I wrote and published this in early June, before the readership on this website exploded. I think it might be useful given some current controversies.
Pope Francis has surely been a sign of contradiction. Leftists were first enthused, thinking his passion for social justice meant he was one of them. Now they are dismayed to discover he insists on social justice for the unborn and other powerless undesirables they would rather discard. The ideological right is ever vigilant, seeking out evidence incipient socialist, collectivist tendencies in his comments. What to do with a pope who insists that the eternal verities are, indeed, both eternal and true while insisting with equal vigor that man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for man? We could try listening, rather than judging everything he says through our own a priori set of assumptions.
The sacramental institution of marriage is one of the things Pope Francis has weighed in on that has sent both the left and the right into unwarranted tizzies. The pope is reported to…
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