A Lot To Do

The pope’s interview went 12,000 words. How many millions have the pundits spilled on it? I liked this Jesuit’s commentary.

Francis is giving us a lot to do. His fresh air brings new life to the church and renews the hopes of the Second Vatican Council. He reminds us that we can keep our values, without obsessing over contraception, abortion, gay marriage and ordination issues. But after obsession, there is work to be done.

This is true. As a lay minister, I see no end to it. But as I tackle the day’s, the week’s, the year’s tasks. I feel like I can take a breath of that fresh air.

Fr Clooney knows it is a prime time for getting to work

(W)hen the church is freed from undue attachment to just some issues, it can then turn to its full and urgent mission for today.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to A Lot To Do

  1. I find it interesting that in your daily routines, Todd, you FEEL like you can catch your breath with a new found energy vis a vis HHF’s pontificate. Yes, it has also had a very positive effect out here in CenCA.
    However, behind the emerald curtain the politicking churns onward. I read Sandro Magister’s exhaustive chronology and opinions upon on the leadership changes thus far in the dicasteries in the Curia, and it gagged me that realpolitick will always mitigate and dilute the message of Christ as regards the magnitude of the Church’s mission. The more things change….

    • Liam says:

      Be careful about relying too much on Magister to interpret events. The Italian Vaticanistas have competing networks of influence. Magister’s bread was buttered by the one he cultivated around Ratzinger, and he’s having quite the time dealing with being eclipsed by Tornielli in the new pontifical administration. It’s best to thing of Magister as being the megaphone for one of several competing interpretive schools. That’s the inside inside baseball.

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