Our Pop Pope: What Does It Mean?

Our Pop Pope: What Does It Mean? January 29, 2014

What does it mean when the Holy Father is Man of the Year for both Time Magazine and the nation’s number one gay publication?

What, pray tell, is the significance of a pope on the cover of Rolling Stone?

Two Things:

1. The Catholic Church is not irrelevant.

2. The Pope is showing us how to evangelize through love.

This adulation from the press won’t go on forever, of course. Sooner or later the media will figure out just how tough and immovable Jorge Bergoglio is when it comes to the Church and her teachings.

I think we should just roll with it and enjoy our Pop Pope’s popularity while it lasts.

And, in what is probably the most sincere of the bunch, the Holy Father has achieved super hero status in graffiti land.

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      • That is the pattern the media takes with every type of “celebrity” out there, whether politicians, athletes or performers, first they build them up as amazing people, sell their back story, and then out come the claws and they shred them for their supposed “true” self. Like catty teenage girls, turning on the weakest member of their clique. Never pretty. Always predictable. Fortunately, I don’t think the Pope will lose sleep over it or go into a spiral of debauchery to try to lift his spirits when it happens. 🙂

      • There’s no reason why I should say they won’t turn on him, and he could give them a reason to do that, but the thing is, most of the press coverage is so superficial anyway that it almost does not matter. I still think that they will still continue to roll with this Pope, because from a secular media standpoint, they’ve crafted this self-fulfilling prophesy of a people’s pope, which even if it does not always portray who Pope Francis actually is, it will always create a headline-buzz now and that means $$$$ — Yes, I actually am that cynical about all this, but in a good way. The good news is that he’s photogenic, people are used to seeing his face as likable, they identify with that, so they will be more inclined to like him and be more interested in what he has to say. The ironic thing is that the media played a large role in creating this impression — He’s the one who rolls with it!

        • Good points James. I’m cynical about the press, but not the pope. I think this good man is a gift to us from the Holy Spirit.

          • Of course, I’m with you on that. I may be a little naive in thinking that the press won’t turn on the Pope in a big way. Sure, at some point and in some way they will — they already have, by not reporting on him accurately at times, and misrepresenting his position. As far as a complete 180 on the way they have put him in a positive light as a public figure, for now, I’m just going to say that I hope they don’t turn on him. Thanks, Rebecca.

  1. In a way it makes me uncomfortable. I just read the Rolling Stone piece this morning. Besides being a hatchet job on Pope Benedict, it does give a valid substantiation to the argument that Pope Francis is Liberal and trying to move the Catholic Church toward the left. Now either the Liberals misinterpret Pope Francis or we more traditional minded Catholics are misjudging Pope Francis. One of us is wrong, and I’m not sure it’s them. I’ve seen politicians string their base along for the right time to spring an undesired change on them, and sometimes it feels that way with Pope Francis. I know the Catholic Church is not a political entity, so it doesn’t work that way with our Holy Father. Still I can’t help that premonition. I hope I’m wrong. If anyone reads the Rolling Stone article, let me know what you think:


  2. I’m just sad that so much of the adulation for Pope Francis is such a misguided emotional reflex, for lack of a better term (help me out here). It’s because he’s an extrovert and a chit-chatter and suchlike. I had a “liberal/progressive Catholic” (her term) tell me how pleased she is that he’s talking about things that the previous popes didn’t pay attention to and I wonder whether she ever read a word Papa Bene or JPII ever wrote? Because they said everything Pope Francis has been saying. But they were more formal about it (encyclicals vs. coffee klatches) and quite formally attentive to duty. I think Pope Francis is attentive to duty, but his personality and style make him seem less so in a way I am finding hard to articulate. And this personality difference is what’s making him popular among “liberal/progressives” and among non-Catholics. Being someone of a personality type more akin to Papa Bene, I am disconcerted and discouraged anew at how dismissive and cruel people can be to introverts.

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