Pope Benedict biographer David Gibson considers that B16 could have done better with Jewish leaders in Rome today. Good commentariat discussion there, including a thought that the pope refrains from strong language because he defers to Scripture in a way that is modest and fitting. Yet Jimmy Mac references the picture up at the Loggia, and while yes, I know this is more about the office of the pope and the man in it, it does seem a bit incongruous to chalk it up to modesty.
Let our friend and frequent commentarian weigh in:
In this particular case, and at this particular time, just think of how more effective this COULD have come across if B16 WASN’T sitting on a throne at a level above and distant from these rabbis?
Could he not have been seated, either at a table with them around him, or, even better, in a small, informal chatting environment?
I doubt that His Elevated Self impressed these guys with his distancing and elevation.
When will these guys learn ?!?!?!?
As for the thought that some Catholics are getting tired about all this disgust at SSPX, the curia, and the pope, let’s offer some perspective. Many of us critics are within the Church, expressing our own outrage, and are we expected to hold out tongues and pens on it? Don’t think so.