|Are the pope's discussions with Scalfari|
a deliberate decision to sow confusion?
Phil Lawler urges Catholics to ask their bishops to
"Bring back clarity in an age of confusion."
Confusing eh? And is that the point? If Pope Francis owned a company called Confusion Unlimited he could be described as a very successful CEO.
With regard to the pope's relationship with Scalfari, a friend on Facebook used the following analogy about Pope Francis who, as persona Christi, is called to protect his bride, the Church. It describes his relationship with his buddy Scalfari who, as an atheist, doesn't even recognize the bride. I think the analogy is spot on!
What do you think? Is Pope Francis acting as an unfaithful husband and father, a betrayal that certainly creates confusion and damage to his children in the pews? Read it and see if you agree.
Maybe this will help you to understand. Say we were married, and I was famous for some reason and people really cared what I thought. I meet with a journalist friend that likes me but doesn't like you. After an off-the-record conversation he puts out a salacious article saying that I said very rude and untrue things about you. In response, rather than rebuke him, I say to the media "Well, you shouldn't consider what he says I said to be a direct quote. It was an off-the-record conversation." You would rightly be hurt and offended, and demand that I specifically refute each charge and not trust that friend again. If I did it again, with exactly the same consequences and same kind of response from me, you would rightly wonder if what he was saying was true and why I did it again. If I did it five times, with the same blithe dismissals of concerns.... you would understand how some Catholics feel right now.Phil Lawler, editor of Catholic World Report, an online magazine, recently published a book called
Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock. He appeared on Raymond Arroyo's show, The World Over, discussing his book. I haven't read it, but I've ordered it and will review it after reading. Here's the interview: