December 20, 2014
Pope Francis challenges 'wall' of security protocol
Pope Francis granted an interview to the “La Vanguardia” newspaper, the first ever to a Spanish daily. Reaffirming his criticism of the current economic system that worships the “God of Money” that “discards” men and women,” the head of the Roman Catholic Church acknowledged he runs risks by breaking the Vatican’s security protocol but stressed he “can not tell people he loves them from inside a sardine can, even if it is made of crystal.”
One day after he hosted a peace plea along with Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the Vatican, the pontiff talked to La Vanguardia’s reporter Henrique Cymerman.
“It is a contradiction. Violence in the name of God does not fit our time. It is something old. From a historic perspective, it has to be said that Christians practiced it. When I think about the Thirty Years’ War, that was violence in the name of God. That is unthinkable today, right? We reach some very serious contradictions through religion. Fundamentalism, for instance,” the Argentine leader said and played down the “revolutionary” title "many" – the journalist says in the interview -, have given him since he was appointed to head the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. “To my the great revolution is going back to the roots, recognize them and see what those roots have to say today.”
“You have broken a lot of protocols of security to approach people,” Mr. Cymerman told the pope prompting Francis’ acknowledgement that his unorthodox style could put him to face some “risks.”
“I know that something can happen to me but that is in God’s hands. I remember that in Brazil they have arranged for me a close popemobile, with glass; but I can not greet people and tell them I love them from inside a can of sardines, even it it’s made of crystal. That is a wall to me. It is true that something could happen to me, but let’s be real, at my age I don’t have much to lose,” the 77-year-old religious leader responded and moved on to reinforce his condemnation of the current world order.
“When you see pictures of undernourished children in several parts of the world, you get shocked, you can not understand it. I think we are in a global economic system that is not good. In the center of every economic system there must be men; men and women and all the rest must be at the service of that men. But we have put money in the center instead, the Money God,” Jorge Mario Bergoglio – now Pope Francis -, affirmed.
“Now it is usual to discard youngsters with unemployment. Someone told me that 75 million European youngsters under their 25 are unemployed. That is barbarity. We discard a whole generation to keep an economic system that can no longer be born; a system that to survive must do war just like big empires have always done. As they can not make the World War Three, then there are zonal wars. What does this mean? That arms are produced and sold and with that the balances of big global economies that sacrifice men to money, heal.”
A good guy
The interview to the pope was published today by the Spanish newspaper both on its online and printed versions. “I have not though about it,” Francis told Henrique Cymerman when the reporter asked him how he would prefer to be remembered.
“I like it when you remember someone and say ‘he was a good guy, he did what he could, he was not that bad’. That would work for me.”