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What is Pope Francis planning?

What is Pope Francis planning?

Michelle Boorstein of The Washington Post has interviewed a few Catholic leaders who are trying to discern where Pope Francis wants to lead the Roman Catholic Church. She writes:

On Thursday, Pope Francis said in a historic interview that the Catholic Church talks too much about abortion. Then on Friday he gave his most forceful antiabortion comments to date.

What’s the strategy here? Is there one? ….

Experts on Catholicism and religious leadership see a savvy pope trying to reposition a church that, at least in the West, has been tangled up for years in a culture war.

Some think the end game is a revival of “big tent” Catholicism, of the Catholic middle — thus his very public embrace of priorities dear to different Catholic camps. Others think he is being deliberately general in his language — reaching out several times over just a few months even to non­believers — to affirm the legitimacy not just of Catholicism but of Christianity.

What do yo think the pope is up to?


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Good Lord, Carol May, let’s hope not. With the current crop of bishops appointed by the previous two Popes, any new Council would look a lot more like Vatican I than Vatican II.

Bill Dilworth

Carole May

Vatican III? 🙂


The thing that gets me: why can’t we ask him? Him, Waaaaaaaay Up There on the “Chair of Peter”? Why do we have to depend on interviewers he could, well, excommunicate?

A *tough* press conference, filled w non-RC press. No holds barred. THEN, we could find out “what he’s up to”.

JC Fisher

P.S. Why yes, I *would* like to ask him a question or 3(00). ;-/

Paul Woodrum

I repeat, Pope Francis may sound Franciscan but he practices Jesuit guile. Until there are actual changes, a bit of skepticism is prudent.

Rod Gillis

The phrase “charm offensive” has been in the news a lot this past week with regard to Iran. It has a certain usefulness, perhaps in this instance as well? Certainly charm school grads have not been, and are not, unknown in churchland.

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