Pope Francis, by all accounts, is an exceptional human being. His views on many touchy subjects seem shocking to many. Yet, he’s never been afraid of speaking his mind—in a very humble but firm way. The manner in which he speaks about the disenfranchised is totally at odds with his predecessors and, by extension, the dominant layers of society—the super-rich. When he speaks, he sounds more like a liberation theology activist whose message is the direct rebuke to American and European exceptionalism. The Pope is talking about issues that have been fired up the Church base communities and progressives all over the world. In other words, the Church dogma has taken a back seat.
When Pope Francis speaks about environmental degradation, human trafficking, immigration, he seems genuine, and to back his words with deeds, he lives a simple life much closer to the average individual than it is to that of the catholic hierarchy. Is this a last ditch effort to save what appears to be a losing battle?
Pope Francis is very intelligent. He is no bureaucrat, although he’s running one of the world’s most reactionary religious institutions: the Catholic Church. Catholicism, the embodiment of the Church and its teaching, if not destroyed, has been seriously bruised, mired in all kinds of awkward scandals not worthy repeating here, including the most vexing of all: the sex scandal.
I was born and raised a catholic. I take my kids to church every Sunday, not because of their religious faith but because of character education. Historically, the Church has been very supportive of the “established” norm: reactionary governments worldwide—to the exception of one section of the church: the base communities from which liberation theology is originated.
I’m a big fan of Camilo Torres, Ernesto Cardenal, Gustavo Gutierres, etc…Read this article I wrote and published in CSMS Magazine few years back: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: Our New German shepherd. These individuals are Latin American priests who have devoted their lives to champion the cause of the disenfranchised. Pope Francis may lose the war to restructure the Church, but he will certainly go down in history as the Pope who understood that social justice must be holy. –Dr. Ardain Isma, educator, author.
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