Recently, someone on the internet claimed that I was “done” with Pope Francis (wrong) and also that I hoped he would magically wave a wand and destroy our teaching on the indissoluble nature of marriage (so wrong as to border on slander).
I know a lot of people have had fun spinning my plea for a little middle-class encouragement as Francis-hate, if it suits their purposes, while others have amused themselves by willfully-misinterpreting my advocacy for annulment reform as Francis-lovin’ anarchy. Imagine believing both things at once!
So, I appreciate the opportunity to be clear: I love the Holy Father and take no issue with anything he has taught us. I have openly wished for insta-clarity, and that is partly because I am spoiled and want a pope who speaks in English and does not leave us at the mercy of interpreters and secularist headlines. I loved Laudato Si, and I very much look forward to World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (pdf), because Laudato Si helped to clarify for me the idea that the heinous sins of humanity are reflected in the tumult of creation — with which we are one — a therefore, debated sciences aside, our climate disruptions can truly be said to be man-made.
I’ll follow up with some more thoughts on annulment reform, later.