A (Pope) Like That Won’t Tell You What You Should Do

Tell Her About It.jpgMore fuss on the Catholic Right about Pope Francis’ latest airplane presser. I’ve already seen anguish in some social media outlets about confession being out the window and the like. My thought? Let’s cop a riff from a fine Billy Joel song.

John Allen kind of spells it out as it happened. Are you confused? Tough issues should indeed have a back-and-forth quality about them. It shows we wrestle with the huge issues of the day.

Pope Francis spells out the thinking of a pastoral person. He models the behavior of a good priest. Good clergy are not the gatekeepers of the public practice of lay people. He includes the example of an innocent mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.

I think a lot of people are going to miss the point, if not the whole boat on this one. But adults dealing with adults aren’t going to tell people what they should do. Best practice is always to invite, and then, after listening carefully. People who want a leader to be on their side and cheer for what they already think? That leader is already inside their head.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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