Saturday, July 19, 2014

"The Essential Rule of Interpretation of Pope Francis"

Fr. Bernd Hagenkord SJ, head of the German-language Section of Vatican Radio, is quoted in The Atlantic, according to "The Essential Rule of Interpretation of Pope Francis" (RC, July 14, 2014) thusly:
Francis knows exactly how power is spelled,” says Bernd Hagenkord, a Jesuit who is in charge of German programming for Vatican Radio. “He’s a communicator in the league with Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. They say he’s being unclear, but we know exactly what he means.”


Ralph Roister-Doister said...

Some might have trouble tying this "essential rule of interpretation of Pope Francis" with the interpretation offered by Marcelo Gonzalez a few blog topics down the line, which gives the impression of a stooge who cannot maintain consistency of thought through utterances which require more than one sentence. But the more one thinks about it, the more natural such a juxtaposition seems.

I consider Bergoglio a successor of V2 "signs of the times" progressivist pettifoggers. Such men advanced their squalid careers, and their silly and unholy ideas, by pumping them up as somehow more than their own -- as "signs" in fact, of the Holy Spirit's validation of their inflated and presumptuous selves. Such blatant ambitiousness requires a gift for petty political manipulation, such as Hagenkord describes, and we saw that at V2 in spades. But one can also see at its heart the incoherent blackness -- "the horror" -- that was plain to Gonzalez. Isn't it fascinating that Gonzalez's description of Bergoglio's work in his diocese of Buenos Aires recalls - intentionally perhaps? - the crowning exclamation of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"?

James Joseph said...

Some background on Fr. Bernd Hagenkord. He attended his municipal gymnasium in Munster. After which there was military service. He began to study Journalism and History at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. He quit that. He enrolled in the University if Munich. From there he went to Canisius College (which is a highschool) for two-years. In 1999, he then went to Heythrop College in London to began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained in 2002.

If one wants to understand his 'power' comment, then become familiar with the KSJ platforms. In particular Platform 2.4.2 which calls to power 50% of all the work that men and boys do.