Pope Hype

John L. Allen Jnr recently had a piece on the current season of “hype” in the media covering the Vatican.

Here is another classic example from CNN.

You have to ask: is this a good thing or a bad thing?

And is complaining about the hype just sour grapes, or even looking a gift horse in the mouth?

After all when did the Pope last have such positive press? (Answer, probably in the hey day of Blessed John Paul II’s pontificate in the early eighties, and before that, Blessed John XXIII.)

In any case, just to expose one bit of hype. The comment about the larger crowds at Francis’ weekly audiences is not necessarily linked to the person of Francis. Benedict also attracted markedly greater numbers to his public occasions than John Paul II. And he attracted more than Paul VI etc.

I think this is only an indicator of the increasing celebratory status of the Papacy, whomever is in the seat.

About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.
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2 Responses to Pope Hype

  1. Peter says:

    As the late Oscar Wilde used to say-“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about”.

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