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To: pepsi_junkie
When a Pope says we focus too much on a specific issue, it implies he thinks that issue isn't particularly serious

No, you're inferring it. A more likely interpretation is a that if we're spending, say, 90% of the time talking about three issues! then we're not spending a lot of time on anything else. Not obsessing is not he same as not important.

11 posted on 09/25/2013 8:17:44 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
No, you're inferring it. A more likely interpretation is a that if we're spending, say, 90% of the time talking about three issues! then we're not spending a lot of time on anything else. Not obsessing is not he same as not important.

Okay, I see your point, expand the conversation from those core issues to other important issues. Great. However in the case of Francis it appears this means talking about welcoming in muslims gays and atheists, advocating for unlimited immigration, and talking a lot about poverty. This appears to make him a modern Democrat. And this leaves me scratching my head.

I envy you the certainty you have in the Pontiff and his stewardship of the Church. Unfortunately I just can't get my arms around Francis' vision. I hope you are right about him.

12 posted on 09/25/2013 8:53:12 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Tanniker Smith
The key point His Holiness is making (when you go to what he actually said rather than what is reported) is that important issues have been neglected by the Church for too long, and that priorities need to be adjusted accordingly.

Pope Francis puts a high priority on "social justice" -- not in the Marxist eat-the-rich distortion of that concept, but in the traditional framework of restraining the tendency of the wealthy and powerful to game the system and cheat everybody else out of that portion of the economy's wealth they have legitimately earned.

13 posted on 09/25/2013 9:04:57 AM PDT by shego
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