martedì 22 novembre 2016
Il gesuita Padre Antonio Spadaro, "portavoce" non ufficiale di Papa Francesco, su Twitter ha paragonato i 4 cardinali che hanno scritto una lettera di richiesta di chiarimenti al Santo Padre a Gríma Vermilinguo (un personaggio di Arda, l'universo immaginario fantasy creato dallo scrittore inglese Tolkien e uno dei personaggi del famoso romanzo Il Signore degli Anelli). Per la cronaca Vermilinguo è un soprannome assegnatogli dal personaggio Gandalf perchè, da consigliere di Re Théoden di Rohan era ritenuto, in realtà, esecutore degli ordini impartitigli da Saruman. Etimologicamente "Grima" deriva dall'antico inglese o islandese e può significare "maschera", "casco" o "fantasma", ma il nome potrebbe avere anche qualche collegamento con la parola inglese "grim", che, tra le tante traduzione, può significare "brutto". Il cognome "Vermilinguo" è invece la traduzione dell'inglese "Wormtongue", formato dalla parole "worm" (verme) e "tongue" (lingua).
Secondo quest'ultima accezione, dunque, Padre Spadaro avrebbe considerato i 4 cardinali come "delle lingue di vermi"...
Di seguito l'articolo in inglese che affronta l'argomento.
A Jesuit priest often described as Pope Francis' "mouthpiece" has deleted a tweet in which he appeared to compare cardinals of the Church to the character Wormtongue from the Lord of the Rings.
Fr. Antonio Spadaro's tweet came amidst a stream of posts criticizing four cardinals for raising concerns about the Pope’s confusion-plagued exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
Spadaro began criticizing those who “don't like what they hear” in a series of more than a dozen tweets beginning Monday Nov. 14, the same day the cardinals’ went public with their letter asking Francis to answer five "yes or no" questions (Dubia) to clarify what they called “uncertainty, confusion, and disorientation” in the Exhortation.
Follow#AmorisLaetitia: The Pope has "clarified". Those who don't like what they hear pretend not to hear it! Just read... http://www.periodistadigital.com/documentos/2016/09/10/Amoris%20-%20PAPA.pdf …5:05 AM - 15 Nov 2016
The following day, Spadaro ramped up his criticism, calling the Pope’s exhortation an “act of the Magisterium,” a point largely contested by Cardinal Burke, one of the signers of the “Dubia.” Spadaro stated that those who find the exhortation problematic should stop asking the “same question until you get the answer *you* want.”
Only hours later that same day Spadaro tweeted a screenshot from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy where the hero Gandalf confronts the traitor Wormtongue for poisoning the King’s ear to accept the reign of evil. In the screenshot, Spadaro included the subtitle of Gandalf stating, in reference to the traitor, that he refuses “to bandy crooked words with a witless worm.”
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Twitter users apparently had no trouble understanding the meaning behind the post, with some even wondering if Spadaro’s account had been hacked.
Mechagodzilla79 @Mechagodzilla75@antoniospadaro Am I actually seeing tweets of English-subtitled "The Two Towers" being posted to attack 4 Cardinals of the Catholic Church?
It was shortly after this that Spadaro deleted the tweet, but not before it was retweeted and later captured and preserved by others.
Catholic bloggers, faithful to the teaching of the Catholic Church, did not fail to see the irony in Spadaro’s tweet.
“Yes, one of the Pope's closest allies wants you to think that those who supported the ‘Dubia’ are akin to the traitorous spies of Saruman. And Pope Francis is Gandalf… Maybe Spadaro took down his tweet because the irony was too rich even for him,” wrote one blogger.
The exhortation continues to be a hotbed of controversy since its publication in April. It has been criticized for its ambiguity on the issues of the indissolubility of marriage and whether couples in adulterous relationships can receive Holy Communion.
Sources in Rome close to the Pope say he is “not happy at all” and is "boiling with rage" over the Cardinals raising their concerns about his exhortation.
Spadaro tweeted today that he “laughs” at such a suggestion. He wrote off the Cardinals’ Dubia as a matter of “ecclesiastical quarrels.”
When I read that someone wrote that #PopeFrancis gets "furious" because of ecclesiastical quarrels I laugh! Other topics make him "furious"!
Earlier this week Francis took the unprecedented step of canceling a scheduled meeting with the world's cardinals that was to take place during this weekend's consistory, in which they were to discuss important issues facing the Church.