Tuesday, December 17, 2013
IS POPE FRANCIS CHANGING THE MEDIA'S ANTI-CATHOLIC BIAS TOWARDS THE PAPACY AND THE CHURCH? I THINK SO AND THIS IS GOOD NEWS
Andy McDonald of the Huffington Post, and no relation to me I don't think, although I do have a first cousin Andrew MacDonald in New Jersey, but I digress, has written a piece entitled "9 Reasons Why You want the Pope to be Your Best Buddy." You can read it by pressing these sentences.
It is good and I think the "Francis" effect upon the media is palpable even as they realize that he isn't going to change Church teaching on any moral issues, he is calling people to love sinners and lead them to conversion through the Sacrament of Mercy, Penance or Confession and frequently!
The most hot-button issues for the media are the pelvic issues. Here Pope Francis has neutralized the press for the most part in terms of their obsessions and the Church.
And Rocco Palma of Whispers in the Loggia Blog has an interesting piece on today's latest bishop appointment by Pope Francis, Fr John Doerfler, 49 – vicar-general of Green Bay and a former administrator of its Cathedral – as bishop of Marquette, the 50,000-member church encompassing Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as it concerns the type of men Pope Francis would like to see as bishops especially engaging those on the periphery and bringing them lovingly into the Church, especially the gay community through organizations like Courage that call them to chastity:
Back to the policy side, however, given the enduring public impression that Francis has effected some sort of "change" to church teaching on homosexuality – most recently seen yesterday in the Pope's selection as "Person of the Year" by the flagship LGBT magazine The Advocate – it's worth noting that Doerfler's bio lists the bishop-elect's involvement with Courage, the church-sanctioned support group for Catholics who seek to live chastely with same-sex attraction. Likewise a much-favored apostolate of Cardinal Raymond Burke, Courage was recently at the center of a bitter public scrum in New York as a Catholic high school postponed a scheduled talk by one of the group's chaplains after a high-profile outcry. (Beyond Courage, Doerfler has likewise served as a chaplain to Legatus, the international fellowship for Catholic executives seeking to live the faith in the workplace. Given the ministry's founding by Tom Monaghan – the visionary CEO of Domino's Pizza/Ave Maria fame – it's not exactly Call to Action.)