And the papal reign of Pope Francis is still in its infancy, and I would never foolishly presume to think he needs my advice on how to "do his job".
However, if he had a blog, and asked for genuine feedback and suggestions from the lowest of the common laity (such as me), I think I would tell him this.
1. If you talk to the western "main stream media", and you wax eloquently about the need for Christians to love all fellow sinners (including homo priests), you should immediately follow that with the clarification that such priests should preserve their chastity, and not act on their homosexual urges and temptations. (They should "Go and sin no more", just like all other sinners should do.)
(After he neglected to make that clarification in his recent interviews, it took what seemed like a huge old-fashioned "spin team" to truthfully make it clear that what he had said was in no way excusing sinful behaviors, nor was it changing any Catholic teachings.)
2. I would also gently point out to him that Blessed Mother Teresa never required anyone to explain her silence about the abortion issue, as she did not remain silent about abortion.
Even in front of presidents and other powerful people, she would stretch to her full five feet tall stature (maybe), and preach in no uncertain or vague terms about the evils of abortion.
In the face of such horrific evil and malevolent atrocity (with far more people being murdered by abortions than by the Nazis, for example), she never shied away from plainly and boldly telling the truth about abortion and calling for the end of abortion.
No one could accuse Blessed Mother Teresa of maintaining silence about one of the biggest horrors of our times.
May God bless Pope Francis.
Good post. The pope should put you on retainer.
Great point regarding Mother Teresa never remaining silent on abortion, even in front of world leaders.