Jeffrey Tucker at the excellent blog, New Liturgical Movement, has posted a very helpful article today about the way the press shaped the narrative about Pope Benedict and how they are doing so now with Pope Francis. In light of recent days’ news, Jeffrey’s words are definitely worth reading. Here is a sample:
Here is what has been going on and has from day one. Hardly anything that Pope Francis does goes uncompared with Benedict XVI. Francis holds a press conference and this fact is compared with the supposed aloofness and severity of his predecessor. He carries a briefcase and this is proclaimed as an astonishing act of service-based humility (which, hint hint, his predecessor did not display). He rides in a compact car instead of a sedan and this is supposed to be an unprecedented and revolutionary display of rebuke to the whole of modern papal history.