Monday, September 23, 2013

Francis or Benedict?

Who said this?
    I was asked to give interviews and I always knew the questions in advance. They concerned the ordination of women, contraception, abortion and other such constantly recurring problems.

    If we let ourselves be drawn into these discussions, the Church is then identified with certain commandments or prohibitions; we give the impression that we are moralists with a few somewhat antiquated convictions, and not even a hint of the true greatness of the faith appears. I therefore consider it essential always to highlight the greatness of our faith - a commitment from which we must not allow such situations to divert us.
'Twas the latter, quoted here by — If Pope Francis had said this, what would you think?

Much like the comments a few days ago made by the current pontiff, minus the headline coverage by the world's media and the accompanying apoplexy by Catholic traditionalists.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The concern by traditionalists about the Pope's remarks is directly related to how those remarks are being used by the Left (liberals and libertarians alike) to basically say the Church has given up on its positions in defense of marriage & human life. The Pope's statements were a tremendous snafu as far as reaching low information voters is concerned. I agree with you that the substance of his comments is in continuity with previous popes -- but substance isn't the only thing that communication is make of. Impressions count. How words are received counts. And understanding how one's enemies are likely to construe one's words in order to harm has to be taken into consideration. The Pope was imprudent in making the comments that he did. Hopefully he will be able to repair the damage he has caused.

September 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM  

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