|Francis as a Guest at one of the most beloved left-wing broadcasters|
Edit: most Roman emperors weren’t this full of themselves.
(Rome) The reputation of the papacy has not soared since 2013. Pope Francis is practicing a redesign that others see as a sell-out. Like some of the other interviewees, he took part in a program on the third channel of the Italian state broadcaster RAI yesterday, Sunday. One of many who have an opinion and voice it.
As a side note, in May 2015, in an interview with the Argentine newspaper La Voz del Pueblo (People's Voice), Francis said:
"I haven't watched TV since 1990. It is a promise I made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the night of July 15, 1990.”
On July 16, the Church celebrates the memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which has been observed by the Carmelite Order since the 14th century and has been a celebration of the whole Church since 1726.
In that interview, Francis also revealed that he reads "only one newspaper," the leftist La Repubblica by [Freemason] Eugenio Scalfari. Later, much later, attempts were made to deflect the message by turning La Repubblica into the ideologically less insidious Il Messaggero. Did the pope perhaps mix up something in the other part of his statement?
RAI3 is the traditionally left-most Italian public broadcaster. It was controlled by the Italian Communist Party (PCI) even before the collapse of the Eastern bloc and was therefore also called "Telekabul". The program “Che tempo che fa” by Fabio Fazio, in which Francis took part, is politically positioned accordingly. Fazio always invites a guest who he interviews. The studio guests are also prominent. They have included Barack Obama, Emmanuel Macron and Bill Gates.
In a program in 2006, the German writer Günther Grass was able to launch his perhaps most despicable attack on the then reigning Pope Benedict XVI. Grass, the “clean man” and prosecutor of the war generation par excellence, had revealed in the run-up to his autobiographical work “When Skinning the Onion” that he himself had served in the Waffen SS. He had kept it secret for 60 years. What he still didn't say: as a minor he could only have volunteered for this unit. It wasn't to be the only PR stunt Grass used to promote his memoir, critics accused him of. On Fabio Fazio's broadcast, he claimed to have met another prisoner in a Bavarian camp, whom he characterized unfavorably, and who told him that he wanted to "become a pope". When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope in 2005, a year before the publication of the Grass memoirs, Grass was pretty sure he recognized the voice of that young man in the prison camp. Self-promotion of Grass at the expense of others and at the same time an outrageous dig at the then incumbent German Pope with a fictitious story ("Ah, a careerist who always wanted to be high"). A deep grip in the dirt bucket.
"The largest cemetery in Europe"
Yesterday's TV broadcast claimed it was "a historic first live interview" by the Pope. In fact, it had been pre-recorded and broadcast with a time delay, as was easy to see from the Pope's wristwatch. Why the opposite was claimed probably also has something to do with PR measures that we are constantly surrounded and manipulated by.
Fabio Fazio, who at the time, together with Günther Grass, then “ enjoyed” discussing Benedict XVI, lavishly scattered flowers for Francis. The Argentine Pope is "an intellectual at heart, a Pope who has decided to reach everyone," said the TV presenter.
Francis expressed his thanks and in the program lamented the fate of hundreds of thousands of migrants, especially those who push their way to Europe via the Mediterranean route. He reiterated his claim that there were "concentration camps" for migrants in Libya and called on EU countries to agree on a "balance". The head of the Church meant that the states should agree on a generous reception of migrants. Francis said:
“What is being done to the migrants is criminal. They suffer so much to reach the sea. There are pictures of concentration camps, yes I use that word, by human traffickers in Libya. You can see what those who try to flee suffer on these recordings.”
According to Pope Francis, the Mediterranean is “the largest graveyard in Europe” because migrants are “rejected”. There are numerous ships "waiting for a port". Calling at a safe port, by which Francis meant a port in an EU country, is only granted with hesitation.
The Pope asked EU member states to say how many migrants they would take in. The EU has to push for a compromise. In plain language, Francis demanded that the EU should discipline the member states so that all states accept migrants. Francis praised Italy and Spain, the two countries "where most migrants arrive" who are "welcomed, accompanied, encouraged and integrated". Pope Francis said the need to welcome migrants is all the more relevant because of Europe's declining population. "People are needed, and an integrated migrant helps the country."
Forgiveness as a human right
It is important to “feel and touch”, said Francis, in order not “to be tempted to look the other way”. He also formulated a "truth" that will "shock" some:
“Forgiveness is a human right. We all have the right to be forgiven when we ask for forgiveness. We have forgotten that someone who asks for forgiveness has the right to be forgiven.”
Overall, however, the world's problems are not new: migrants, war, weapons manufacturers who fuel it, and climate change. For this, Francis received great applause from the audience in the Milan studio.
According to Francis, the “greatest evil of the Church” is “spiritual worldliness”. This is "even worse than that of the most permissive popes" because it allows "an ugly thing to arise in the Church, clericalism, which is a perversion of the Church".
“The clericalism that lies in rigidity; and beneath all rigidity there is always decay.”
Francis also answered some personal questions. He said he needs people around him, which is why he lives in Santa Marta. He has "but few true friends" and likes "classical music and tango":
"A porteño who doesn't dance a tango isn't a porteño."
*Porteños are the inhabitants of Buenos Aires.
According to Francis, it is important to always be in a good mood. But he also thinks a lot about why children have to
Trans: Ramcred Vekron99@hotmail.comsuffer. The only answer he could find was to sympathize with them. Dostoyevsky was a great teacher for him in this regard.
At the end, the audience gave the Pope a standing ovation. A gesture that was of course intended by the broadcasters.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: RAI3 (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.Com
I can't imagine being forced to live with him in Santa Marta.
Not enough Compari in the world.......
It is pretty well known by now that he is not "the brightest bulb" on the Christmas tree.
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