Pope Francis is doing some good things with his influence. He’s called for greater tolerance. He’s advocated for action on climate change. He’s pushed the Church to focus more on helping those suffering in poverty. In an unprecedented and inspirational speech before Congress last week, he called for an end to the death penalty, action on the refugee crisis in the Middle East, environmental protections, progress on issues relating to social justice, advocacy for workers rights, and an end to the arms trade, all while holding up progressive champions of human rights throughout history.
Wonderful. Fantastic. Love it. If he can influence members of the Church to embrace more progressive ideals personally, I’m excited. But before we put the Pope on a pedestal, it’s time for a reality check.