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Sir Elton John says Pope Francis is ‘a miracle of humility’

By on Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Sir Elton John performs in Shanghai (AP)

Sir Elton John performs in Shanghai (AP)

The Italian edition of Vanity Fair has named Pope Francis as its Man of the Year with the backing of singer Sir Elton John.

The magazine features Pope Francis on the cover of its new issue and says that Francis has done enough in his first 100 days as Pope to be put at the top of the list of world leaders who make history.

In an accompanying tribute, Sir Elton writes: “Francis is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity.”

He says he hopes that Pope Francis’s message would extend to communities who desperately need his love, including gay people and the children, women and men who live with HIV and Aids and are often alone and hidden by silence.

“[Pope Francis’s] beacon of hope will bring more light than any advancement of science, because no drug has the power of love,” Sir Elton said.

His support for the Pope will surprise some, considering his previous clashes with the Church, over issues such as gay marriage and contraception in Africa.

  • http://methodicanarchist.keepandshare.com/ Jim Englert

    Am I to give a fig for Steve not giving a fig? If not, why post? If so, why?

  • New Man

    I just know what he has said publicly………..does he say something different in private?

  • bluesuede

    Appreciation for Pope Francis is coming from some very unexpected people regularly.

    Liberal media, Muslim leadership, some previously unfriendly world leaders and a few celebrities, etc. They have been free with their praises, which is nice, but, what is more telling is, if they continue to praise him when he does not change Catholic teachings and even when the whole world hates him for what he stands for.

    Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a humble donkey, with praise and celebration from the people who wanted to make Him their King, the following week those same people said, “crucify Him”.

    Pop culture if fickle. It changes with the winds of fashion and whim of the moment. Who knows,? As long as Pope Francis confirms the teachings of Christ, that the world doesn’t like, tomorrow Francis may be vilified like Pope Benedict was and his humility will be quickly forgotten. To the truly humble, flattery means nothing.

    The Catholic Church has had some moments where it has become very popular overnight by the world’s standards and then condemned totally by the world on another day. That’s going to happen with the world, but, faithful Catholics stick with it come rain or shine, because they know that the core of our faith is Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

  • sarah

    This is very odd. Who owns Vanity Fair?

  • Mark

    There is always malice in your comments. A lot of sinners also praised Jesus Christ, therefore, Christ had to examine why and what he had been doing? Was the “praise” awful too?

    Elton John was referring to the humility part, speaking of which, the ‘traddies’ don’t have.

  • bluesuede

    We can’t judge someone’s soul or what’s in their hearts. Because Catholic’s have been persecuted, it tends to make us cautiously optimistic about the sudden praises from those who have not left their public sin.

  • Mark

    Let the one without sin cast the first stone. NO ONE (meaning good abiding catholic) agrees with Elton John’s lifestyle, the teaching is well pointed out already in all Catholic Teaching that homosexual act is a sin and the good Pope has been preaching that. Nobody is denying nor refusing this teaching.

    So are you saying that if one is a manifest sinner, he can not praise any good quality in the Church?

  • togold

    Should he not be stoned as prescribed in the law!

  • Mark

    Give some time to convert, its not an overnight thing. Just like God is so patient with you-a sinner.

  • Mark

    Does this ‘nu-Church’ teach humility and obedience? Bp. Williamson and Fr. Kelly are preeminent examples.

  • Mark

    God is working to save including the owner of Vanity Fair, nothing odd. Takes time, just as God is patient with you- a sinner too.

  • IntellectOne

    This is all a ‘Ruse’. The devil is very busy and much smarter than man, as though, the Pope would accept the homosexual lifestyle that, objectively disordered, Elton John is living.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    humility … speaking of which, the ‘traddies’ don’t have

    What an UTTERLY vile comment !!!

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    Let the one without sin cast the first stone > … < NO ONE agrees with Elton John's lifestyle

    Good old double standards !!!

  • zeal

    ” when he does not change Catholic teachings.” Please…..do your research. The last 5 Popes have dismantled the Catholic Church, its teachings, and its militants! Please educate yourself, your salvation depends on it.

  • Ziggy Ding Dong

    I’m from the ‘burbs, friend. Combine ‘arvesters are few and far between near my neck of the woods…

  • Zelda Terrahawk

    Pope Francis is not a ventriloquist’s dummy and he’s definitely not two-faced… like some!

  • Guest

    D’oh! Judgmental.

    “Someone, after all, did once remark upon the last being first — and the first, last.”

    Someone on this thread in fact.

  • Zelda Terrahawk

    As a practising Roman Catholic (not with a clocking card at the beginning and end of Holy Mass) , I am constantly challenged to change lifestyles, attitudes, perspectives, see the wider picture etc. and ‘tweak’ where necessary with the help of Holy Mass – the Liturgy, the Gospels, the Holy Eucharist, the Sacraments and Confession helps tremendously.
    Being a Catholic is neither easy nor is it a cakewalk. If it was, it would not be worth a look-in and Catholics – especially – would not be getting such nutty slack from unbelievers.
    I admit I don’t find it easy, I fall down and fall short, I’m not perfect. It’s our choice to accept and to change… a bit like the Serenity prayer.
    Was it easy for the Apostles, the martyrs and the saints? They had to go through difficulties and radical change – which is why we look up to them as friends and role models and ask for their intercession when we pray.
    It takes grace.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    Geddooooooorrrffff moy laaaaarrrrnnnnddd !!!!

  • http://methodicanarchist.keepandshare.com/ Jim Englert

    Thank you for your gracious reply. I did not mean to be cheeky. I seldom venture into these (virtually) Catholic virtual spaces because of the vituperative tone of the viewpoints expressed. And it is precisely the Serenity Prayer I held in mind as I posted to you, especially in its recent (and only semi-) humorous revision by the American Jesuit, James Martin: God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, which is more or less everyone / the courage to change the person I can, myself / and the wisdom to remember that Your Ways are not my ways.

  • zeal

    Ummmmmm……We can though, judge anothers actions. You will know them by their fruit. Use your common sense!

  • bluesuede

    Catholic teaching regarding homosexuality was my point.

    Thank you for your concern, but my salvation depends on the Mercy of Jesus Christ– not education.

  • bluesuede

    We can judge actions, only insofar as we know they are sinful or will lead to sin and loss of souls. We can condemn sinful actions. We can never say someone is going to hell for certain, but only that the sin they are responsible for, will lead them to hell if they don’t change. There is always a chance of redemption before they’re dead.

  • bluesuede

    ..

  • bluesuede

    Jesus is not a big, furry teddy bear. Tender love comes through sacrifice and self denial. Gut wrenching love sometimes, the kind that comes from Jesus who tells us to deny your very self, take up your cross daily and come and follow Me.

  • Ziggy Ding Dong

    Oil finish me scrumpy furst… then run loike blazes!

  • Zelda Terrahawk

    You are welcome…

    …and what a brilliant alternative Serenity prayer by James Martin.

    I’ve made a note of it. It’s brought a smile to my face.

  • Zelda Terrahawk

    Correct me if I’m wrong, Christopher, but was it Texas where the pro-choicers shouted out ”hail, Satan!” whilst the pro-lifers sang ”Amazing Grace”?
    There’s a lot of activity to do with abortion etc. appearing on the ‘net and the tv news.
    I do not wish to get my wires crossed.

  • Zelda Terrahawk

    Spot on, bluesuede!
    There’s a line in a hymn which goes something like ‘Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise.’
    Pope Francis appears to be the sort of person who doesn’t give a fruit loop about ”being popular” with whoever is on the Alphabet List of celebs etc. He recently demanded that a big model of him, which has been set up in the centre of Buenos Aires next to a statue of Our Lady of Lujan, be taken down forthwith.
    That’s not a bloke to be moved by flattery…

  • New Man

    which is it zelda the blood of christ and or what? Tell me what saves according to this pope?

  • Jon Brownridge

    You are obviously one of the “New Protestants”.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    Faith, Charity, and Hope ; not ideology.

  • mark

    Can’t deny the Truth, ditto.

  • mark

    Not a double standard, we are all sinners, we just need to be patient with another manifest sinner to convert, that’s the point.

  • zeal

    bluesuede-I assume you are Catholic. “my salvation depends on the Mercy of Jesus Christ– not education.” Once again, wrong. This is such a modern “christian” view of salvation, one of which Pope St. Puis X warned about. Salvation depends on action on your part, one of which being to KNOW, love, and serve God. To KNOW REQUIRES educating ourselves. It seems modern Catholics forget that there were actually popes BEFORE John XXIII.

  • zeal

    Your “Holy Mass” is illicit. Read Pope St. Puis V’s QOU PRIMUM..You are not going to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is no sacrifice at the novus ordo.

  • zeal

    I am not saying I can declare a soul in hell, only the true Church has that authority…But don’t forget. “There is NO salvation outside the Catholic Church”-This is CATHOLIC DOGMA in which you must truly believe and profess in order to stay within the bosom of the Church.
    This is a truth modernists seem to kind of forget.

  • Bob L

    I agree that the medium is the message, but I think that the MEDIA is making much more of the differences because they see only the surface. They never commented on the situations where Pope Benedict or Pope John Paul exhibited extreme humility, but because Pope Francis exhibits it differently they see a “change” in the Church. Obviously Sir Elton’s comments about Pope Francis extending his message to gay people and those with HIV is meant to imply that the Pope should accept their behavior and the contraceptive mentality. But the Pope’s message ALREADY extends to those groups, and all others! It is THEY who have to accept HIS message of the proper respect for and use of God’s gifts!

  • Marijo Heitman

    Beware when the world likes the Pope ! Is our Popes message of all inclusiveness a bit too broad?

  • New Man

    Someone should have told jesus not to waste his time on that cross.

  • http://methodicanarchist.keepandshare.com/ Jim Englert

    My perspective differs, but I, of course, could be wrong. My sense is that the moral message you indicate is something that Francis obviously holds, and will not change. But announcing and reannouncing that message doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of what he’s about. At the forefront is communication of divine mercy. Not announcement of the message about mercy, but communicating its reality. And that does, I think, constitute something of a shift. Time will tell.

    I do think your judgment of the media, though, is overly general, and forgetful of the generosity of attention given to John Paul in his first many years, and real fascination, at times touched with awe, with which he was ‘covered’ at the end. Big media doesn’t ‘play nice’ for long periods of time of course; it’s not in their nature. But it’s important to remember accurately.

  • http://methodicanarchist.keepandshare.com/ Jim Englert

    It needs be broad, indeed, does it not, to include you and me?

  • Sargon 777

    The Holy Bible declares those who have the blood of the passover lamb on the door of their hearts have imputed onto their accounts the faithfulness of Christ.
    The covenant of promise is the faithfulness of Christ, who is THE ISRAEL of God, this man Jesus of Nazereth became the covenant itself, that through him only, that souls can be saved.
    When God made a covenant with Abraham, Moses, Isaac, Jacob and Israel as a nation, they all failed to keep their side of the conditional covenant agreement by being continuously unfaithful to the LAW (TORAH).
    God could not rely on the faithfulness of man, because man by nature is unfaithful and so in order for the covenant of promise to hold and not fall through, He Had to take matters into His own Hands and so He came as a faithful man to the LAW (Torah) to sign, seal and deliver not only His devine side of the covenant agreement but also man’s side of the conditional covenant agreement. God extended himself as a man taking on the likeness of a man to fulfill the other half of the conditional covenant agreement.
    Therefore we are not saved by our worldly humbleness neither by our faithfulness but we are saved by the faithfulness of Christ.
    The SEAL OF GOD then becomes tied to the faithfulness of Christ, whilst the MARK OF THE BEAST becomes tied to the faithfulness of man, because it is received in the mind and accepted in the right hand, thereby signifying that it is authored by our fickle human efforts.
    The difference on one side is, that God the Holy Spirit declares that He justifies and sanctifies, whilst on the other side, the man beast system declares that man justifies and sanctifies.
    The moral of the story is this, either God is the author of salvation or man , hence take your pick to what the truth is.
    I testify that God is the author of justification and sanctification and that the church is just the vehicle, nothing more and nothing less.
    Are you confessing before man or God is the question that every prophysing Christian must ask himself/herself.
    This is not catholic vs protestant but it becomes a moral statement of faith and obligation of every prophysing Christian living on this mud ball called earth.

  • bluesuede

    Zeal, you assume correctly, I am a Catholic.
    I think we are on the same page, basically.
    I love tradition and truth and the Catholic Church. I abhor modernism in the Church that has led to what PP astutely puts it, “Sloth” seeping into the hearts of Catholics, especially clergy. If I were unaware of the teachings of the Church, I wouldn’t be talking with you here.

    The Mercy of Christ is all encompassing and all-permeating. Through His Mercy we have His life, death and resurrection, grace, sacraments, the saints and holy fathers of the Church, clergy and religious(who are supposed ) to help lead us on the path to salvation.

    The Baltimore Catechism I think, is the best in beginning a Catholic education along with good parental training, because it is basic truth for young and old. I think I have increased my learning a little, right here too.
    In the final analysis, work as if it all depended on us and pray as if it all depended on God.

  • bluesuede

    Well said.

  • bluesuede

    The Church has no “authority” to declare someone is in hell, only heaven. That is known to God alone for sure . God has allowed that certain knowledge about hell, how terrible it is and what suffering is endured there as a punishment for our sins, to keep us from going there. It’s been revealed in some apparitions for a good cause, like St. John Bosco, and many saints.

    Modernists tend to forget spirituality altogether.

  • Zelda Terrahawk

    The Pope is Christ’s Vicar on earth, the Successor of Saint Peter – to whom Christ said ‘Thou art Peter and upon this Rock I will build my church.’ and gave him the keys to the kingdom of Heaven.
    It’s in the New Testament. Look it up.

  • Zelda Terrahawk

    I was born at the time of Vatican II and grew up with the Novus Ordo as Holy Mass!
    I often heard my grandparents and parents talk about how beautiful the Latin Mass was and how they missed it.
    The recent introduction of the Extraordinary Form has certainly given me a spiritual rocket!
    I have to admit that the NO is a planet away from the reverence and beauty of the EF.
    I was brought up to believe that the NO was Holy Mass. That’s not my fault!
    As far as I know, I have NEVER deliberately missed Mass (except when I have been seriously ill) for to deliberately miss Mass is a mortal sin.
    In my post, I was illustrating that I do not have one face for the priest and another outside the Church.

  • Jac

    … I hope that Pope Francis doesn’t face any sort of backlash because people have misunderstanding his words or gestures. He’s the vicar of Christ and he’s not there to please people’s whims. He speaks for the Church. He’s humble, yes, but essentially he’s not any different from his predecessor(s).