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  • Clare Krishan

    Chuckle – yet the images of so many in the Church straining to hold up their flashy iPads and digital cameras (mutually obscuring each other’s ability to have his gaze fall on their countenance) is becoming absurd, no? Detachment folks, love the present moment, transmit it to memory. The token for posterity, the material record of the encounter is not the same thing as the encounter itself! Put down the pastries («No mondanità e a cristiani da pasticceria» http://www.unita.it/italia/papa-bergoglio-francesco-pontefice-vaticano-visita-pastorale-assisi-damiano-preghiera-disabili-1.525256 where our colloquialism ‘pastiche’ for fake is derived) for Francis’ sake!!

    • S. Murphy

      Besides, with 3 billion pictures on different people’s twitter feeds and FB pages and whatnot, your kids are never gonna look at it the way you looked at your parents’ wedding albums and stuff. Not that I’d pass up a chance to take a ‘selfie’ with the Pope, or get my picture taken with him, if somehow the opportunity arose…

      • Clare Krishan

        … even if it means that the world’s impression on the evening newsfeed is a warped pastiche of papparazzi-mad-papist-idolators … er what’s wrong with this picture, this icon? Would St Francis approve?

        • S. Murphy

          No, I agree, it looks silly, and it IS silly. I’d like to think St Francis IS laughing at us, to some extent – but he’d probably say, ‘here, now that that’s done, let’s meet someone even more interesting,’ and walk us right over to the Tabernacle.

          • Clare Krishan

            well said!

    • Andy, Bad Person

      Exactly, Clare. The photo I used for this:


      was the view of the crowd awaiting the papal announcement. Apparently being there isn’t enough.

    • Marthe Lépine

      This reminds me of a joke I heard a very long time ago about a family that went on an organized trip to Europe. During the trip, they were always rushing to take photographs, and were so busy doing this that they hardly had a chance to take a good look and enjoy all those beautiful sites. But they said it was OK, they could look at their photos once they got home. However… all of the photos turned out to be of themselves in front of the monuments and buildings, leaving no space to look at the sites…

  • John

    Who knew indeed? Sometimes he seems more intent on impressing the Manhattan glitterati with his liberal views than actually preaching the catholic faith.

    • BillyT92679

      Well Holy Father John, when does your Papal Bull come out?

    • orual’s kindred

      …erm…I suppose I’m wrong, but this reads as if you’re saying St. Francis seems more intent on impressing the Manhattan glitterati.

      If you meant Pope Francis, though–well, I don’t know if he even has time for any such glitterati.

    • chezami

      The Conservative Catholic Anti-Charism of Discernment once again manages to make a massive and egregrious stupid call. Amazing.

    • Rosemarie


      Yeah, I’m sure the “Manhattan glitterati” just eat up the pope’s condemnation of excessive wealth and materialism.

  • Marthe Lépine

    I found another very interesting article, on the same page, after following the above link. And a quote that made me wonder if Pope Francis had been reading Mark’s blog:

    “The Holy Father then stressed again that the
    Church is one composed of sinners, warning of the temptation which some believe that the Church is only for those who are “pure,” and that all others are to
    remain “removed,” outside of the Church.
    “This is not true! This is heresy!”

    From: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-do-not-be-afraid-of-holiness/
    Pope Francis: ‘Do not be afraid of holiness’
    By Elise Harris