“If I were not a Catholic…”
“If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the world; in other words, I would look for the Church which the world hates. My reason for doing this would be, that if Christ is in any one of the churches of the world today, He must still be hated as He was when He was on earth in the flesh. If you would find Christ today, then find the Church that does not get along with the world. Look for the Church that is hated by the world, as Christ was hated by the world. Look for the Church which is accused of being behind the times, as Our Lord was accused of being ignorant and never having learned. Look for the Church which men sneer at as socially inferior, as they sneered at Our Lord because He came from Nazareth. Look for the Church which is accused of having a devil, as Our Lord was accused of being possessed by Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils. Look for the Church which the world rejects because it claims it is infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ because he called Himself the Truth. Look for the Church which amid the confusion of conflicting opinions, its members love as they love Christ, and respect its voice as the very voice of its Founder, and the suspicion will grow, that if the Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, then it is unworldly, and if it is unworldly, it is other-worldly. Since it is other-worldly, it is infinitely loved and infinitely hated as was Christ Himself. – Venerable Fulton Sheen
Newchurch gets a long very much with the world… High praise for Bergoglio worldwide.
“When a foulness invades the whole Church . . . We must return to the Church of the past.” – St. Vincent of Lérins (445)
“I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a Divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul…I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the true Faith of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past.” – Eugene Cardinal Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII) 1931
Pope Francis: Beloved by hundreds of millions around the world, plus top New York media power players…
The Hollywood Reporter’s “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2015″ feature is filled with interesting tidbits: Fox News CEO Roger Ailesis a fan of “So You Think You Can Dance”; Hoda Kotb watches MTV’s “Girl Code.” Who knew?
And the interesting thing than many of the most-powerful have in common? Overwhelmingly, when asked about their “dream interview,” the answer was “the pope.”
Media folk as disparate as Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore, “CBS Evening News” host Scott Pelley, Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith and ABC News’s Barbara Fedida all name-checked Pope Francis.
Some power players had specific reasons.
Jeff Zucker, president of CNN: “No pope has ever sat for an extended interview, but there hasn’t been a pope like this one.”
Shane Smith, founder of Vice Media: “The pope because he is probably the most dynamic political, religious, cultural figure the world has seen in the past 50 years.”
Megan Lieberman, editor of Yahoo! News Group: “And all U.S. news organizations would love to get the pope. Everyone wants to talk to the rock-star pope.”
Some, admittedly, wanted to split their pick: “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose said he would request the pope and Jack Nicholson, while “60 Minutes” producer Jeff Fager would go with the pope and Vladimir Putin. Presumably not at once.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough went with: “As always, Paul McCartney. Everybody else is a distant second. If he’s not available, I guess the pope will do.”
Congratulations, Pope Francis — you have your pick of New York’s media elite!