Pope Francis stands at the end of the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. Analyzing how these differing perspectives coincide, and where they diverge, usually reveals a good deal about where things stand in terms of the politics of the Catholic Church at any given moment.
Except for the fact that those five words were ripped out of context, weaponized by secular media and advocates of the gay agenda, and made to obscure the rest of what he had to say in that most famous of high-altitude exchanges with the media. And perhaps Pope Benedict did do just that, at the time. But, alliances comprising a small handful of gay clergy can easily come and go, and return again when conditions are right.
In what is widely considered to be his most accepting statement to date, Pope Francis reportedly reassured a Chilean man during an intimate meeting that he was born gay and that God loved him unconditionally. The pontiff met with Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse, last week. The pope loves you like this.
As they settled into their seats on the Alitalia jet, the assembled members of the Vatican press corps might not have expected a great deal from the journey home. They had just followed the Catholic church's first Latin American pope on a meet and greet around Brazil. They had seen his Fiat Idea mobbed by weeping fans. They had watched him celebrate mass with three million pilgrims on the packed-out shores of Copacabana beach.
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Pope Francis delivers his message to the faithful during the weekly general audience at St. Peter's square in the Vatican on November 21, Pope Francis has the most extraordinary ability to say and write things that his supporters and staff then have to explain away, justify, obfuscate, or even downright deny.
Professor Gilbert's anthology of literary criticism is no simple collection of fragments from great critics. It is, in a way. It contains material that is inaccessible in many university libraries and an index which ties together the various selections and gives the book a unity which most anthologies unfortunately lack.
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Pity poor Pope Francis. It was already a tricky trip. The estimate went viral, as did his abject, heartfelt apologies for the abuse and cover-ups of clerical sexual abuse.