Pope Francis Praises Encyclical Humanae Vitae: Asks Benedict for Advice


 Pope Francis Praises Encyclical Humanae Vitae: Asks Benedict for Advice

New interview of Pope Francis and praise for Pope Paul VI. and his most famous encyclical: “His genius was prophetic, he had the courage to go against the majority, to defend the moral discipline”
Rome (kath.net / RV)
“Yes”.  Pope Francis affirmed with this clear statement when questioned whether he has been asking Benedict XVI. for advice.  This time he has given another interview for the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Serra” regarding his governance,  and how he was trying to put into practice what had emerged in the debate with the Cardinals in the various congregations before the conclave. “In my actions, I’m waiting for the Lord to give me the inspiration  …”
The essence of his spiritual message he understands as “tenderness and mercy.” This comes from the Gospel.  Regarding the media Francis-hype the Pope said,  “I don’t like the ideological interpretations of a certain Francis-mythology. If one says, for example, he was going at night from the Vatican to bring food to the homeless in the Via Ottaviano…  That’s never crossed my mind. Sigmund Freud once said, if I’m not mistaken: In each idealization is also a hidden aggression. To draw the Pope as a kind of Superman, a kind of star, seems offensive to me.  The Pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps quietly and has friends, like everyone. A normal person. “

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