You Can Teach a New Pope Old Tricks

I like it when my Pope sounds Catholic.

Here are the Pope's remarks from his general audience today.

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we profess in faith that the Church is “Apostolic”. We can understand this in three ways. First, the Church is apostolic because Jesus founded her upon the Apostles whom he chose and sent forth to continue his work; thus Saint Paul compares the Church to a temple which has the Apostles as its foundation and Christ as its cornerstone (Eph 2:19-20). The Church is also apostolic because she preserves and hands down the fullness of Christ’s teaching and the means of salvation which he instituted. Finally the Church is apostolic because she accomplishes in history the mission which Christ entrusted to the Apostles: making disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them his commands (cf. Mt 28:19-20). May we come to appreciate and love the Church as the place where we encounter the Risen Lord, who sends us forth as his missionaries, inviting all whom we meet to know the truth of the Gospel, the joy of faith and the promise of eternal life proclaimed by the Apostles.

Text from page
of the Vatican Radio website

Now, what do you notice in the accompanying picture?

Yes. The Pope's remarks were prepared in advance. Excellent.

Seems you can teach a new Pope old tricks.



  1. I like my salsa hot, my beer cold and my Popes Catholic.

  2. Very interesting to see the actual prepared text. From the CNS Report, it looks like the Holy Father folded up the notes at some point and added off-the-cuff observations, such as: "A church closed in on itself and its past, a church concerned only with its little rules, customs and attitudes is a church that betrays its identity."

    The full report has all of the remarks not contained in the official transcript:


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