“Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus.”
Pope Francis is the Emmaus Pope.
He is not interested in “true doctrine” or “moral rigor.”
He is interested in meeting people on the road, listening to their woes and confusion, opening the Scriptures to them, illuminating Christ in the Scriptures, breaking bread with them, and seeing Christ therein.
Apropos the “burning heart” criterion, I’d be genuinely curious to see how easily it might be to fit Bergolglio’s statements since his election as Pope Francis into plain Mormon discourse. I’m not conversant enough in either his papal statements as a whole or Mormon discourse to assess that, but my hunch is that there’s a lot of overlap. Aren’t Mormons pro-life and pro-family, and don’t they also emphasize the crucifixion and glorification of Christ?
This post is not, by the way, a crass attack on the Pope, just a sudden insight I had about things the Pope has said lately.