|This would the Trads worst nightmare. Probably not going to happen. Francis might lease it out, but I don't think he'll sell it.|
In my time off this last week, I perused a number of retro sites to get a feel for the level of angst on the Traditional side of things. The 'outpouring' of support for Pope Francis' initiatives on Holy Thursday was remarkable for it's intensity--at least in it's opposition, and I was curious if the angst was a one shot deal or if it had deeper roots. As I suspected, it has deeper roots. It seems everything Francis does is perceived as a slap at Benedict. It's not just a decision to do things differently. There is not even very much of an argument of 'love the papal sinner, hate the papal style' thing happening. It's all about defending Benedict's reputation from Francis' innovations. It's almost like they personally are being attacked, and in a way, I suppose they are. The following is an excerpt from this article by Pat Perriello on NCR. Perriello tries to deflect some of the comparison issues between the styles of the two popes, but as the comment from a 'High Church' Catholic which follows the extract demonstrates, Perriello fails in his mission. Personally, I don't know that anyone could succeed at that task. The styles represent two very different views of Catholicism that just invite comparison.
......I find particularly significant Francis’ decision to take up residence outside of the papal palace. Considering that no pope has lived anywhere else in more than a hundred years, this choice is a dramatic one. Yet I think the first reports of this decision may be missing some of the more significant aspects of the move.
What I have heard most frequently in response to this is that it represents a condemnation of how Benedict XVI lived. I think that is unfair. We are talking about two individuals with different styles and different personalities. The fact that we find this step by Francis refreshing and perhaps just what the church needs at this time is not meant to denigrate Benedict for being who he is, anymore than it should denigrate Francis for not adhering to long-standing practices.
I also believe that this move is not just another expression of Francis’ humility and simplicity. It is not just that Francis has chosen to eschew the monarchical trappings of the past as important as that may be.
What augurs a truly new papacy is the freedom that this decision gives Francis to be his own person and avoid being handled by those used to wielding power in Rome. Living apart from the papal palace will provide the new pope with an opportunity to operate independently and develop his own agenda. It will provide him access to a variety of the voices around him. (Living amongst the workers also offers protection with the added benefit of a connection with the real Church the clerical Church is supposed to serve.)
It will make it more difficult for officials in Rome to tell him what he can and cannot do. He should be able to determine for himself who his closest advisors will be and what will be the priorities of his papacy. It represents the first step in letting those around him know who will be in charge.
The evidence is clear that this pope was chosen to make significant changes in Rome and in the church. He is off to a good beginning. The journey ahead will be difficult. His ability to remain independent from the curial structures that have ruled the church for too long will be critical....
And then there was this comment: