Monday, February 10, 2014

The Danger of Pope Francis

Former OLMC Religious Ed Director Jonathan Lewis recently found himself contemplating the potential danger of Pope Francis's message in his November 2013 publication The Joy of the Gospel.  Jonathan wrote about the experience for Millenial:  Young Catholics, An Ancient Faith, A New Century.  His reflection begins:

I found myself stuck in the middle seat on a flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., laptop open, entranced, reading through Pope Francis’ most recent letter (apostolic exhortation), “The Joy of the Gospel”. As I read the letter, sitting in this uncomfortable seat in the sky, I found myself struck, paragraph by paragraph, by memorable lines and phrases and began copying and pasting each one into a Word document for future rumination (or more likely social media posts). The humble and warmly personal tone of the letter is exactly what I wanted in the Pope–what could be bad or dangerous about that?

Quite a bit, as it turns out.  To read Jonathan's complete article, click here.  And when you're done, reread last Sunday's text from Isaiah... Maybe it will resonate in new ways!

And if you have not yet had a chance to read Pope Francis's most recent Apostolic Exhortation, you can buy it on Amazon or download it for free here.  

Jonathan's article
Evangelii Gaudium (by Pope Francis)
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