Over at Rorate (they’ve done some good work lately) there is a sardonic call to have Commandant de Falco of the Italian Coast Guard at Livorno made a bishop. You might have heard about the recorded phone call during which Commandant de Falco repeatedly instructs the captain of the damaged and sinking cruise ship to return to the ship, to go on board, and to help them while reporting the situation and their needs. The captain of the cruise ship, Schettino, is – to put it mildly – reticent.
I understand that Schettino drove the ship on the rocks by going off course and towards the coast because he wanted to blow the ships horn to get a friend’s attention.
I think it worked.
Rorate draws an analogy using the image of the Barque of Peter, the trouble Holy Church is in, and the sort of leadership/shepherds we need: the De Falco model or the Schettino model.
Keeping in mind that Holy Church is NOT a CRUISE SHIP!
Watch this well-done video (which has some strong language, as you could imagine), in Italian with English subtitles, which is a recording of the phone call between De Falco of the Coast Guard and Schettino of the cruise ship.
Everybody sing! “Ask any mermaid, you happen to seeee….”
In a way, this who thing calls to mind my experience of the Church in Italy… Italy in general, actually. The image of the ship on its side in the water, teetering on the edge of an underwater cliff, is apt.
I know quite a few Italians of the De Falco model, and wayyyyy too many of the Schettino type … and most of them wear Roman collars.
Finally, Holy Church is NOT a CRUISE SHIP, but the analogy is still pretty apt.