Papa Francesco e la solitudine

Papa FrancescoIn the era of the great communicators, Pope Francesco looms. Vince today who simplifies, and especially stands out and makes it easier arises for those who (perhaps on the basis of very sophisticated and complex strategies) thoughts already simple: those who communicate to the belly, the wallet, the frustration, anger, the instincts, in short, of the people.

The simplicity of the pontiff Argentine hides complexity instead.

Let's say the last episode.

The pope's words with elementary spirits if not also explained to the students of Jesuit schools why not reside in the papal.
I need company, said it is a matter of "psychiatric".

Behind these lines reveals a novel attempt to resolve what is a major problem of the structure of the papal government.

The Roman Pontiff is an absolute ruler, his word has more than "one hundred popes dead," as it was said to mean that his will was stronger than the tradition and standards, and yet it is also one man, linked to the world by a group of persons to which the quality of his government.

Rather, up to half of the 500 the Roman pontiff lived surrounded by the Court.

The very structure of his residences obliged him to this by stirring private spaces and public spaces.

In contemporary accounts written by curial prelates agents, etc.., The head of the church, and we know a lot is known elements also very close.

Anyone had ease to meet him.

The reorganization of the Curia in the second '500 congregations formed an extraordinary innovation.

The locations of these "ministries" became largely the residences of their prefects or deans and became detached from the physical shape of the pontiff.

These could gain intimacy and the choices made primarily by Paul V (pope from 1605) characterized a new way of doing the Pope (in other monarchical courts, moreover, the rulers retreated from the scene and became "king hidden").

In the Vatican the bourgeois overthrew the placement of environments to build up a quasi-secret residence in the vicinity of the hall of maps, well known to visitors to the Vatican Museums.

In this way, the Raphael Rooms, which had been the residence of several popes, became antechambers and earned the designation of rooms of the squires, the cavalry and broken spears.

In the new papal palace of the Quirinal, which would become the permanent residence of the popes in the modern and up to Pius IX, Pope Paul V and his successors had at their disposal a portion of the building and rooms private located in the oldest part of the complex, one below the Tower where he is now studying representing the President of the Republic.

The pope moved away from his court, and he had to surround himself with a family (relatively) restricted to men of his supreme confidence led by Cardinal nephew.

In an electoral system which the Pope, in which, as stated earlier, the curial more ambitious, the newly elected pope, already they began to speculate on who could be his successor in whose thanks agreed to enter time, the career civil servants did not inspire much trust.

Only blood relatives, that at least the feeling, ensured the loyalty, sincerity he needed the Pope: his success was linked to the survival of the race even after his death.

The separation of the pope begat short, the golden age of nepotism, that system had many drawbacks, however, and was finally (almost) exceeded only in the early nineteenth century.

Then began the time, with Cardinal Ercole Consalvi and Pope Pius VII, the Secretary of State, designated as the lead actor of the curia and the main filter between the pope and the world.

To put it better - to simplify, indeed, without in so doing have the extraordinary ability to Francis-Bergoglio -, the Secretary of State and, hand in hand, the private secretary of the Pope became essential elements of the new system.

A model, this, place in serious crisis since the events surrounding the years of Benedict XVI.

A pope extraordinarily productive from an intellectual, but he has left ample space to his closest collaborators effects are widely recognized and embarrassing.

It is no coincidence that Bergoglio come back often on the theme of individualism and careerism among the men of the church proposing a debate with what ever alive for centuries.

What is its antidote, in these months?

The dive into the community of the house S.Marta, not surrounded by a family very restricted, but exposed, indeed, restated as the popes oldest attendance also occasional others.

In the many social occasions offered by that kind of cohabitation - from meetings in the chapel of the house: think of the space you have gained his sermons in the daily Mass, the conversations at the table with stakeholders , it is assumed, diversified - the Pope was not only ensures the company of which he says he had need, but also draws on information, for reflection, enabling him to bypass that isolation - of course more or less characterized depending on the personality of the sovereign - that from the first '600 had become, in fact, with advantages and disadvantages, a model of government.

Francis has his private secretary, which, however, few recall the name (the last two secretaries, remember, have become archbishops and always had been in the spotlight).



The Secretary of State Bertone no longer appears.

Hard to think that his successor, at least with this pontiff, will stand for leadership.

Francis makes the bishop, and especially so interprets its role as pope.

A pontiff "traditional" needs of ministers and, to put old-fashioned, favorite, a bishop rather need men including where to stay and indulge.

And what Bergoglio seems to be able to do very well, so picking the first malicious comments from those who now is excluded, and it does so according to the retiree S.Marta and not on the third floor the Palace of Sixtus V.

It is not just a matter of sociality, as to overcome the phase of a degenerate "segretarismo" started in the last period of the papacy of John Paul II and continued with more damage with Pope Ratzinger.

What will happen then tomorrow (will affirm some form of collegial management could be based on the committee of eight cardinals, or what else?) We'll see.

This (probably) hides the seemingly light output of the pope.

If historians were able to acquire a minimum by Francis of its ability to explain things - which still does not occur, as seen from the preceding lines - the story would no longer 'futile pastime of a few it is today and would recover, with beneficial effects, the function that it once had.

If then the politicians ...


Anthony Ippolito Menniti

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