Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture puts his finger upon one of the more significant features of this Papacy:
Don’t let the understated headline fool you. There’s dynamite in this CWN headline story.
It’s not big news that the director of the Vatican press office admits he is “confused” by Pope Francis. We’re all confused. Join the club, Father Lombardi.
But when the Vatican’s chief spokesman reveals that he doesn’t know what’s on the Pope’s schedule—and no one else knows, either, except the Pope himself—that’s astonishing. Indeed all of the remarks by Father Federico Lombardi, as quoted in an otherwise unremarkable article in National Geographic are eye-opening. The papal spokesman limns a picture of a leader who doesn’t give clear directions, doesn’t communicate with his staff, and (at least in diplomatic affairs) doesn’t have a strategic vision.
“No one knows all of what he’s doing,” Lombardi says. “His personal secretary doesn’t even know. I have to call around: One person knows one part of his schedule, someone else knows another part.”
The job of a spokesman is to make his boss look good. These comments by Father Lombardi definitely do not make Pope Francis look good. What’s happening here?
Go here to read the rest. This of course is related to Pope Francis rarely explaining his remarks, even when they cause widespread confusion. PopeWatch believes that is clear now that the Pope often acts on impulse. He rarely shares his day to day schedule because he rebels at any attempt to make him behave according to a plan. As far as the confusion this causes, PopeWatch suspects that the Pope views this as a feature and not a bug.