“You know who I freakin’ love?” gushed MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who grew up Catholic but stopped attending church during his freshman year at Brown. “This new pope. Pope Francis. … Are you watching this guy? Because you should be. It’s early, but I’m thinking … best pope ever.” Of course, Hayes noted, Francis’s church still opposes “gay marriage, women in the priesthood, a woman’s autonomy over her own body.” But, hey, he explained, at least Francis isn’t “a jerk about it.”
Okay, put aside for a moment the stale, robotic "woman's autonomy over her own body" and the "best pope ever" schtick that just serves to remind of the descent of modern journalism. High praise for the pope despite his orthodoxy, in one of the American liberal media strongholds. The whole article is worth reading, but it helps emphasize a theme I keep bringing up. Francis is having success while sacrificing not a scrap of orthodoxy. Yes, I think his image is a success. I think his presentation of the issues is a success. He is doing something we can learn from.
Oh, and for you lovers of clarity...
Mary’s embrace showed what America – North and South – is called to be: a land where different peoples come together; a land prepared to accept human life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age; a land which welcomes immigrants, and the poor and the marginalized, in every age. A land of generosity.Courtesy of the Pope's most recent broadcast.