Friday, February 19, 2016

I Guess I Have To Weigh In On The Pope's In-Flight Interview


Well, I guess I have to join the parade of Catholic Twitter/Blogger-types who have weighed in on the Pope/Trump/Zika "dust up".
First off, I'm disappointed in the Catholic reaction.

Why any Catholic would have negative feelings about what was said is beyond me. It can only being explained by the fact that many have joined in on the soundbite culture without actually thinking about what is going on. 

"Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil."

"If you only build walls without also building bridges you aren't Christian."

So...the Pope is pro-NFP/Abstitnance and Pro-Welcoming-The-Immigrant, and people are upset?

Obviously, the mainstream media and culture is going to spin this how they always spin these types of things. 

We all remember the time they thought Pope Benedict said that it was okay for certain folks to use contraception. They will take any mention of avoiding pregnancy or "the lesser of the two evils" and twist it to match what they wish it meant. 

In addition, they are look at everything under the political lens, so why are we shocked that this comment about Christians welcoming strangers has turned into a politicized message that the Pope is calling out Donald Trump for not being a Christian? 

But I expect more out of Catholics, to be completely honest. 

Many Catholics have come out to lament that they wish the Pope wouldn't say "confusing" things, and even more have opined about the "good ol' days" when St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict didn't let these things happen. 

Of course, that isn't true. These kind of things happened all the time for all Popes as long as we can remember back.

Why don't we take a moment to reflect on how what the Pope actually said made us feel. He's challenging us to really think about what it means to be a Christian, and we shouldn't simply brush it off by reminding ourselves that what he said isn't infallible teaching. 

We should be open to listening and pondering. 

Otherwise, we're going to become more and more like that "brood of vipers" Jesus rebuked so frequently.

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