Last week we learned from Pope Francis that the Church is too preoccupied with the killing of unborn children and the destruction of the family. This raised the obvious question: If those issues don’t deserve top billing, which ones do? Pope Francis supplied the answer this week in an interview with an Italian atheist, Eugenio Scalfari:
The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don’t even look for them any more. They have been crushed by the present. You tell me: can you live crushed under the weight of the present? Without a memory of the past and without the desire to look ahead to the future by building something, a future, a family? Can you go on like this? This, to me, is the most urgent problem that the Church is facing.No, this is not an Onion parody. This is the Catholic Church, circa 2013, under the hope-and-change pontificate of Francis — the one Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, and Jane Fonda have been waiting for. They had long pined for an enlightened pope and now they have found him in a Latin American Jesuit so loose, so cool, so “spiritual”(celebrities always like a dash of “mysticism” in their liberalism) that he doesn’t fret over such fuddy-duddy anxieties as the killing of the elderly and the corruption of children (last week he reminded us that we shouldn’t see our culture as depraved) but rather their isolation and joblessness.
Now, this post at Harvesting the Fruit doesn't pull any punches, and frankly jumps right to the endgame. Its conclusions are definite, and don't really give a lot of doubt-benefiting, so to speak. It may cause the head of SLPS Parent to explode. If you think I'm unnecessarily down, don't read it. Enjoy your coffee, play with your kids, move along. An excerpt:
Having absorbed the bitter reality of yet another revealing papal interview, one that somehow managed to offend Catholic sensibilities even more than the last, all but the most detached among us are now struggling to come to terms with what the future holds under a Bergoglio papacy.
Let’s be honest; modernist popes aren’t exactly the exception to the rule in this post-conciliar age....
So why then are Catholics today reeling in what appears to be an unprecedented way?
Simply put, because they should be.
I submit that compared to these two pieces, I qualify as Popeyanna.
And finally, to comply with the Fairness Doctrine, check out this much more positive piece about today's pastoral visit to Assisi. Long Pants, read away. An excerpt:
While the streets of the medieval city are crowded with pilgrims for the pontiff's visit, the atmosphere has remained a bit serene, with several saying after the pope's homily he had spoken to them "emotionally" and had evoked the saint.