So much for those who argue that Papa Cisco is criticising Papa Benny! Whatever vestments/clothes he chooses to wear, Pope Francis is singing from Pope Benedict’s hymnsheet. He has already quoted the two of the most memorable phrases from Pope Benedict’s magisterium.
In his speech to the diplomats at the meeting last Friday, he used the term “dictatorship of relativism”.
And yesterday in his homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord, he took a phrase right out of the first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est:
Ours is not a joy that comes from having many possessions, but it comes from having encountered a Person, Jesus, who is among us.
Benedict’s original and memorable words were:
Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.
The next boot to fall (on Eccles’ three legged man) will be for him to use the actual terminology of “hermeneutic of continuity”…