Auto-Referential Francis: New Record In Self-Citations

The blogger Sharon Kabel analysed Francis’ most recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti regarding its quotations and their length.

The result: 60% of the 288 quotations - nearly 180 - are taken from previous Francis statements followed with a large distance by quotations from Benedict XVI and John Paul II, each with about only twenty quotations.

It may come in Francis' defence that the encyclical was likely not written by him, but by some of his flatterers.

Ironically, a recurring Francis mantra is his warning against an "auto-referential Church."


Pope Francis, quoting himself in Fratelli Tutti vs Pope Leo XIII in Rerum Novarum, 15.
Sure is Francis in here. Except of course, when the Church owns private property and charges rent on it. ;-)
Gesù è con noi
John 5:43
I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.
Gesù è con noi
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.
“What is now happening, and drawing us into a perverse and barren way of thinking, is the reduction of ethics and politics to physics.” —Pope Francis, Fratelli tutti
Arthur McGowan
So many words, so much meaninglessness.