I have a thought I’d like to share with you. It seems to me that Pope Francis represents a break – a change – in the direction of the church. Not in doctrine or dogma (that’s guaranteed by the Holy Spirit), but rather in focus. Is it possible that in Francis we have seen the definitive end of the counter-reformation and the beginning of a new evangelical era?
I have the sense that Vatican II was the other bookend to the council of Trent and that JPII and BXVI were great gifts to the church who shored up the teaching from Vatican II and set the foundation for the next era. But, there is something new about Pope Francis – a boldness, a perhaps conviction that the secular ideologies and anti-clericalism of the 20th century and the Protestant antipathy towards the Church are spent forces, allowing him to focus (as JPII would say) on the anthropological crisis that these historical threads have brought through the vigorous proclamation of the Gospel.
I’m struggling a bit here, as you can see. I sense something new, but I can’t put my finger on it. Care to comment?