.by Anura Guruge
As a profession (and rather successful) ‘Pope Watcher‘ I knew this was going to happen.
Kind of in the same league as Francis and his gold pallium pins — when he keeps on harping on about charity.
The problem, that so many,
especially the clowns in the media,
haven’t worked out is that this Pope is CONSERVATIVE!
He had to be, to be created a cardinal by John Paul II (#265).
Under John Paul II & Benedict XVI (#266)
had to sign an OATH confirming that they are
bona fide traditionalists.
He is not going to change the Catholic wide-stance on gay folks, abortion, contraception, women priest, clerical celibacy etc. etc. He just likes to talk a good game. BIG DIFFERENCE.
This is why I did this post for you. Pope’s talk about inclusiveness does NOT change Catholic doctrine.
The other problem, and I have written about that … is that this pope is very careless, intentionally or otherwise, in what he says. He basically blurts out stuff without thinking about what he is saying. This is not good.
During the last 4 months I have been doing a crazy amount of research on Pope John XXIII (#262) since I am writing a book on him. Superficially there are a lot of similarities between Francis and John XXIII. But, John NEVER said anything that he did NOT mean 100%. That is key. John was a very intriguing person. Though of dirt-poor, farming peasant stock, he was extraordinarily astute and clever — in a very street-smart way. He rarely, if ever, put a foot wrong and I have yet to really see an example of ‘foot in mouth’. Not so with Francis. He is a loose cannon.
His ‘horror’ at same sex adoption is going to rattle the LGBT community — as it should. They misread him.
This is going to be an ongoing problem.
This pope has created false expectations
— intentionally, or otherwise.
It will be an interesting 2014.
Happy New Year.