Paul Moses blogs at dotCommonweal about the NYT piece on conservative reticence about Pope Francis. Lost opportunity for the US bishops?
Count me a skeptic on that. This isn’t about the bishops.
It’s time for the Catholic laity to grow up and take responsibility. We don’t need to take marching orders from bishops, put them on pedestals, or wait for local pastoral letters. We sure don’t need to wait for programs. I don’t think we need to be dismayed about our bishops and their concerns about the Holy Father. And our conservative friends who struggle, well, my email is well-known and a more public discussion is always welcome on this site. (Unlike on some of their sites, you won’t get banned here, and a vigorous discussion with dissent is not only tolerated, but longed for.)
Last thing I’ll mention tonight is I think we can discount out of hand prophecies, conspiracy theories, Fatima 3.9 and other such nonsense as too much of a neo-Gnosticism. If you want to understand Pope Francis, read the Gospels. If you are serious, read the Spiritual Exercises, or better yet, do them.
Two passages of significance:
- Matthew 21:28-32
- Luke 15:28-32
Opportunity beckons every day. Miss one, the Lord will serve up another soon enough.