I don’t mean to cause a theological debate here.
Actually, yeah… I probably do… but not on purpose.
To clarify, please don’t grab your pitchforks and torches on this. Likewise, this is me – Tony Myles – asking a question. Feel free to direct any bottled up anger in my direction.
I’m taking that risk, because what would be nice is if we could sharpen each other toward clarification, edification and something else than ends with “ation.”
It’s perhaps to no surprise. Who doesn’t like this Pope?
I like this Pope.
It feels like whenever I see something related to him in the news, a piece of me breathes out a sigh of relief… like he’s accomplishing something that people have been waiting to see happen for a long time.
As a confession, I’m a Protestant pastor today but I grew up seasonally Catholic. That means every Christmas and Easter (and sometimes for a season in between) during the majority of my childhood my family would roll into church to honor the traditions we felt we held to.
The problem with tradition is you sometimes feel like you’re missing something. Tradition itself reminds you of “something else” – so (by definition) there’s often a disconnect.
Then here comes this Pope who does things in the Way of Jesus that seem to reconnect those dots. It’s why so many Catholics and non-Catholics are cheering.
Again… who doesn’t love this Pope?
That’s what I’d actually like to ask a bit about.
How would that go over?
I don’t want to sideline my main question with this one, but it’s worth asking as a preface. Perhaps you remember how the youth pastor in the movie “SAVED” was portrayed?
So here’s the main question…
and remember… be nice…
Do you think Pope Francis is the person of the year…
- Because of how He embodies Jesus Christ?
- Because of how He embodies Jesus Christ in ways that are “nice” and universally accepted?
I was inspired to ask that by a discussion among peers where one person offered:
In today’s world of instant communication and occasionally biased media coverage, the message we preach runs a greater risk of being distorted or reduced to some of its secondary aspects. In this way certain issues which are part of the Church’s moral teaching are taken out of the context which gives them their meaning. The biggest problem is when the message we preach then seems identified with those secondary aspects which, important as they are, do not in and of themselves convey the heart of Christ’s message.
Keep in mind, if you reply to this in a non-Christ-like way it sort of undermines your point.
That said, please share your opinions or convictions on this as I think there is much for us to uncover together.