Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Image makeover?

~via Canterbury Tales
Now Zeffirelli has some ideas for the Vicar of Christ whom he claims does not have "a happy image".

"Coming after a media-savvy pope like John Paul II is a difficult task ... Benedict XVI still communicates coldly, in a way that is not suited with what is happening around him," Zeffirelli said.

"It's an issue I have been discussing with people who have key roles in the Vatican," said Zeffirelli, who has directed some Vatican television events.

"The Pope does not smile much, but he is an intellectual. He has a very rigid Bavarian structure," he said.

Zeffirelli, 84, added that papal robes were "too sumptuous and flashy." "What is needed is the simplicity and sobriety seen in the other echelons of the Church," he said.

Read it all from Reuters.
Hey, Zeff, the only image the Pope needs to project is the one of Christ.


Dan said...

Yes indeedy.
Christ is the image that our Holy Father takes on.
Mr Zefferelli like's to spout his own version of Catholicism.
He once condemned that great Meditatative film:"The Passion of the Christ", as being,"to realistic".
I suppose his version of Christs Passion in his film, "Jesus of Nazareth" was properly sanitized so as not to give the wrong "image" of just how much our dear and Sacred Lord suffered out of love for us.
Mr Zefferelli should leave Catholicism to Catholics.
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Z. is a horse's ass.

Anonymous said...

No, Benedict isn't John Paul the Great, nor is he John XXIII.
He is the Vicar of Christ on Earth, with a lot of weight on his aging shoulders.
I don't like the crack about Bavarians, either.

Anonymous said...

Zefferelli, I hear, might prefer a younger, more handsome Pope...