries to say:” Hey guys, thanks God there is not so much difference between Francis and his great predecessor Benedict”..
    We love Benedict, we love Francis
    Thanks for article and images

    Antonio

    April 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

  9. Great work. It really puts things into perspective. This link should be posted beneath every blog post that attempts to distort Pope Benedict and his pontificate by implying that Pope Francis’ humility is a breath of fresh air.

    C.M.

    April 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

  10. Ah, well done. I just love Benedict so much! It’s true that the media just spins and spins!

    Leila

    April 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  11. It seems like all the wonderful and whimsical things Benedict did went unnoticed and ignored. I suppose he will finally get his reward in heaven.

    hno3burns

    April 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm

  12. Sadly, the media wants to project an image of the Holy Father that conforms to whatever the desired narrative happens to be. At the moment the media see him as a sort of lovable uncle, but they will turn against him at some point when he defends core beliefs. We then have to be ready to defend him.

    Dominice

    April 7, 2013 at 8:27 am

  13. Thank you for this post. I’ve seen a few others like it, but this is the first that is fair to Francis as well as reminding us that Benedict went first where Francis now goes. The on-going attempt by folks–even the ordained!–to present Benedict as though he were anything but humble and holy (and beloved!) sickens me. It also concerns me because it hardens folks against Benedict’s reforms on the one hand and Francis’s own exercise of the Petrine ministry on the other.

    The Spirit has given us in these popes two good, humble, orthodox, and holy men. Two men, who have different styles and perhaps different demeanors, but they serve the same Lord.

    Ave, Crux: Spes Unica! Ad majorem Dei Gloriam!

    ECD

    April 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  14. [...] again for all the kind words regarding the Benedict XVI: For the record post. It received thousands of hits and I was particularly happy to see referrals from diocesan [...]

  15. Loved this. I love Francis. I have a special place in my heart for the quiet unassuming figure of Benedict. He is a man who represents the very best of the European ideal. This post celebrates his humility and serves as a good reminder not to allow the media to qualify reality if we can help it.

    Leila

    April 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

  16. I love our dear old Papa Ratzi!!!

    elle

    April 22, 2013 at 3:58 am

    • I love that! first time I’ve read, heard that nickname, term of endearment.

      teeMissCO

      February 26, 2014 at 1:47 am

  17. Papa Benedict reminds me of so many of my dad’s uncles, cousins, brothers… the quiet, determined yet gentle reserved smile with sparkling eyes that reveal former mischief of youth. He definitely put others before himself too! :) We’re blessed to be the recipients of his ongoing life of prayers for the Church!

    teeMissCO

    February 26, 2014 at 1:45 am


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