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Writing 121, Group 20
2 May 2013
Be Not Afraid of Goodness
While hearing some talks by Cardinal Mario Bergoglio during the previous week of the Pope’s election, it was mention the word “coprophilia” as a common reaction by people in front of certain information. This was an answer made to, an Italian Online Newspaper, about the sensationalist journalism that often publishes scandals about the Catholic Church (qtd. in Tornielli n. pag.). He explained that this kind of journalism is a result of a sickness called coprophilia, something that most of journalists are in danger to get and by them, people in danger to commit “coprophagy”, a common sin that marks all women and men (qtd. in Tornielli n. pag.). After a week, this Cardinal was elected as the new Pope of the Catholic Church. In the moment I heard about him, I run to find those words’ meaning. I discovered that Merriam-Webster Online defines “coprophilia” as “marked interest in excrement” (n. pag.) and coprophagy as “eating of feces that is normal behavior among many animals” (n. pag.). Therefore, I started to think about the meaning of those words in context of Cardinal Bergoglio’s answer, now Holy Father Pope Francis. What did he mean about people sick of coprophilia and committing coprophagy when we talk about the scandals of the Catholic Church? Fortunately, the bomb of news about the new Pope’s election and people’s perceptions and comments about him as man and Catholic leader answered my questions. He meant that coprophilia is the people’s tendency – and journalists, as main source of information – to look for the worst part of something in a morbid way, placing the good aside; that makes people – receptors – to commit coprophagy by consuming that negative perspective. Once the Holy Father Pope Francis gave his first words to his people, most of Catholics realized that he was a very humble man who just asks us to pray for him and for each other. In his Homily for inaugural...