- (Pat Marrin)
“Besides,” said Cardinal Farelli, “we don’t want to be seen together by anyone who might draw the wrong conclusions.”
The men looked disconsolate despite the sunny sky and balmy winter weather. A warm wind blew their broad fascia, which fluttered beside them like scarlet kite tails.
“Yes,” said Bergano, “the press is watching us closely for signs of rebellion against the Holy Father. We have to be careful.”
“Bergoglio has only been in office for nine months, and he has already undone most of the good work of the last two papacies,” Farelli sighed.
“He’s fostering a cult of personality with his spontaneous gestures and all this claptrap about the poor. And he’s far too intimate with the crowds, kissing babies and signing sweatshirts. The faithful are even discouraged from kissing his fisherman’s ring,” added Bergano.
“His offhand remarks to the press have been a disaster,” Bergano exclaimed. “L’Osservatore Romano has to correct half of what he says before it’s printed…….”