“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” – Take of “ultra-tradition-al-ism-ists”

The movie is released in theaters wherever it is today, May 18, 2018. The Trailer seems innocent enough. I haven’t seen it. I don’t think it will be carried in theaters in the back mountain ridges here where there are literally only a handful of Catholics.

I only do this once every year or two or three, but I looked at a couple of the video responses of the ultra-tradition-al-ism-ists, that is, until I didn’t. I could only stand a few seconds of each:

(1) The first I looked at for a few seconds immediately cut to sleazy soft-porn excerpts of other films which have nothing whatsoever to do with this film. So, yuck. No. That’s just so incredibly dishonest, lacking in integrity, soooo impure. Just. No. Never again. Again, all of that rubbish had nothing whatsoever to do with this film. So dishonest.

(2) The second one I looked at, presenting itself more as a documentary, opened with some video of the magnificent and traditional and indeed chanted-in-Latin with the traditional text Exsultet, you know, that long and glorious piece sung at the beginning of the Easter Vigil by the priest or deacon. The scenes in this case were from Saint Peter’s in more recent years, but still the Exsultet of old, beautifully chanted in Latin. The video kept flashing on the screen some of the final words of the Esxultet which twice include the word “lucifer,” used, however, not as the name of the fallen angel, but for what it actually means in Latin, which refers to the Easter Candle, which refers to Christ: “lucifer” literally means “light-bearer” in Latin much like “Christopher” means “Christ bearer.” The idea of the video was to make it seem that under Pope Francis the Catholic liturgy is singing to the fallen angel Lucifer, but that is not at all the case. That’s just so incredibly dishonest, lacking in integrity, sooooo impure. Just. No. Never again.

But, I’ll tell you this, those kind of presentations are about the only ones that conservative Catholics (I know; “conservative” is a mere political term, but is appropriate in this context)…. those kind of presentations are about the only ones that “conservative” Catholics will follow on the internet. If what is presented is full of hatred and vitriol and lies, that is exactly what will be followed. It’s says more about the “reporters” and their avid followers than about who the report is supposed to be on.

And, yes, I am also dissed and mocked by the ultra-tradition-al-ism-ists because – even if very rarely – I call them out on this kind of hatred which smells of the evil one.

Anyway, I’m guessing that this is NOT a documentary on Pope Francis. It simply amounts to whatever personal take it is that the director has. So, whatever. It’s not infallible, is it? No. I’m sure there are inspiration shots of meeting up with those who are suffering, who are in the darkest of existential peripheries, but even that kind of thing is totally mocked by the ultra-tradition-al-ism-ists. Why?

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3 responses to ““Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” – Take of “ultra-tradition-al-ism-ists”

  1. The trailer does not inspire me to watch it.
    To me it looks like the film will be a biased sensationalist (non factual) account of Pope Francis.

    I see this as video clips and newspaper articles pieced together to present the opinion of the director!

  2. Aussie Mum

    This trailer doesnt seem to be introducing a documentary on Pope Francis but a PR piece. Short on facts, it endeavours to build a “great man” image. It’s claim that “his words unite us” and that he is “ a leader whose faith inspires the world” is simply not true. I wish it was. I want him to be a real Catholic hero, not a media created one.

  3. Aussie Mum

    Perhaps I should add that I am not an “ultra-tradition-al-ism-ist”. I do not
    go to the Latin Mass although I would if not for the elitist attitude I have encountered among those who do. Paradoxically, the current successor of Peter who is vehemently opposed by traditionalists as causing division – and I agree with their diagnosis in part – are themselves dividing Catholics in the pews. The world needs the Catholic Church and the Church needs a pope who teaches the truth in a straightforward, unambiguous manner and members who faithfully adhere to that teaching and are models of charity. We have a ways to go.

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