The weirdness of Pope Francis
The Roman Catholic periodical The Tablet has a report on a debate in the Church of England’s synod on the ordination of women as bishops. Among other things, the report said:
A number of speakers pointed to Pope Francis as an example of progressive leadership.
Canon Rosie Harper, who supports women bishops, said: “Pope Francis has got it – he’s stopped judging people and started loving them, and Catholic church attendance is rising. Stop being weird and vote yes.”
via The Tablet – News.
Macrina Walker responded on Twitter “Invoking P Francis in support of women bishops strikes me as dishonest, instrumentalist & ultramontanist – & absurd!”
I rather hope that she will go on to expand on this in a blog post, and if she does I’ll link to it.
I may be wrong, but I get the impression that the Roman Pope Francis is beginning to suffer from a carefully-cultivated media image (cultivated by the media, not by him) for saying things he never said, and promoting things that he never had any intention of promoting.
And I suspect that this is because the Western media, and their owners, find the things that he has said are a little too uncomfortable, so they prefer to try to draw the public’s attention away from them by creating a fake image. It is the reality that is too weird for them to take.