Excerpt from post #1 link to Weigel’s story:
Pope Francis is no “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” romantic. As an experienced pastor and a man of keen intelligence, he knows that reality-contact is as important for societies as it is for personal mental health. He’ll make the case in a different way than Benedict XVI.
But you can count on this pontificate to challenge the dictatorship of relativism in the name of authentic humanism.
I’m still not sure what Weigel means by bringing in “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” (a beautifully crafted movie by Zefirelli about St. Francis from the early 1970’s). But the last sentence in that paragraph (I made it a separate paragraph to pop it out, and bolded and italicized a key phrase) seems to point less toward Pope Francis replacing Pope Benedict – as taking the baton from him in the relay race.
Re: “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” I enthusiastically asked a Franciscan how he liked it at the time it came out. He remarked on its good points but complained that the Francis of the film was a lot more “soft” than he saw him (as a courageous, bold man with zeal as well as just sweetness).
I didn’t ask him, but the 1961 film “Francis of Assisi” with Bradford Dillman playing Francis and (soon to be SISTER) Dolores Hart playing St. Clare – may have been more to his liking as Francis himself is stronger (in that version his solo ministry of evangelizing the Moslem army is recounted).
Pope Francis seems to be quite down to earth and with a spirit of service that trumps the virtue of organizational leadership. That’s always a good order of priorities. Like Jesus had. And HE did both well too.