Massimo Franco, one of Italy's shrewdest political editorial writers, commented in the Corriere Della Sera, "the era of the Pope-King and of the Vatican court is over". I'm delighted!
I have been horrified by the invective coming out of some of the so-called 'traditionalist' blogs accusing him of being opposed to the Extra-ordinary Form of the Mass, mixing with Jews, Heretics and Infidels and reducing the Faith to a form of spiritual relativism. He didn't wear the stole through-out his first appearance on the balcony, spoke Italian and not Latin...in short we will probably all end up as Quakers. (Worse things could happen.) They were obviously hoping for a reincarnation of Pio Nono.
You expect the secular press to try and find something damaging in his past because that is there job but naively I didn't expect it from our co religionists...or are they?
Rape and Abuse
|Fr Russell Pollitt SJ|
I'm a bit cynical about the outcome as rape and women abuse as it is in many ways acceptable in South African society from the higher echelons of government to grass routes level. Marches and T-shirts don't achieve anything beyond a feeling of self-satisfaction and a bit of money in the pockets of T-shirt manufacturers. It's all very well saying that women should know their rights but it doesn't help much if they are not economically independent and cannot assert them as is the case with 99% of the female population. We are not going to change this patriarchal attitude but we can help people who have been abused and can teach women how to react if they are in danger of being raped, are being raped or have been raped and provide support for them.
Cardinal Wilfred Napier