Pro Pope Francis

Some discussion at PrayTell on the petition of encouragement for Pope Francis. Some of the discussion involves thoughtfulness on the demerits of signing. From Fr Anthony Ruff:

I admit that I’m a bit uneasy with this thing. It feels to me more like competition than dialogue. I fear it becoming a proxy war, but at the wrong level.

I get that. But I’m not sure that’s the whole diagnosis. In the 1978-2013 era, petitions were drafted all the time. It was openly encouraged in curial documents. Some of us have even been the target of such documents–attempts at filial correction and a well-placed kick in the rear (or stab in the back). Many aspects of Catholic behavior in the final decade before Pope Francis were outright ugly.

My take is that people get discouraged. This petition is more a salve or an immunization against that. My comment at the other site:

The petition is for the signers more than it is about Pope Francis. There’s nothing wrong with a little pick-me-up amongst friends, allies, and colleagues. God made us and knows we need it now and then. I suspect Pope Francis would direct us more to the ministers in our immediate neighborhood. It might be a matter of lending a hand to a colleague in need and taking that opportunity for a mutual discussion–how are you, how is your family, this was my call to ministry; tell me about yours–something more uplifting. Praying with them and for them.

The key is not to focus too much on oneself. The Holy Father would likely point us to serve and care for others, those feeling discouraged and bothered. And to be prepared to receive what we seek in prayer.

Advertisements

About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
This entry was posted in Commentary and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Pro Pope Francis

  1. Liam says:

    “In the 1978-2013 era, petitions were drafted all the time. It was openly encouraged in curial documents.”

    Which is why it’s something I’d not like to encourage the further prolongation of via imitation!

    Ditto for push polls and other statistical chimera of the digital age, amply displayed in recent years at places like Where Did The Poor Non-Monsignor Dine?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s