Respected Catholic commentator Russell Shaw writes:
Among Catholics who’ve been rattled by remarks by Pope Francis in his famous interviews, some have sought solace in blaming the media. … But when you’re through criticizing the press, the fact remains that the reporters have gotten it essentially right. Pope Francis truly is saying something different …
Drawing on Italian Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister, Shaw writes that
Pope Francis … should be seen in the line of two larger-than-life figures of the not so distant past – Cardinal Carlo Martini, S.J., of Milan and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago.
Instead of confronting the secular culture, seek common ground. Where no common ground can be found, downplay the conflict as much as can be done without sacrificing principle.
We’re in for an exciting ride.
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