Pope Francis’ Latest Interview

A reader writes:

You’ve likely seen this already, but in case you haven’t.

At more than a few points, he speaks directly to me, and challenges me to go beyond myself toward what he termed in the recent exhortation as authentic personal fulfillment. He is a gift.

Yeah. He has that effect on me too. I go to write something to reply to all the people yelling at me and when I read The Joy of the Gospel, I find myself thinking, “You’re not so hot yourself, Shea. How about you shut up and listen to him.” So my readers are spared another diatribe while I get all introspective. Win win!

  • Marthe Lépine

    I really liked this quote from the interview: “The promise (of the trickle down theory) was that when the glass was full, it would overflow,
    benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass
    is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor”

    • jaybird1951

      However, is that analogy true? I don’t know of any “glasses” that get larger as the contents reach the brim.

      • Tom Leith

        There is no natural limit to the amount of money people will try to arrogate to themselves. Shoot, they’re not even bothered with the necessity of physical storage these days. What he’s getting at is the “vessel” of human desire for money grows along with the supply of it. For the trickle down theory to work, all those job-creating rich people would have to realize they have “enough”. They don’t realize it, but boy! They sure expect the poor to realize it!

  • Brad Eversham

    What do you think of the idea of Pope Francis as celebrity?

    http://dugdalefield.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/power-celebrity-pope/

    • chezami

      It’s an inevitable by product of our culture of celebrity, just as it was inevitable that some ancient pagans would add Jesus to a pantheon. The only thing more foolish than that is for Catholics to *blame* the pope for what others do and think about him.

  • Marion (Mael Muire)

    I agree with what the Pope has to say to some extent, but I do see the U.S. glass as bigger AND the poor in the U.S. as better off now, than was the case, say, during the Great Depression, when many of the rich lost most of their wealth, and many families with out-of-work breadwinners were significantly malnourished – and not because of their nutritional choices, but because they were living on the edge of starvation.

    And today, In Darfur, for example, or other developing countries, poverty means utter, abject destitution. You have n-o-t-h-i-n-g. This kind of poverty looks like a neighborhood swimming in mud and sewage – no public sanitation to speak of, and no building codes requiring proper road and pedestrian walkway surfaces. And no public money to do those things, anyway. And so when it rains, you float. And you get sick. Unimaginably bad.

    Here in the U.S. poor conditions can get really awful, but generally speaking, the health of all Americans, including the poor is at least moderately protected by building codes, city street maintenance, and public sanitation. Because we are a rich country.

    My brother is unemployed and on Medicaid (Medical Assistance). He has no car, so when he is sick I take him to his doctor, who has a primarily Medicaid practice. The huge waiting room is usually full of working poor immigrants. They are poor, but most have cell phones, and many of the ladies have their hair highlighted and nicely cut and styled. Often their nails have been “done.” Some look great, really great. I heartily approve: I think it’s terrific to have your hair and nails done – it’s really not that expensive, and it promotes mental health and a sense of well-being and success, which would be great assets against the stress of dealing with tough jobs and tough schedules as the working poor must do. But these folks ARE benefitting indeed from the fact that there is a great deal of wealth in our region. Clearly. Because in Darfur, the poor don’t own cell phones, and would not be able to afford to groom their hair and nails stylishly. Nor would any of this obtained here in the U.S. in the early 1930s, when even families who had formerly owned large businesses, were scrambling to make their mortgage payments.

    I’m very, very thankful to live in a wealthy country such as here in the U.S., where utter abject destitution may exist, but it must be rare, compared with other lands, or with our own land in other eras.

    • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

      Good points.

  • http://www.lampofthebody.com/ Dave Zelenka

    From the interview: “I spoke about baptism and communion as spiritual food that helps one to go on; it is to be considered a remedy not a prize.”

    Amen!

    “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a
    doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but
    sinners.’”


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