The pope is getting the “Cardinals” treatment in the press, according to some in the Church hierarchy.
The Vatican newspaper Vatican City News quoted Cardinal Paul Vianney, the Vatican’s top official in charge of internal affairs, as saying that the pope’s role was “very important.”
Viannelly also cited Pope Francis’ recent statement that the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church has “great significance in the world” and that he “believes that the role of the pope is more important than the title of the post.”
VIANNENEY: It’s important that he speaks more about the role he plays in the ministry.
He’s the head of the Holy See.
He is the leader of the Church.
We see that very clearly in his speeches.
We hear it in his conferences, in his letters, we see it in the Vatican offices.
The role of him in the church is important.
I would call him Cardinal, I would not call him the head, I’d call him Pope.
But the role is important in the life of the church.
It’s very important that people understand that the Pope is not a bishop, but he is the head.
That he is anointed by the pope.
That is the reason why I call him pope, not because he is a bishop.
Vianne is not the first to say the Pope has a greater role in the papate than other Church officials.
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI made headlines for saying the pope has more “role in the lives of the faithful” than all the heads of state of the world.
But in recent years, the Church’s hierarchy has been increasingly calling the Pope the “pope” in the past two decades, as well.
The first pope to do so was John Paul II, who used the title “Pontifex Maximus” to describe himself as the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church.
Since then, Pope Francis has been dubbed “the pope of the people” and the pope of laity, but in his early years he was called the “Popes son” and “Pontifical Nuncio.”
In 2012, Francis said in his first speech as pope, that the “office of pope is a ministry of mercy.”
This year, he also said he believes the papal office “is an indispensable part of the human condition.”
The Vatican says its media division is dedicated to reporting on and promoting the papacies achievements and mission, and the Vatican-affiliated news agency L’Osservatore Romano says it provides information to journalists, academics and others about the papates pontifical activities.
The pope, however, has made it clear that he doesn’t necessarily agree with all of that.
In a speech last week in St. Peter’s Square, Francis told the faithful in St Peter’s Basilica that he is not “a politician,” but rather a “pious teacher” who “lives for the people.”
He said: We must not allow the term pope to exclude us from this life, and we must never let it exclude us when we are called to do things that are necessary for the common good.
He said the word “popes” was “a terrible insult to our ancestors” and called the term “an artificial creation of the present century” because it “has the appearance of being based on the most ancient tradition, which is not to say it was born out of the most modern age.”