“Good Letters” is pleased today to welcome Morgan Meis as a regular contributor. Read Image’s interview with Morgan here.
There were hints of craziness from the very first day. Pope Francis—Jorge Mario Bergoglio—was elected to the Papacy on March 13, 2013. When he went to the balcony of Saint Peter’s, he asked the people in the crowd below to pray for him. Only after receiving those prayers did he dispense his own requisite blessings upon the crowd. Unusual.
The next day, Francis celebrated Mass at the Sistine Chapel. He preached his first homily. In the homily, he quoted a line from Léon Bloy. Léon Bloy was not exactly your average Christian, or average-anything-else for that matter. Léon (1846-1917) was a troublemaker and a pain in nearly everyone’s ass. Heather King, in her “Credible Witness” column for the Catholic magazine Magnificat, described Bloy this way: “A ranter-writer, [Bloy] refused to get a day job, was perpetually penniless, and at one point fell violently in love with a prostitute who later converted, saw visions, and was committed to an insane asylum.”
Bloy was fond of saying things like, “Priests are latrines. They are there for humanity to pour out our filth.” You’ll notice that this statement is perfectly correct, doctrine-wise. That is exactly what happens in confession. The filth pours out. Nevertheless, it takes a certain chutzpa to compare priests to latrines, even when you mean it as a compliment.