The Pope in a Media Obsessed Culture: Don’t Borrow Trouble

Pope Francis by Reynaldo Dallin. Public Domain
Pope Francis by Reynaldo Dallin. Public Domain

Each day I have many friends who are overjoyed by the things that Pope Francis said and an equal number who are troubled by the things he has said. Each day, however, you don’t have to dig very far to find that the pope has said something. And, really, it’s no surprise. People say things every day.

If you were to follow me around with a press corps, you would find that I say things too. Some of them you would like, and some of them you wouldn’t. But very few people care what I say, because I am not a leader of the largest religion on earth. I can’t influence 1.2 billion people with things that I say.

Whenever I encounter those who are troubled by the constant media obsession with Pope Francis, I ask two simple questions. Those two questions were posed today by Fr. Dwight Longenecker over on his blog:

So you don’t like some of the stuff he says and does? How much does it really affect you? Probably not at all. More importantly, what can you do about it? Nuthin.

So my advice is, give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt, thank God for the good stuff he does, pray for him when he slips up. Pray that he be delivered from the wolves, and do what you can with what you have where you are.

Read the rest HERE.

Don’t borrow trouble. Don’t borrow tomorrow’s trouble. Don’t borrow trouble that is above your pay grade.


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