Once upon a time in a land called Catholica…

If only the extraordinary form were as ordinary as extraordinary ministers.

Or, to cite something Pope Francis recently said:

“[U]nless the encounter, the meeting of generations, is reestablished, unless a new and fruitful intergenerational equilibrium is restored, what results is a serious impoverishment for everyone, and the freedom which prevails in society is actually a false freedom, which almost always becomes a form of authoritarianism.”

Now replace “society” with “the Church”.

Irony is so dead.

Along similar lines, one of the early books published about Francis was by a former Jesuit seminarian, Chris Lowney, turned investment banker, who sees Bergoglio as a model of corporate leadership. Thankfully, the Church is not an NGO, because anyone who believed it were, might act more like a community organizer than something more outdated. He sets up the basic difference this way:

“Some folks approach [leadership] opportunities knowing that they are superbly prepared to lead, and that unshakable self-confidence stays with them every day of their careers. We call such people narcissists. They often get their organizations into trouble because, blinded by the radiant glow of their self-perceived greatness, they don’t see what havoc they create or what misery they inflict on others.”

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads (October 2013), p. 2

Did I mention that irony is as dead as a door nail?

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About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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