Skip to comments.Pope Francis and Secularist Stereotypes
Posted on 03/19/2013 9:27:29 AM PDT by marshmallow
Don't be surprised that the honeymoon lasted just a few hours.
The Catholic Church looks neither right nor left but up. In other words, the Church is not a vehicle for conservatism or liberalism, capitalism or socialism, but a vehicle for Catholicism. Anyone who thinks and believes otherwise has surely misunderstood the teaching and purpose of the institution left us by Christ Jesus. I say this because within hours of Pope Francis taking to the balcony in Rome, commentators were trying to shape the man in their own image. Its an outrageous, but inevitable, thing to do. Pope Francis the friend of the poor, Pope Francis the defender of marriage; Pope Francis the Jesuit, Pope Francis the orthodox cleric; Pope Francis the critic of unbridled globalization, Pope Francis the fighter for the unborn.
The real answer is that hes not some of these, but all of these.
And this is the very quintessence of the faith: a glorious duality, a pristine combination, a Chestertonian paradox of simultaneous truths. Its a difficult concept for those who splash around the muddy pool of banal politics, but obvious to followers of Christ. There is no contradiction whatsoever between moral conservatism and fierce empathy with the poor and underprivileged. If anything, abortions targeting of the handicapped, the black and brown, and women, makes it an attack on the most vulnerable in our society. Similarly, contraceptives are liberating and empowering for lascivious men rather than oppressed women. Ask any couple living the Billings method, for example, who has most power in their physical relationship!
In the direct caring and loving of the poor and the marginalized we live and see not a contradiction of moral orthodoxy but a consequence of it. Two hands to one body, two sides of the same coin. And this was presented........
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