#PopeFrancis: "We will be with the Lord forever." Repeat with me, three times.This isn't the first time the Holy Father has done something like this with the crowds at the audiences or even at the Angelus addresses. Each time he does so, people - both in the Square and back in the USA - seem to think it is a great and pastoral idea.
— Catholic News Svc (@CatholicNewsSvc) October 15, 2014
It may well be, but can you imagine if your pastor asked the congregation to do the same on Sunday? If your pastor asked to repeat after him - three times - "We will be with the Lord forever" (or any other phrase from the Sacred Scriptures), how different would the response be?
I can already see the eyes rolling (I've concelebrated and attended Masses when priests have done this). In their own parishes people think such an approach is childish and condescending (and I tend to agree with this assessment), but when the Pope does it, it's fantastic. Why is there this difference?
I do not know.