I’ve been floundering long enough.
It has finally dawned on me.
Pope Francis is right.
He’s always been right.
I am neither wise nor experienced enough to grasp his theological teachings and pastoral strategy, much less to criticize them.
He finally makes the Catholic Church look like a place that welcomes all people.
He’s finally emphasizing God’s mercy.
The Church has never acted or spoken like that before.
His ideas and intentions are fully in line with the Bible and the Church’s magisterial Tradition, and, as such, lay people like myself have no right to criticize him in public.
To date, he has said nothing scandalous or incorrect, and in fact has been everything we as a Church and as a human race could hope for in a spiritual leader.
He is poised to usher in long overdue and hugely needed reforms in the Church’s liturgy, hierarchical structure, evangelistic success, and theological maturity.
Do you see now?
That wasn’t so hard, after all.