PopeWatch: The Great Stumble

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:


From March 15, 2013:

VATICAN––Media outlets around the world were quick to speculate about the future of the two day old papacy of Pope Francis earlier this morning after the new pontiff tripped on his way down a step to greet Dean of Cardinals Angelo Sodano. Calling it “The Great Stumble,” many are now speculating whether this could be an “omen” of the 76-year-old Francis’ papacy. “After Benedict’s papacy, which was fraught with gaffes and scandals, many are beginning to look to the stars, so to speak, about where this papacy might be heading,” spokesman for Reuters Debra Heinz told Eye of the Tiber. “Things are obviously starting off on the wrong foot. Definitely a rocky start.” Others in the media are beginning to wonder whether Francis’ age might be taking a toll on him, leading some to speculate that the Church might soon be heading toward yet another abdication. Carla Suarez, an Argentinian studying in Rome, says that she was shocked to hear the news, since Argentinians “are typically quite nimble-footed.” “We’re usually very sure-footed,” Suarez said. “You know…with the Tango and all. I don’t know…this is obviously very embarrassing for my people. I just hope that Papa Francisco is able to prove everyone wrong and lead a good and stable papacy.”

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  1. A fitting Eye of the Tiber comment:
    SV • 6 years ago
    Were you there when they publicized the Pope?
    Were you there when they publicized the Pope?
    Oh! – O – o – oh! …
    Sometimes, it causes him to
    Were you there when they publicized the Pope?

  2. An Irish toast;

    “Here’s to those we love and to those who love us. And as for those who don’t love us, may they stumble and fall so that will know ’em by there limping.”

    I’m trying my best to believe that man is primarily good. It’s many of his ideas and corresponding actions that are detestable.
    Ideas and actions can change. This conversion of heart and mind is helped or hampered by the body of believers..the Body of Christ. Prayers for conversions help.
    If I can change my ways, my ideas, my actions then by Gods grace anyone can be converted. If we Pray for Pope Francis 5 times more than we complain or belittle him maybe his conversion will be helped.

    I too must practice what I preach regarding all things for God’s glory. Jesus is providing us a task. Will we help him or hamper him?

  3. Only the prayers of the Faithful kept Pope Francis from falling on his face. First the lightening hitting the dome of St. Peters, then the hawks attacking the doves, now, the stumble? “Who am I to judge?”

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