Is the Press Hiding What the New Pope Is Really Saying?
He’s infuriated traditionalists, annoyed conservatives and alarmed church bureaucrats with his embrace of evolution, defense of gay priests and praise of Communists. Argentine-born Pope Francis has startled the world by forgiving Catholics who aborted babies. He’s made it easier to nullify marriages. He’s taken on causes never before addressed by a pontiff, urging the faithful to take public transit, plant trees, turn off lights and recycle. He’s called Europe a barren old woman. At Christmas 2014, instead of praising the Vatican’s Curia, or senior governing body, he accused them of rivalry, vainglory, chatter, failing to “radiate joy,” grumbling, gossip and “funeral faces” – taking themselves too seriously. He has urged Catholics to reject comfort and instead serve the poor. He’s criticized traditional ritual worship and raised the possibility that non-Christian religions are performing God’s work. He has called capitalism’s excesses the “dung of the devil” and apologized for Spanish conquistadors who sacked the New World’s Inca, Maya and Aztec empires, hungry for gold. Not your average pope!