Pope Francis is taking a big risk, Ross Douthat more or less says over at NYTimes, in pitching his message to the weak center instead of the strong right. We saw how John Paul II, and even more so Benedict XVI, appealed to the Church’s far right, a small but energetic (and loud) group that has going for it real staying power. (This is Ruff, not just Douthat.) This policy was tearing the church apart, and a natural reaction set in with the election of Francis. But the moderates and progressives who are delighted with Francis – will they prove to be a dependable base long term? You may quibble with the categories and terms, but Douthat is asking a question that can’t be avoided.
Read it and chime in: “The Promise and Peril of Pope Francis” by Ross Douthat.