"Vatican-watchers scour the homilies for clues of impending policy moves." John Allen
Reminds me of: "The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Jesus closely."
The observers ask: What did the Pope really say?
Why does he need an interpreter? Why does he need someone to write an essay explaining what he meant? Why are the wise and the learned - the clever - so confused? How is it the simple understand what the Holy Father says in his daily homilies? Homilies that are obviously the fruit of prayer - not off the cuff improvisation?
More and more, Vatican spin doctors probably have to be added to the list of aides at risk of heart attacks over the perils of an improvisational pope.
The homilies are pastoral in nature, often using homespun language to make his points. - John Allen, NCRAnd that is so difficult to grasp?
A priest friend told me of a Carmelite monastery of nuns who receive transcripts of the Pope's daily homilies. They eagerly look forward to his commentary. I think most ordinary people do.
Praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.