Saturday, October 12, 2013

Another Episco-Cath love letter to Pope Francis

...This mega-trend would have seemed as irreversible as a sunset until a 76-year-old cardinal from Argentina was named leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in March. That the pope would take the name of Francis — the 12th-century mystic, nature lover and friend of the dispossessed — was the first shock. Since then, the seismic waves have just kept on rolling.

Pope Francis has shown himself to be a free spirit and a free thinker. He loves the music of Mozart, the paintings of Chagall, the films of Fellini. He tweets. He talks to atheists. He stays out of politics. He calls for the faithful to “mess up the church.” He doesn’t moralize or sermonize, and famously said, when asked about gays, “Who am I to judge?” Is this pope Catholic?

Francis has befuddled the guardians of dogma and medieval sexual doctrines who have long kept sunlight out of the Vatican. He is — gasp — a liberal. Or at the least, as he said, “I have never been a right winger.” But to put him in those restrictive political terms does a disservice to the quiet revolution of Pope Francis.
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Savia said...

Pope Francis is not a liberal or a conservative. How much time did Jesus spend advocating for sexual politics of abortion or gay marriage ?

Conservatives are not the only ones with an obsession.

Pope Francis is taking aim at the heresy of politicized Christianity right and left.

He is trying to unite the church in church.

Savia said...

I meant unite the church in church. For far too long it's been us vs them. Liberals play this card as much as conservatives do.

Savia said...

I meant church in Christ.

Archimandrite Gregory said...

There is an old quip that goes this way: the 3 great mysteries of life 1. The inner nature of the Holy Trinity; 2. How God became man; 3. what a Jesuit is really thinking.