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  1. kathleen says:

    In this last amazing photo of “the Three Popes”, (when Card. Bergoglio and Card. Ratzinger were still both cardinals of course) I think the future Pope Francis I looks older than the future Pope Benedict XVI !! Obviously those almost eight years of the papacy of our dear Pontiff Emeritus took their toll on his health and strength, ageing him prematurely.

    P.S. Yes, yes, I know….. Hopefully we’ll be getting our sidebar updated sooooooon!


  2. Frere Rabit says:

    He has taken the name Francis. Many people associate that name with a 13th century church “radical” and “revolutionary”. Those who take the trouble to read down beyond the popular legend and the layers of myth will know the name of Francis is solidly connected with support for doctrinal authority, ecclesial conservatism and above all respect for the priesthood. In a time when the priesthood has been undermined and its respect needs to be recovered, particularly in evangelising those outside the Church, a Pope called Francis is good news.


  3. Doctrinal orthodoxy, expressed through all the Sacraments conferred by orthodox and fervent Bishops and Priests who have the Faith and a true desire to save souls – that is what I ask this Pope to remember and speedily restore to the Church. Everything else will assuredly follow when God is worshipped as He wishes, as opposed to when we worship ourselves through an anthropocentric liturgy that is not only alien to the tradition of the Catholic Church but which is downright opposed to everything she has held and taught throughout the centuries. God bless us all and inspire Pope Francis to preserve and exalt Holy Mother Church.


  4. Donna says:

    I think the future Pope Francis I looks older than the future Pope Benedict XVI in that picture because he’s had health problems all of his life. I understand he’s only had one lung since he was a teenager. Pray for his health!


  5. JabbaPapa says:

    There are some suggestions that the “three popes” image may be a photoshop — it’s quite possible.

    These ones, however, are NOT :

    On the way home from the Conclave :

    Paying the Papal Hotel Bill :


  6. kathleen says:

    Frere Rabit @ 19:17 yesterday

    Yes. This is what Fr. Z has to say about St. Francis Assisi today:

    First, if you have the notion that Francis was bunny-hugging, pastel-toned image on a holy card or garden statuette, with little birdies sitting on his arms. Think again. Francis had his tender side, but he was as hard as nails. This is, after all, the guy who went to face down a Sultan when things between Christians and Islam weren’t exactly cordial.”

    In the same article Fr. Z quotes from St. Francis’ writings on his reverence for the Holy Eucharist (thus dispelling another unfounded myth about Francis’ supposed liberal attitude towards the liturgy!)

    I beg you more than if it were a question of myself that, when it is becoming and you will deem it convenient, you humbly beseech the clerics to venerate above all the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Name and written words which sanctify the body. They ought to hold the chalices, corporals, ornaments of the altar, and all that pertain to the Sacrifice as precious. And if the most holy Body of the Lord is left very poorly in any place, let It be moved by them to a precious place, according to the command of the Church and let It be carried with great veneration and administered to others with discretion. The Names also and written words of the Lord, In whatever unclean place they may be found, let them be collected, and then they must be put in a proper place. And in every time you preach, admonish the people about penance and that no one can be saved except he that receives the most holy Body and Blood of the Lord. And whenever It is being sacrificed by the priest on the altar and It is being carried to any place, let all the people give praise, honor, and glory to the Lord God Living and True on their bended knees. And let His praise be announced and preached to all peoples so that at every hour and when the bells are rung praise and thanks shall always be given to the Almighty God by all the people through the whole earth.”


  7. MGM says:

    It is cardinal James Knox.


  8. golden chersonnese says:

    I really don’t think it is the Australian Ex-Cardinal, James Knox, who I met personally in 1974 when he was Archbishop of Melbourne just before heading off to the Curia in 1974.


  9. toad says:

    The question is.. Which one is “Moe”?
    And wasn’t there one called “Zeppo”?


  10. kathleen says:

    I agree Golden, after doing a Google search for other pics of him, I don’t think it is Card James Knox. But nor does it really look like Card. Edouard Gagnon either, as Zwyng says! And I’ve come to realise that the cardinal in the picture is far too old (when the photo was taken) to be the former Card. Bergoglio.

    So who is it?? Curiouser and curiouser…… 😉


  11. Zwyng says:

    Here another photo of Gagnon: he seems older here, but it looks like the one 😉 :


  12. Frere Rabit says:

    I’m sure the photo shows Cardinal Nosferatu of Transylvania. Just count the cassock buttons and you can’t go wrong.


  13. Zwyng says:

    Frere Rabit, just like you I’ve counted and the buttons match! But you forgot the glasses. It’s not him. 😉


  14. Frere Rabit says:

    A report from a reliable Argentinian black propaganda blog says that the franchise holder of the Specsavers opticians in Transylvania claims Cardinal Nosferatu was most unhappy with his contact lenses and went back to wearing glasses before becoming… wait for it… Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, where he stopped everyone saying Mass of any kind and encouraged people to attend the Mormon church. (Just watch those people on Rorate pick this one up and run with it.)


  15. MGM says:

    It is not Gagnon; his chin is not as square. Definitely, Knox; the chin, mouth, and eyes give it away.
    1974 was loong time ago : )


  16. golden chersonnese says:

    Ex-Cardinal Dadaglio.

    Ex-Cardinal Knox.


  17. golden chersonnese says:

    Dear CP&S, I am, I hope, never one to blow my own horn, but it would appear that the mystery cardinal in the picture above was “outed” on CP&S a good 8 hours before it was done on a certain other blog on a British newspaper written by a well-known Catholic aesthete with a Ph.D. In fact, the cardinal was “outed”, that is to say “identified”, on CP&S even before the renowned aesthete wrote and published his blog about the photo and the “mysterious” cardinal.

    Just remember, you saw it first on CP&S!


  18. teresa says:

    Well done, Golden!

    It was I who posted the picture, after having seen it circulating around the world. Even though it was not Pope Francis, and as we had a nice discussion here so I would leave the post just it was, the comment thread is then a good addition which reveals the ultimate truth.


  19. golden chersonnese says:

    Ah hah, teresa!

    Interesting too is that Cardinal Dadaglio was actually Piedmontese, like the family of Pope Francis. There might be such a thing as a “Piedmontese look”.

    Also, Cardinal Dadaglio and Cardinal Knox did more than just cross paths. They both had long diplomatic careers and when he was still an archbishop, Cardinal Dadaglio served as secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments of which Cardinal was prefect. The then Archbishop Dadaglio had the job that Bishop Roche, formerly of Leeds, has now in the Vatican.


  20. golden chersonnese says:

    “. . . of which Cardinal Knox was prefect”, should be. Ugh.


  21. Frere Rabit says:

    Golden, there is indeed such a thing as a “Piedmontese look”. In the dockside bars of Genoa if a stranger enters and gives someone a “Piedmontese look” it is guaranteed to start a fight immediately.

    (Apologies to “Call My Bluff”.)


  22. golden chersonnese says:

    Yes, I can see why , Frere Rabit.

    A Tuscan look would be safer.


  23. toad says:

    There are bars in Tuscany where the entrance of anyone is guaranteed to start a fight immediately.


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