Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Another Damned Zealot
by Pa Rock
There was a very good editorial by journalist Michael Gerson in yesterday’s Washington Post entitled “Pope Francis the Troublemaker.” Gerson’s commentary was a critique of an interview that the Pope gave to the Jesuit publication, America.
Some of the Pope’s comments in that piece have been in the news this week. The interview was the forum where he criticized the church’s moral police for focusing solely on issues of abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. Pope Francis said that these issues should be raised “in context” and “not all the time.” He compared the Church to a field hospital after battle, noting that when someone is carried in on a stretcher with war wounds, “you don’t treat his high cholesterol.” He said, “You have to heal his wounds” before talking about everything else.
The Pope’s remarks were about accepting and loving the whole person in much the same way as Christ demonstrated two millennia ago. “The proclamation of the saving love of God,” Pope Francis proclaimed, “comes before moral and religious imperatives.”
As Pope Francis endeavors to paint the Catholic Church with the broad brush of acceptance and break down institutionalized walls of hate, he is truly making trouble in the hoary old Church – much as Christ angered and made trouble with the clerics of his day.
The pontiff is another damned zealot, one that recognizes the power of love and acceptance.
And he is such a breath of fresh air over Benedict XVI!
I’m sorely tempted to go back to church.