Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pope Hero Worship?

Though we can applaud the Pope's gesture in rejecting "hero-worship" yet we wonder why he still permits "pope-worship." No one in all the scriptures, including Peter and Paul, allowed people to bow down to them - besides Jesus. This is all part of the "mystery of iniquity" that the Bible (2 Thesa. 2:1-9) warned us that would be seen just before Jesus returned. -Advent Messenger Commentary

 Pope Francis rejects hero-worship and says he is a normal person
March 5, 2014
By Lizzy Davies

He has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, been depicted as a street-art superhero and is greeted by crowds of adoring fans wherever he goes. But Pope Francis has told a newspaper he has had enough of the hero worship that has accompanied his year-long papacy, describing it as offensive and insisting he is just "a normal person".

In an interview published in the Italian paper Corriere della Sera almost 12 months after his election, Francis said he objected to the image of him that has been widely propagated.

The Argentinian pontiff, 77, has dramatically altered the style of the papacy, making a series of symbolic choices that have solidified his persona as a plain-living, down-to-earth and genial head of the Catholic church.

"Sigmund Freud used to say, if I'm not mistaken, that in every idealisation there is an attack," he said. "Depicting the pope as a kind of superman, a kind of star, seems to me offensive. The pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps calmly and has friends like everyone else. A normal person."

Entitled "Il Mio Papa", or "My Pope", the fanzine contains an array of Francis trivia and comment, including tips on the best places to stand in St Peter's Square to catch his Sunday blessing, photographs of the guesthouse where he lives, and a centerfold picture of the pontiff smiling in his white cassock.