I am firmly convinced of something I picked up years ago from a radio talk show chap from in native place.
Joe Soucheray – whose shtick was the viscerally common-sensical “Garage Logic” – used to offer that every newspaper ought to have an official “Guy”. The Guy would sit in a comfortable chair, perhaps with a cooler of drinks close at hand, at the end of the chute where the papers came out of the press ready for distribution. The Guy would look at the paper and anything that he dinged would have to be redone. This was a basic, rather easy way to keep really stupid, knuckle-head mistakes and gaffs out of the paper before it went to everyone’s doorstep.
I have firmly maintained that every entity in the Church should have a “Guy” who looks at stuff before it goes to the public. Some down to earth fellow who easily picks up on what will be obvious to the world, but not obvious the the pencil-necked bubble-dwellers who come up streams with stuff to promulgate.
For example, I remember pounding my head on the desk when the Latin incipit – hence title – of what turned out to be an infamously controversial document, Amoris laetitia, was released. “What were they thinking?!?”, I gasped. “AT LEAST” – I begged my friend in the Press Office – “release the whole first sentence! Do you really want people to think that Francis’ next offering is to be called ‘The joy of sex’?”
That’s one of many possibilities for Amoris laetitia, and a benign one at that. After all, given the über-creepiness that eminated from ghost writer Víctor Manuel Fernández, who could guess at what that incipit promised?
I see in a story at the heavily liberal-biased Religion News Service that people are upset about the incipit – hence, title – of Francis’ projected encyclical. It is supposed to be about “the economic, environmental and spiritual change that is necessary to address today’s modern challenges”. Boy, I can hardly wait! People are upset about the incipit which is to be
Already the bickering has begun, as people wonder what the impact will be.. given we don’t have an context in a sentence for those two words.
Will this be SEXIST???, they fret?
I, who cannot summon an ounce of energy to give a damn whether it’s exclusive or inclusive, am merely a guy who speaks more than one language, including Italian.
To my ear Fratelli tutti just sounds ridiculous.
Who thought it would be a good idea to have a papal document called Fratelli tutti?