Mar 142013

by Anura Guruge

Related post from earlier today:
>> Is This A Re-Run Of 1978 I — With John Paul I (Last Pope With A New Name).
>> Have This Weird Feeling — Mar. 14, 2013.


redflaggifLast night I was already beginning to have some weird feelings.

Then this morning I heard, on CNN, albeit retold by a U.S. cardinal known to be unreliable (at best), that the new pope, Francis, at dinner last night, at the Domus, with the cardinals, retold the FATEFUL John Paul I remark:

May God forgive you for what you have done in my regard“.

That send a shiver down my spine. I worry for this kindly, new pope — reminds me of may favorite Celestine V (#193).

The U.S. cardinal who was boastfully retelling this on CNN probably had never heard of John Paul I — let alone appreciate the significance of that fateful remark.

John Paul I immediately apologized for it.

Pope Francis was not at that conclave.

But, that he retold that statement, albeit only per an unreliable cardinal, worries.

Just adds to a growing list of coincidences:

1/ Another pope with a previously unused papal name. You know that John Paul I was the ONLY pope to have taken an assumed name that had not previously been a pope name? Another way to think of it. It was the first time an assumed name was ‘I’. In all other instances of a papal ‘I’, explicit or implicit, the name had been their original name, ‘John I’ was ‘John’ before becoming pope.

2/ Another pastoral pope elected because he was pastoral.

3/ Despite obvious commitment to social justice and the well being of all, is steadfastly conservative on all matters affecting people.

4/ Eschews the gold, the tiara, the trappings, the pomp and the ceremony.

5/ Is not a Vatican insider.

6/ Is supposed to reform the curia!

7/ Is supposed to fix the Vatican’s financial dealings!

8/ Health issue, blood pressure in one case, one lung in the other, gets publicized immediately after the election.

9/ Indicates that he is going to be a simple pope.

10/ Utters the fateful words!

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