The Media Catches On to Papal Program
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  • PKCasimir

    The New York Times article is the last thing I would cite in a discussion of what impact Francis has had on the Vatican and on the Catholic Church. It is all over the place, cites very few facts or authoritative sources, and is self-contradictory. Is Francis a conservative on doctrinal issues or a moderate or a liberal? You can find all three answers in the article. Only the NY Times would characterize Catholic opposition to abortion as the “conservative” view in the Church.
    A real close look at Francis’ actions since assuming the Papacy leads me to the conclusion that he is facing the problems long festering in the Church without a real clue as to what he does about it. An unsophisticated Cardinal from the backwater that is Argentina with its uniquely South American problems, he doesn’t understand North America or Europe or Asia or how to deal with them. PR gestures like washing the feet of Muslims and baptizing children of Gay parents is great PR if you are trying to reach the readers of the NY Times but hardly of any value when trying to lead the billion member Catholic Church.
    Francis appointed Italians to assume the number two and number three positions in the Vatican – Parolin and Bertello. Little mentioned is that Francis is of Italian origin and that, during the last Papal Conclave, the Italian Cardinals rallied behind him as the second best way to retain Italian influence over the Papacy since their fellow Cardinals refused to back an Italian. It hardly has inspired confidence in the Church that the number 2 and 3 positions are controlled by an Italian while the Pope is of Italian heritage.
    The PR exercises and the somewhat odd formulations of Catholic doctrine by Francis has hidden that, one year on, he has instilled little confidence in Catholics knowledgeable of the administration of the Church. The immediate problem in the Church is the Roman Curia and the appointment of a Cardinal in Haiti or South Korea has no effect on its operation. Promoting Italians to the number 2 and 3 positions in the Church does.

  • free_agent

    You write, “Francis celebrated mass and had a private audience with Cardinal Mahony,
    the prelate with one of the worst records on the sex abuse crisis”.

    On the other hand, such meetings with the boss are a very good time for the boss to read the riot act to a subordinate, because it doesn’t visibly undermine the subordinate’s authority to make the changes the boss desires. Let’s watch and see if Mahony announces significant changes in the near future…

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