One of the Many Reasons I Like the Imaginative Conservative…

(apart from their snappy new design) is that, unlike so many conservatives confronted with a Pope who says things that are not in accord with the normal playbook, the folks at Imaginative Conservative attempt the astounding spectacle of trying to listen to him, understand him, and even apply his teaching to their lives instead of panicking, patting him on the head as a simpleton, or babbling about how we need to resist his heretical liberalism. It’s a refreshing and hope-filled break from the infallible anti-charism of discernment one so often meets in conservative circles as it anoints Obviously Wrong Folk Heroes while ginning up the mob to protect the Church of Truly True Catholics from its greatest threat: Pope Francis.

Thank you Imaginative Conservative! More like you please!

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  • ivan_the_mad

    More in this line of thought: “Francis insists that the Church develop this virtue of magnanimity, so that we not reduce the faith to rules and principles–to an ideology–and thus fail to see every person we meet as someone longing for an encounter with Christ.”

  • KM

    Thank you for leading us to this article. Pope Francis has been instrumental in reaching out to unbelievers and to those wayward Catholics, like me, who left the church years ago and have recently returned and have been reintroduced to our faith. Getting stuck on rules and regulations before having the principles of the faith in place will only drive out the seekers. The foundation of Christ must be there first, then all else will follow.

  • KM

    Loved these quotes from the article:

    “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus….

    “…Unless we convey the core reality of the Christian faith, a reality which has nothing whatsoever to do with politics, we cannot hope to convey, far less enable activation of, the moral teachings of the Church.”

  • Alexander

    I think there is much good in what Pope Francis is saying, and I think he’s right that we need to show the world the merciful face of Christ if we want them to understand WHY we care so much about issues like abortion and the family. But I fear he’s overly optimistic that, if we somehow talk less about issues, the secular world will wake up and turn toward Christ.

    C.S. Lewis:

    “Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore
    has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done
    anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness.
    It is after you have realised that there is a real Moral Law, and a Power behind the
    law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power-it
    is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that Christianity begins to talk.
    When you know you are sick, you will listen, to the doctor. When you have realised that our position is nearly desperate you will begin to understand what the Christians are talking about. They offer an explanation of how we got into our present state of both hating goodness and loving it. They offer an explanation of how God can be this impersonal mind at the back of the Moral Law and yet also a Person. They tell you how the demands of this law, which you and I cannot meet, have been met on our behalf, how God Himself becomes a man to save man from the disapproval of God.
    It is an old story and if you want to go into it you will no doubt consult people who have more authority to talk about it than I have. All I am doing is to ask people to face the facts-to understand the questions which Christianity claims to answer. And they are very terrifying facts. I wish it was possible to say something more agreeable. But I must say what I think true.
    Of course, I quite agree that the Christian religion is, in the long run, a thing of unspeakable comfort. But it does not begin in comfort; it begins in the dismay I have been describing, and it is no use at all trying to go on to that comfort without first going through that dismay. In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth- only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.”