Sunday, 13 July 2008

Pope arrives in Sydney

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with the Pope as he arrived in Sydney....pictures from the Daily Telegraph.

The introduction line...



The SMH's photo:



Well the Pope, complete with his 'famous cool red loafers' (as the SBS commentator told us) is now on holiday at the Opus Dei retreat house in Sydney (can't imagine that is exactly a resort locale packed with creature comforts!).

I've developed papal fever (must have been something in the Sydney air), so don't expect too much blogging on other topics over the next week or so.

And I've started by watching the arrival on SBS (you can see the video and get their schedule here). The picture though is from the SMH (I'd like to boycott them but they are fastest off the mark at getting things online!).

Watching it on the tellie was apparently the right strategy, as few if any of the thousand odd people waiting even caught a glimpse of him - apparently some even resorted to asking the film crews if they could take a peek at their footage!

SBS oh dear....

I'd have to say the official broadcaster, SBS, hasn't covered itself in glory with its initial efforts.

To my absolute horror the co-commentator for the broadcast (I'm hoping he isn't a regular fixture for the whole week...) was ex-priest Paul Collins (who left the priesthood rather than submit to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith on some of his writings on the papacy).

In fairness, he wasn't doing too badly until the presenter asked him about the grant of indulgences for WYD. But then he was off and running... Really, orthodox catholics (and preferably traditionalists in particular) urgently need to find a media savvy person to set themselves up as a 'catholic expert' (there must be someone who enjoys this kind of thing!) and move in on this territory, the damage this guy does is enormous.

Anyway, the arrival itself was very low key. Following the (in my view reprehensible) Howard model, not the Governor-General (our Head of State), but our (Prime Minister) Kev, assisted by nominally Catholic NSW Premier Morris Iemma (well, Premier today at any rate..) did the greeting, looking on rather bemusedly as assorted prelates kissed the Pope's ring (and even genuflected!!).

The somewhat inane commentary suggested that as Kev is religiously inclined (even if he is an Anglican) he would surely be truly thrilled at all this, and maybe he is (he likes movie stars after all). But what they didn't mention is that Mr Rudd is actually an ex-catholic...

The really cool bit though was seeing how they do the flags on the papal aircraft thing - they actually open the windows in the plane's cockpit! Somehow, you never think of aircraft windows something you'd want able to have able to be opened...

More soon.....

3 comments:

Felix said...

Friends have rapped me over the knuckles for referring to Mr Rudd as an apostate Catholic.

Their point was that, although he walks, talks and acts like an Anglican, he's never formally apostasised.

But the central thing is that he's a politician and wants to be associated with any popular event that's going. Popes, Olympics, all is grist to a PM's mill ...

Terra said...

You are correct Felix, I have corrected it - I looked it up and to aspotasize is technically to reject Christianity altogether.

And I have read some typically politician-esq words about how he has never quite formally left the Church. On the other hand he 'married' in an Anglican Church, one assumes without a dispensation, so if he hasn't formally renounced his faith, then he isn't truly married. He regualrly attends an Anglican service instead of Mass. And I could go on...

Santiago Chiva de Agustín said...

Young people know their limitations and contradictions, but when they come to listen during their holidays to an old man of 81 years that probably has not a special charisma, but they are persuaded by his insight, rigor and clarity. And young people want answers. So they are delighted that someone intends to improve them, someone who makes them want to be better people.

Regards

Santiago Chiva (Granada, Spain)
http://opinionciudadano.blogspot.com/