The tug-of-war for Pope Francis
Russell Pollitt is a Jesuit Priest from Johannesburg. He majored in sociology and cultural-anthropology and also studied philosophy. He has a Master's Degree in Theology.
He believes that faith and justice are two sides to one coin and therefore Christian life necessarily demands that we work with people who find themselves on the margins of the church and society. When he is not contemplating life and the many serious issues believers face today he laces up his running shoes and hits the road, occasionally doing a marathon.
Currently he is doing a course in Portland, Oregon, USA, after which he returns to South Africa. Since the release of an exclusive interview last week in which Pope Francis spoke at length on a number of issues including his own life, the vision he has for the Catholic Church, tricky moral issues, the art and movies he enjoys, and his own struggle in prayer, I cautiously claim that a tug-of-war seems to have erupted over the Pope.
Those on the conservative side of the church are slightly unnerved and picking away at words to prove that nothing has changed. Some on the right have gone as far as suggesting he ceases to talk as he is sowing confusion.
Catholics with a more liberal outlook, on the other hand, are claiming victory over the more austere, dogmatic, rigorous and uncompromising church they perceive the conservatives desire.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily MaverickSimilar Stories