By Brian A. Graebe, First Things – (Peggy Noonan recounted) Clare Boothe Luce’s quip that every president is remembered for a sentence: “He freed the slaves.” “He made the Louisiana Purchase.”… What will Pope Francis’s sentence be? His most famous catchphrase, “Who am I to judge?” appeared early, just months after ascending to Peter’s chair, and set a tone of openness or ambiguity (depending on one’s point of view) that would become a hallmark of his pontificate… During his remarks on Copacabana beach, the Holy Father went off-script and exhorted the millions of young people there, “¡Hagan lío!”—“Make a mess!” Among the possibilities for Pope Francis’s sentence, a leading contender would have to be, “He made a mess.”
Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:18-22 – Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.” And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” ….
By Roberto de Mattei, Rorate Caeli – Napolitano was a consistent atheist-communist, and his “secular” funeral, was held on Sept. 26, for the first time in the history of Italy, inside the hall of Montecitorio [the palace of the Italian Chamber of Deputies]. This is the character to whom, two days earlier, Pope Francis wanted to pay homage, standing for a few minutes in silence, without a blessing or a sign of the cross, before the coffin displayed in the Senate’s funeral chamber… The tribute was not paid privately, but publicly, with a clear symbolic message. Giorgio Napolitano, Pope Francis said, was “a great man, servant of the fatherland.”