ENCYCLICAL! Let the wild rumpus start!


Wild Rumpus

When you deal with the press conference for an encyclical, normally you prepare yourself to hear quotes of Church documents and Fathers of the Church. Today I was quite surprised in the comments of His Excellency Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, President of “Cor Unum” to find a reference to Maurice Sendak…. yep… that Maurice Sendak, of Where The Wild Things Are fame:


Archbishop Cordes
reads to us

4. [Pope Benedict] knows know to take into account, in fact, that earthly means are not enough for men and women to satisfy their needs. As the author Maurice Sendak says: “In life, there is need of more than the most you can have” (It: “Nella vita, c’è bisogno di più del massimo.”)”

I think in English this is, “There must be more to life than having everything!” – which is from Higglety Pigglety Pop! : Or There Must Be More to Life The German title of the same sounds a bit more encyclic-like: “Higgelti Piggelti Pop. Es muß im Leben mehr als alles geben.

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