This is the type of discussion we need to have at this time of Papal transition.
As we wait for the media to make Pope Francis into its own image of a “people’s Pope” I thought I would offer a few thoughts. I have no special insight. I am a lapsed Catholic who, when most recently asked if I was “practicing,” replied that I had given up practicing when I felt I reached a sufficient level of perfection and could go no further with it.
Francis of Assisi, to use CNN”S favourite adjective, is an iconic saint. That means everyone knows a little bit about him, even protestants who normally can’t be bothered with names like Boniface and Thomas Aquinas. I haven’t checked the registry today, but my recollection is that there haven’t been popes named Thomas either. Peter is off limits, so too the names of the apostles with the exception of lots of Johns and Pauls and a few Marks. –Odd in the institution that…
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