New Pope, New Baby Jesus
Please, Pope Francis...bring back the Baby Jesus with the Halo! He is the Lord, after all! I would suggest that if any pictures offered a neat summary of the continuity/contrast in the theology of the two Popes then this is the two. As goeth the Vestments, as goeth the Liturgy, so goeth the Lord Himself! Someone in the Vatican clearly wanted a 'more human' Jesus, One less divine. Whoever it was who asked for a 'more human' and 'less divine' Baby Jesus needs a stiff word in his ear.
Or maybe this is a 'PR Baby Jesus' dreamt up by someone in Pope Francis's PR team, who refuses gold out of 'humility' and 'simplicity'. I'm pretty sure it won't have been the Master of Ceremonies. So why, at Epiphany will we be recalling and commemorating the day upon which the wise men from the East fell to their knees to adore the King of Heaven and Earth, offering to the Child myrrh, frankincense and, wait for it...gold? Maybe that event was a parable and should be understood as such.
It seems like such a small thing, but it is often small things that convey quite well the divinity as well as the humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and down the centuries the Church has used these little things to show the two natures of Christ (God and Man) very well. I wonder where the more divine Baby Jesus statue is? Gathering dust somewhere in the Sacristy? I wonder if the Vatican forked out good money on a 'new' Baby Jesus that made them feel more 'comfortable' instead of using the perfectly good one they already had!? Whoever it was in the Vatican who decided that the Lord God, who made Himself totally vulnerable for us by coming as a Babe in Bethelehem, needed to 'drop' the Halo...
SHAME ON YOU!
Please, Your Holiness, bring back the Baby Jesus statue venerated under both Pope Benedict XVI and Blessed Pope John Paul II! In the name of all that is Holy, please take away the communist Christ and bring back the Lord Jesus!