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From Sandro Magister's blog Settimo Cielo:

There was once an empty Chair. It was left vacant up until the very last minute on the 22nd of June, with no plausible explanation from Pope Francis, as he deserted the concert offered in his honour in the packed Aula Nervi of Paul VI.

Now the Chair is occupied. Not by the Pope, however, but by an Argentinian football [soccer] star, Ezequiel “El Pocho” Lavezzi, and surrounded by his jubilant team-mates.

It happened on the 13th of August, in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace, at the end of the meeting between Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the Italian and Argentinean national football teams.

While the Italian footballers politely waited in line to greet the Pope, the Argentinians, in disorder, crowded around him, to such an extent that it made him exclaim: “Here in the Vatican they criticize me, and call me undisciplined: now they have seen my race!”

In giving news of the meeting , L’Osservatore Romano spoke of the “uncontainable exuberance” of the Argentine players, “with the Chair guards having their hands full keeping an eye on everything.”

But the Vatican paper was careful not to publish the photo of the occupied Chair, which instead, was diffused on Twitter by the protagonist of the bravado.

As for the Chair guards, seeing that the Master of the House let it happen, they were not able to intervene in defense of the sacred Chair, and so were not even able to give honour to their name. Has the reform of the Curia already begun?

(Author: Sandro Magister; Tip and translation: Contributor Francesca Romana.)

22 comments:

David said...

Goes to show Argentinians will never be Europeans.

Joseph Dylong said...

You truly need to breathe, relax and breathe some more. Seriously, it does become taxing to see traditionalists complain over an insignificant event. There appears to be a rigidity, a failure to speak to the heart of man.

New Catholic said...

You truly need to breathe, relax and breathe some more, Joseph Dylong. Seriously, it does become taxing to see people like Joseph Dylong complain over an insignificant post. There appears to be a rigidity, a failure to speak to the heart of man.

In other news, Prof. Sandro Magister will be the first to be surprised with the assumption that he is now considered a "traditionalist".

Adfero said...

A Pelagianism? Oh please ...

Bwangi Kilonzo said...

Mpmmmm, I wonder, if being liked on this earth is important, or the see of Peter is important. What is there to protect?

New Catholic said...

Just to be clear, before another Dylong appears here, this specific chair is not "sacred", and Magister was presumably being somewhat humorous in parts of this post.

Maricruz said...

I´m just a faithful and for me it´s just a chair and a photo took on a private moment that someone irresponsably published and that you´re supporting by using it to criticize de Pope.

New Catholic said...

Maricruz querida, Sandro Magister, right now possibly the most consequential Vaticanist, authored this post, actually several days ago, a contributor just translated it.

It's like the Soviet Union in the minds of some, give it a rest...

Bl. Miguel Pro said...

"Goes to show Argentinians will never be Europeans. "

LOL, and...?


Barbara said...

Sorry, but I'd like to punch that soccer player in the face for his presumption - and box the others around their ears for their cheek. The Papacy does not belong only to them just because the present Pope happens to be Argentinean. Infantile...


The chair may not be sacred in itself but the person who usually sits on it has Sacred Unique Authority over all men as that lovely post by Bartłomiej K. J. Krzych IBP describing Papal Coronation posted the other day.

Intelligent Magister....

Fernando. said...

Dylong and Maricruz, if Sandro Magister dislikes footballers sitting on the Papal chair but seeks God and has good will, who are you to judge him?



Zdravko Ćurić said...

It's a chair. Chair. Let me say that again: It's chair!

Dymphna said...

Its just a chair. Don't carry on about this. Worry about whether Francis is going to take the TLM from us not the classlessness of his Argentine visitors.

Sarah said...

Clearly the lack of reverence had our new pope's stamp of approval. If, by smiling complacently over the scene, he is (directly or indirectly) seeking to redefine reverence for us, all Catholics should reject the attempt loudly and clearly.
What a disgusting and disappointing display.
To those who lack reverence, nothing is sacred. And to those who prefer the world's praise to the reverence due to God and to His Church, you spit on both.

Bwangi Kilonzo said...

Their seems to be no appreciation and respect for the office one holds. Should there not be a distinction between the office and the office holder?

poetcomic1 said...

Reminds me of 'The King's Speech' - when Geoffrey Rush sat on the throne to get a strong reaction out of the King. I have a feeling it will be very difficult to get a rise out of Pope Francis concerning any Papal prerogatives.

Mike said...

I don't know, poetcomic1, those stiff-necked, rosary-praying Pelagians got his dander up real quick.

Waverley said...

What has become taxing is the cohort of those obviously without real Catholic sentiment who take the time to comment here. Their number isn't small - what is the motivation? Is it to discourage? Do they think themselves so insightful and persuasive that their denigration of "traditionalists" will cause those who look with natural dismay at such a scene to swallow that God-given recoil in embarrassment, and just allow the disorientation of the times to wash over them? Isn't such weakness exactly what has permitted the devastation of these 50 years?

The chair is a symbol. Its profanation is a symbol. Magister is right to draw attention to yet another sad milestone on this epochal decline.

apis said...

You can have a chair and you can have the Chair of St Peter. Big difference. It's not just a chair.

Mar

Joseph Franceski said...

So much about Bishop Francis is disheartening, enigmatic and frustrating that this little act does seem minor in it's significance, but it is disgusting. Once F starts wearing just a clerical shirts and tongue depressor collar collar many will say, "about time he gets out of the cassock".

John C. said...

Lol!!

Donald R. said...

The dignity of the Office is impugned by this behavior. It reminds me of certain teachers who lack discipline in their classrooms. Very telling, as are so many things about this papacy.