Gotta admit… Not a fan of the Pope on the cover of Rolling Stone

I know some Catholics are excited that Pope Francis made the cover of Rolling Stones Magazine but I can’t say that I am… at all. Why? There are many reasons but the main one being that the article bashes Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus describing him as Freddy Krueger and suggests that Pope Francis is changing Church teaching! I’m sure that many who are excitedly posting the photo have no idea what the article says. Perhaps we should hold back some of our enthusiasm of this ‘super hero’ Pope  constantly grabbing the attention of the mainstream media and learn the content of what the latest journalist has to say about this new celebrity (and his predecessor) before we post our joy of him making  yet another cover of a magazine.
“After the disastrous papacy of Benedict, a staunch traditionalist who looked like he should be wearing a striped shirt with knife-fingered gloves and menacing teenagers in their nightmares, Francis’ basic mastery of skills like smiling in public seemed a small miracle to the average Catholic. But he had far more radical changes in mind. By eschewing the papal palace for a modest two-room apartment, by publicly scolding church leaders for being “obsessed” with divisive social issues like gay marriage, birth control and abortion (“Who am I to judge?” Francis famously replied when asked his views on homosexual priests) and – perhaps most astonishingly of all – by devoting much of his first major written teaching to a scathing critique of unchecked free-market capitalism, the pope revealed his own obsessions to be more in line with the boss’ son.”
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5 responses to “Gotta admit… Not a fan of the Pope on the cover of Rolling Stone

  1. I am a fan of Pope Francis. His smile, his focus on the poor people of our world, and his keep it simple lifestyle are very refreshing. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do Rosario.

  2. I agree and wonder what is going on. I hope Pope Francis is aware of how the media is trying to shape him and how duplicitous reporters can be. He seems not to realize how they convolute pastoral messages, e.g. don’t judge LGBT people with a projected message that they want to hear, (forget the bible) this lifestyle is fine. Pope Francis I didn’t say that. I wish he made a clear statement and would get the press to set the record straight. The press seems to want to push this pope in a certain direction and while he may be for change, he hasn’t issued official teachings to my knowledge that

    I do think church leaders should engage the public via the press, but they have to be careful and sometimes just say no so that they aren’t swayed by fame.

  3. I hope the pope specifically responds to this article. It’s what I’d expect from RS, but still they should be chastised by Pope Francis not a spokesperson. RS seems to want to love Pope Francis while hating the church.

  4. veronica

    Dear Rosario,
    I totally agree with you. Specially about what people compare Pope Francis with Benedict XVI, to who we Catholics owe a lot, Benedict XVI as humble as he is, he worked so hard for the Church, but in the silence of his Papacy, no making a lot of noise, Benedicth XVI also faced a lot of hard times in the church with the problems of Prist abusing of children, he asked for forgiveness and paid millions. People many times misunderstand. And also people see a things for their own convenience, when Pope Francis said that who is him to Judge, most of people took these words as: ” I agree with abortion, homosexuals, etc. they put those words at their own convenience. Pope Francis is working hard too, but unfortunatelly the majority of people see his behavior or acts as a window to attack our Traditional Church. We have to have a high criteria to take Pope Francis’s words. We must pray, pray and pray as our Mother asks us to do.
    Please forgive my English, I am writing from Mexico.
    May our Lord bless you all, and please, pray, pray for our church, our Beautiful Church and for Pope Francis and Benedcit XVI too.

  5. Thank you, Rosario! I wholeheartedly agree with you. Our enthusiasm for this featured piece should be prudently restrained – and the issue left on the shelf.

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