Unheard-of since the Papal States fell: Rome covered in posters critical of the Pope

Unheard-of since the Papal States fell: Rome covered in posters critical of the Pope


Posted by New Catholic at 2/04/2017

Rome woke up this Saturday with something quite new, and very old, in its streets: posters throughout the City (in the style of the old “pasquinate”) critical of the Pope.

In English, from the Romanesco-inspired Italian:

Ah Francis, you have intervened in Congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, ignored Cardinals… but where is your mercy?

These were common at the time of the Papal States (before the fall of Porta Pia and the full unification of Italy in 1870): not for religious reasons, but rather for political complaints, since the Popes were also the secular rulers of the Pontifical territories.

Since then, these public criticisms of Pontiffs mostly disappeared in the City, considering the new Italian authorities were now those responsible for the secular government of the old papal territories, and that the Pope remained responsible only for religious matters. They still show up all the time against Italian politicians.

But when, by common Roman consent, the most tyrannical Pontiff since the Renaissance, still has the gall of speaking under the name of mercy (!!!!), the humor of the Roman people does not remain silent when faced with this charade.

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One comment on “Unheard-of since the Papal States fell: Rome covered in posters critical of the Pope

  1. [By contrast]

    “Resta con noi”

    FEB 04, 2017 by HILARY WHITE


    Notable, perhaps, is the fact that when Benedict XVI resigned, the Romans put posters up around town saying, “Resta con noi”…

    “Stay with us.”

    It’s interesting to go back and look at what I was thinking on that day:

    Those who follow Vatican affairs are always acutely aware of the unfinished work, the hopes and needs of the Church and the world, and this anxiety is felt perhaps even more acutely now. We worry that Pope Benedict’s reform programme – the cleaning up of the “filth” of sexual misconduct in the episcopate and clergy, the removal of the plague of banalties and restoration of holy things to the altars, the clarification of long-vexed theological and disciplinary questions – will not be carried on, that the next pope will have different priorities.


    Update: The photo above, of course, were photos that the commune put up and they translate to “you will always be with us” – which is mostly a bit of official nonsense. “Resta con noi,” I remember now, is the song sung by a group of Catholics who gathered in the piazza a night or two before Benedict flew off to Castelgandolfo. It was a sentiment that was lying heavily over the city that week, and that was summarized pretty well by the many signs held by people who attended the last Angelus address of Benedict XVI.


    “You are Peter: remain!” A home-made sign held by the Roman branch of Militia Christi at the last Angelus address of Benedict XVI (my [Hilary White’s] pic)

    One huge factor in the Benedict pontificate that the mainstream media totally failed even to notice was how much the Catholic faithful – those few in the Church who were actually still believers – loved Benedict, and how wrenching his resignation was for so many. It should hardly be surprising that this has turned to bitterness to some degree.


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