Breaking News! Francis Speaks Like A Pope!
Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Semel in anno!
For the record: this is not an April's Joke.
Yours truly, who is rather cynical, doesn't think for a moment Francis has started to think or act in the right way himself. Rather, it might be that he has understood that every now and then he must speak as a Pope, lest he becomes the joke of thinking Catholics the world over. Thinking Catholics who are still an awful lot, run countless blogs, and begin to get their criticism into the mainstream.
No, for Holy Week we might get glimpses of a Pope, ahem, “obsessed with abortion”. He has even managed to speak about the complementarity of male and female, and I am sure the Pollyannas will exult because he does not endorse “gender theory” (you don't say?!).
Still, I hope this goes all over the planet. If it does, it will be interesting to see how the Naral-crowd react. If it doesn't, it will be interesting to see whether Francis continues until the message gets through, or thinks rather he has done enough for this year, and now he can keep talking about his favourite issue: gossip…
Don't get me wrong: this is good news! But we must avoid the Paul VI phenomenon, where a freakishly bad Pope gets away with almost everything because he done one thing right in fifteen years of Pontificate.
Still, it might be the begin of a new beginning. Or the end of the “red nose” beginning. Or a very partial recovery of basic sanity. Or the discovery he can't be the Pope of … those who don't believe in the Papacy. Or the realisation at least on abortion he will have to toe to the “party line” in order for him to be able to spread havoc in all the rest.
We shall see.
Happy Holy Week.