These screen shots are from Saturday at the Te Deum, and were retweeted all over the world. “Te Deum laudamus” is how the hymn begins, “Thee, O God, we praise.” Pssst, you’re supposed to kneel on that kneely thingee and praise God. It’s not polite to stand there and stare.
Silly Francis, he only kneels for muslims and wheelchairs. Not sure what +Marini is thinking, but I like how he keeps on setting up the prie dieu. Except when he sets it up and then Francis orders him to remove it, like at the opening of the Holy Door for the Year of (false) Mercy. We can’t have any distractions when Francis is going for an Ecce Homo moment with the press. Watch, as he stands Vader-like at the 0:29 mark:
Just think about what these pictures say, for all the world to see. Go back and look at the twitterpics again. There are two possibilities for what is going through the mind of Francis right here.
If he DOES believe in the Real Presence, the blinding Pride monster is on full rage. He is openly mocking God to His face, refusing to kneel to his creator, in a public demonstration of non serviam. Just like he does at the consecration at every Mass. But the visual in this scene is one of pure defiance.
If he DOES NOT believe in the Real Presence, he’s actually demonstrating not pride, in his mind, but humility. By allowing himself to be paraded in front of a cracker, he begrudging goes through the motions of doing his job, even if he can’t manage to wipe the scowl from his face. Plus there is the added bonus of scoring points with the other cool kids who don’t believe any of that stuff.
Which one is it?
Which one is worse?
Well, I’m not sure what is going on in the FrancisBrain, but I sure know what is going on in actual reality.