Father Lombardi: Pope does not a need spin doctor

Father Lombardi: Pope does not a need spin doctor

[“Methinks the lady papal mouthpiece/spinmeister doth protest too much”]

Catholic World News – July 12, 2016

Pope Francis does not need a spin doctor, his outgoing spokesman told an Italian interviewer.

Father Federico Lombardi, who will step down in May from his post as director of the Vatican press office, told Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa: “The Pope does not even need interpreters.” When asked whether the Pontiff needs a “spin doctor,” he replied: “I think not, at least I have never had that attitude.” Father Lombardi denied that he worries about the consequences of the Pope’s frequent extemporaneous remarks, although he has often been called upon to clarify papal statements.

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3 comments on “Father Lombardi: Pope does not a need spin doctor

  1. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Pope Francis no longer needing a spin doctor…
    analyze using your usual superior Vulcan logic!

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. However, in the interests of ecumenical dialogue and multicultural diversity, we no longer speak of logic as being superior out of a concern not to appear to be excessively rigid or judgmental and to be accused of neo-Pelagian triumphalism.

    Batman: The term “spin doctor” is an interesting use of metaphor, Robin. Perhaps, as in our earlier discussions of rectitūdō and analuo in the foundations of Aristotelian and Thomistic natural law, some analysis of the classical etymology will require a return to Dead Western males.

    Robin: I’m still catching up with etymologies, Batman.

    Plato: If you think it’s necessary.

    Aristotle: Batman may be right.

    Professor Jaeger: I have no objections.

    Robin: Are you sure they still have a dictionary of classical etymology at the library, Batman?

    Batman: I do recall that doctor is derived from the Latin verb doceō ‎, docēre, docuī, doctum – to teach, instruct; tell, inform; show, demonstrate.

    Robin: That’s good to know, Batman!

  2. Batman: The future perfect, first person, plural of docēre is docuerimus.

    Professor Toynbee: In the pluperfect it’s docuerāmus. Quite a mouthful.

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: But the pluperfect subjunctive, first person, plural is docuissēmus. If you race through the conjugations too quickly, this can be tricky.

    Robin: We better get to the library fast, Batman!

    Batman: We can call ahead on the Batphone to alert the librarian to check on the availability of Latin dictionaries.

  3. Captain Kirk: My understanding is that rectitūdō, I>analuo, and docēre all involve classical etymologies leading back to Dead Western Males.
    So some knowledge of Latin and Aristotelian and Thomistic concepts are necessary for discussing and explaining these issues. Can we do that without falling into the Eurocentric microaggressions which might lead to accusations of neo-Pelagian triumphalism and excessive ultra-conservative rigidity?

    Spock: We’re still studying that dilemma, Captain. Chekov, Scotty, and Lieutenant Sulu are working on that right now in the ship’s computers. It may take some time….

    Reverend Neuhaus: That’s my opening. Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but while we’re sorting through these etymological issues surrounding docēre and the hermeneutics of the “spin doctor” metaphor, I would like to say something here about the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment, and Professor Charles Taylor’s secularization theories….

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