…I care what Pope Francis does, not what he thinks.
“Doubtless there are others on the left chomping at the bit to have Francis sign on to their particular liberal agenda, whether it’s for women priests or same-sex marriage, condoning contraception or encouraging cohabitation. But this is all absurd wishful thinking. (Yes, in case you were wondering, many actually believe that Francis will start overturning “outdated” Church practices and doctrines like Jesus overturned the money-changers’ tables in the Temple.) When Francis encourages Catholics — and everyone else for that matter — to care for the poor and marginalized, he’s not revising Catholic doctrine or indeed saying anything out of the ordinary. The Pope is merely reiterating a particular part of already existing Catholic teaching. Francis isn’t inventing anything new.
“Just because Gibson and his ilk don’t get it right doesn’t mean that there aren’t conservative Catholics out there with legitimate concerns about the direction Pope Francis is taking the Church — or about his style or emphases.”
— “Is Francis Flogging Conservative Catholics?” (New Oxford Notes, October 2013)
HT to Pertinacious Papist <– (the article is posted in full at his blog)