The Popish Plot?

I truly don’t understand the vitriol directed by many on the right (many, not all, mind you) toward Pope Francis. One would think that his espousing and enactment of Christian principles would play favorably on the right; plus he’s the head of an avowedly anti-choice anti-LGBT institution, and care for the poor, advocacy of humane criminal justice, stewardship of the creation God granted to us and admonished us to care for would be popular policies. I myself am not a Christian, but I admire the pope for his outspokenness on caring for the disadvantaged and for the planet. I don’t and will never see eye to eye with the Church on matters of a woman’s right to choose and on matters related to LGBT issues, but I’m a firm believer in the possibility of common ground. For those who see in this particular pope some crypto-communist or hippie radical, it’s 2015, not 1985: the world has changed and will only continue to do so. Perhaps you reflexively inveigh against the pope because the issues which he advocates smack to you of leftism? Your supremacy on matters political and theological has passed its zenith; a new, more tolerant, more socially conscious era has been for some years now on the ascent. The pope is no radical, but rather a Christian in the sense that a certain Jesus Christ died to advance; you may have heard of him.

~ by Benji on September 27, 2015.

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