Thursday, February 6, 2014
KIKO CATECHIZES THE POPE. AMAZING!
I had read about this, but it wasn't until I watched it that, well, I don't have the words....other than to say "amazing!"
At the meeting with the Neocatechumenal Way on February 1, instead of turning the podium over to the pope when he arrives, Kiko makes him sit for another 20 minutes while he schools the pope in front of the whole world on the Neocatechumenal Way. The pope's expressions and body language during his "schooling" show alarm and amazement.
Pope Francis enters Paul VI hall at 46:16. After waving to the crowds and greeting some of the people on the stage, he sits through an opening song led by Kiko. At 50:50 the pope gets up from his chair, expecting to deliver his address.
It's a funny moment, Kiko sees the pope stand and hastily jerks between the podium and the pope and lets him know that it is not his turn yet. The pope sits back down. Kiko goes on for another ten minutes, essentially leading a rally, first getting a round of applause for each friendly cardinal in attendance and then introducing the NCW members who are going on mission.
Everybody claps and waves and the camera catches people in the crowd, especially children, waving their Kiko crucifixes at the camera. (Note: I don't know about you but I was brought up to reverence the crucifix. If I had dared to wave it around like a flag at a football game as these people have taught their children to do, I would have been slapped.)
At 1:01:33, the introductions end and the pope appears to believe that it is now his turn. Ah but not yet. Kiko motions to the pope to stay seated, then jerkily runs across the stage and moves a big banner showing a diagram of the stages of the Neocatechumenal Way towards the pope so he can see it.
Kiko then turns to the pope and lectures him for the next ten minutes!
The pope's body language is one of incredulity. See for yourself. Of course the Neos will not see it this way, but anybody else, even one who knows nothing about what is going on, will see that something is clearly amiss. The pope, the supreme leader of the Church of Christ on earth, is made to sit through a lecture by this layman, not only in front of the 8000 people in the hall, but in front of the whole world watching online and on television.
As Kiko gets increasingly rabid in his presentation trying to get a sign of approval from the pope - which the pope does not give him, the pope leans forward in his chair and looks at Kiko as if to say "enough", or maybe even "What the hell?"
Kiko goes on, shouting and waving, Hugo Chavez stlyle, and finally at 1:09:29, nearly 25 minutes after the pope had entered the hall, Kiko shuts up. But we're not done. The arch-Neo priest, Mario Pezzi now has to lead us in a Kiko-song and finally at 1:12:50, the pope gets the microphone.
The crowd goes wild upon hearing the pope's words thanking them for their ministry, but then falls silent as he gets into his real message: the primacy of church unity. There is a smattering of polite applause when the pope stops for effect. The camera pans the crowd and most are not clapping. The pope speaks on. Incredibly, the camera captures two priests (or seminarians), turning towards the camera, smiling and waving, while the pope is speaking. Really?
As the pope goes on, the camera captures some quite serious expressions in the crowd. This is not what they were expecting to hear. There is no mistaking the cloud that has descended upon the hall. The pope finishes speaking at 1:21:45, half the time it took to get through the Kiko-show.
Of course, Kiko knew that the pope didn't need a lecture about the Neocatechumenal Way. Kiko knew that no one in that hall needed a lecture on the Neocatechumenal Way. Kiko used the presence of the pope to lecture the world about the Neocatechumenal Way, and for the purposes of creating a recording he could later use. The pope was only a prop for the Kiko-show. And the pope knew it.
As we've said many times on this blog, and as evidenced by themselves, the Neos themselves provide the best evidence for everything the rest of us have come to believe about the Neocatechumenal Way. And here, Kiko does the best job of all. In the presence of Pope Francis, he turns into the pathetic little man that he pretends to be.
Hmmm. At first I couldn't think of a word before to describe this horrid display of ego. But it just came to me: Faustian.