Papa cattivo? Siamo veloci a giudicare lenti a fare autocritica


Non c’e’ spazio social in questi giorni che non commenti o consideri l’episodio in cui Bergoglio, strattonato da una fedele, reagisce con degli schiaffi sulle mani alla ragazza. Tutti a vomitare giudizi e critiche, foto del papa in tutte le maniere, con un piglio da cattivo, con il muso duro. C’e’ chi critica leggermente e chi spara direttamente, offendendo il papa per la sua reazione “poco francescana”. Personalmente mi sento di andare contro corrente e lo difendo. Lo difendo perche” comportandosi cosi’ ha dimostrato palesemente la sua umanita’ e il fatto di non essere un robot. Alcuni “fenomeni” si sono spinti a paragonarlo ad altri papi che “non avrebbero mai reagito in quella maniera”. Tutti a esprimere giudizi, tutti ad ergersi a depositari della verita’ e della giustizia.

Così anche voi, di fuori apparite giusti alla gente; ma dentro siete pieni d’ipocrisia e d’iniquità”. Matteo 23:28 Questa frase dell’Evangelista racchiude in se molte verita’ che si potrebbero riassumere in breve con un pensiero: “Quando siamo noi a sbagliare speriamo sempre che gli altri siano benevoli e comprensivi con noi ma quando a sbagliare sono gli altri ecco che siamo veloci a sfoderare velocemente il dito indice e additare le colpe e gli sbagli degli altri. Se papa Francesco ha reagito di istinto ad uno strattone che lo ha sbilanciato e preso di sorpresa ci meravigliamo della sua reazione. Facendo cosi’ ha dimostrato i suoi limiti umani, di essere uno di noi e non un super eroe pronto al sorriso h 24 in qualsiasi situazione perche’ essendo il papa per definizione non puo’ sbagliare. La sua grandezza si e’ rivelata la domenica, quando di fronte a milioni di telespettatori durante l’Angelus ha umilmente chiesto scusa per aver reagito male.

Coloro che oggi criticano il suo modo di comportarsi facciano un piccolo esame di coscienza andando indietro con la memoria e confrontarsi con l’ultima volta che hanno perduto la pazienza in maniera esagerata rispetto al fatto che ha scatenato in loro la rabbia. Se vorranno essere sinceri riconosceranno che la reazione a volte non e’ dettata dalla cattiveria o dal cinismo, dalla frustrazione o dalla stanchezza ma piu’ semplicemente dal fatto che siamo esseri umani e possiamo sbagliare continuamente. Sbagliano i piccoli ma sbagliano anche coloro che scrivono la Storia dell’Umanita’. La lezione che si dovrebbe ricavare dall’episodio del papa che reagisce e’ una sola: A volte non riusciamo a controllare i nostri gesti, le nostre reazioni.Se sbagliamo siamo chiamati a chiedere scusa e pentirci del nostro comportamento, quello pero’ che mai dovremmo fare e’ di ergerci a giudici spietati senza prima aver meditato per una mezzora sui nostri difetti e su come a volte abbiamo anche noi, essendo umani, sbagliato.

Pope Francesco. The power of humility.Many fear for His life


(by pio dal cin)

Pope Francesco George Bergoglio has conquered the Hearts of the people. First with the choice of the name, taken from  Saint Francis of Assisi,the greatest Saint in the history of Catholic Church, known around the world for his simple ways and love for the poor. When Pope Francesco was elected last week, the Dalai Lama made a short statement saying ” Although I am not familiar with all the Saints of Christianity, I know Saint Francis of Assisii very well as a man of simplicity and Love for all Creatures of the Universe”.

Personally I have detached myself from the Catholic Church in the last years. I could not understand what was happening. When I learned that the Vatican owns the most powerful bank in the world the IOR, I was disgusted, and even more when I red in the past weeks about a scandal that was rocking the Vatican’s owned bank involving a sum of  ten million of Euros.

Wasn’t the Church supposed to be poor? Wasn’t the Church supposed to help the poor, the needy, the last ones? Why all this Love for richness and confort? Why was the Pope travelling around sporting a golden cross and ring that could have easily made the yearly  budget of a couple of middle class families?

If that was the case, plus the pedophile’s scandals that we all heard about and the misterious Vatileaks files, it was enough to call myself out.

I  travelled the world during my years as a young photojournalist, trying to discover the “Thruth”. As I grew up in a small town in Northern  Italy, I always wanted to find out what was on the other side of the fence. I often asked myself it there was a Religion that could represent my need for the Immense, a Religion that could be considered the “Right One”.

I studied  Islam, Ebraism, Buddhism, not in schools or in the books (even though I red about them  whenever I found an interesting text) but through the people I met, because I felt that the best way to get to know a new way of thinking , was through understanding the people and how the Religion itself was perceived by them.

When I realized that all of these three major Religions have all some of “the Truth” but none of them have the “complete truth” I came in touch with the Native American philosophy and Spirituality. I like that very much and I believe that the natural way of worshipping the Creator is a very interesting and fulfilling way to live, in respect for all Creatures of the Universe.

That brought my thoughts back to Saint Francis of Assisi, a man who was the son of the richest person in town and decided to give up all he had to go help the poor and the needy. He loved each and every creature he met. He was the living testimony of the word of Jesus.

Pope John Paul I was a bishop in Vittorio Veneto Italy, when I met Him.

He was a very simple person, like Pope Francesco. He also wanted a poor Church but His papacy only lasted 33 days. Many books and articles have been written about Him and his death. Some say he was killed, but the conspiracy, if there was ever one, was never discovered.

In Italy we live the news of this Pope Francesco as a great blessing. Something we were all waiting for. A Simple Church that can show us through the Pope that simple ways can go a long way. George Bergoglio was living the New Testament even when He was a simple priest, then as a Cardinal, now as a Pope He is trying to tell the world that the world can be changed, that the Church itself can go back to the original. 

“I Love this Pope, but I hope He will last” is the most common comment I have heard in the past week. It seems impossible that such a simple man, who love simple ways can really be leading the Catholic Church out of the muddy waters.

The fear for His life is a real feeling that I sensed talking to many people. Every comment as I said, ends with ” I hope He will last..”

This odd feeling comes from the fact that many know that there is corruption and evil inside the Vatican as there is inside any other Government in the world. 

The Church is made by people and there is good an bad everywhere. If there was a right time for a “Saint Francis of Assisi” this is it, and by assuming His name, George Maria Bergoglio has taken a very heavy load on His back. That is probably why, on the night he was elected as the successor of Saint Peter, he kneeled before the two hundred thousand people who gathered under the rain to receive His first blessing as Pope Francesco, and with great humility, after greeting them with a “Brothers and Sisters, Buonasera”, he asked  for a moment of silence and a prayer; the people’s prayer for the Pope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8IyCuTVXZ8