A reader writes:
Reading my Facebook feed last night, I saw one neopagan friend saying, “Pope Francis continues to do cool things for the hungry, the sick, the poor. Huh.”
If you are happy to read that and get that the mission of the Church is to “‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’ And grasp that the master says to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled” with remarkably little concern for how theologically, morally or liturgically perfect this rabble is, you will get what Francis is attempting and not panic when he appeals to those Conservative Catholics regard as The Wrong People. If you believe that the Pope’s job is to draw sharp lines designed to keep the riff raff away and to protect the Pure within Fortress Katolicus from having to rub shoulders with The Wrong People, you will be frightened and confused when people like this find him attractive. This is not a Pope who is interested in drawing lines. This is a Pope who is interested in crossing lines to “compel them to come in”. Get used to it.