The Holy Father appears to be disconcerted
as President Morales presented a replica
of a crucifix originally carved by Fr. Espinal.
“No está bien eso” ¡Caramba! “Eso no lo sabía”
I'm not sure what the Holy Father said, yet both accounts seem fine to me, and I wouldn't be surprised if he said each. "This is not right" - as well as the, "I did not know that" - emulating Johnny Carson.
So anyway - I was touched, learning that Jesuit Fr. Luis Espinal Camps carved the original image. My first impression was what St. Paul wrote in Galatians: "The world is crucified to me, and I to the world." On that level, the primitive iconography strikes me as deeply meaningful, especially considering how many martyrs there were as a result of atheistic Marxist-Communism. Thus the corpus on the hammer, above a down turned sickle - but that is my personal interpretation of the image. I do not know much about Fr. Luis Espinal, but I know the Holy Father stopped to pray at the site of his assassination, and that was very touching.
As a North American of European ancestry, I'm not as familiar as I should be regarding Latin American politics and the plight of native peoples, I know there is a history of much social injustice in these countries, perpetrated by various ideological powers. The Holy Father is not an ideologue, to be sure. The purpose of his visit is apostolic, as he stated when he arrived in Bolivia:
“As a guest and a pilgrim, I have come to confirm the faith of those who believe in the Risen Christ, so that, during our pilgrimage on earth, we believers may be witnesses of his love, leaven for a better world and co-operators in the building of a more just and fraternal society.” - VRYesterday I had a conversation with a priest friend in his 60's. He mentioned that several of his colleagues are not all that supportive of the Holy Father - especially regarding the encyclical on the the ecology, and I'm gathering, his critique of the international economy. I suggested that as an Argentine South American, the Holy Father certainly understands a lot more than we do regarding these issues which have at one time or another, more or less destabilized South American economies and politics over the last few decades. He is well acquainted with the environmental threats to the rain forest, and the seas, as well as the economic disparity between the classes in some areas of Central and South America. Whatever - I'm not at all disturbed by the Holy Father's diplomacy and conduct.
Here's one for Larry and Badger:
"Luis, you got some splainin' to do."
(Not to me though, padre.)
Song for this post here.