I am providing a link to this article by Jamie Manson that appeared in the National Catholic Reporter yesterday http://ncronline.org/blogs/grace-margins/when-does-our-hope-francis-become-denial because she has very boldly offered a challenge to the so-called “progressives” in the Catholic Church who are embracing Pope Francis with open arms.
In this article, she reminds us all of a human characteristic – we work very hard not to see what we don’t want to see. A short while back I wrote that we need to be careful that we don’t interpret the new pope’s actions through the lens of desperation https://shehearstheword.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/surely-poppas-changed-viewing-pope-francis-through-the-lens-of-desperation/
Manson offers a different spin on this same topic. We have to be careful not to colour what the Pope is saying through the lens of an unwarranted optimism. I believe we are both offering the same warning. Manson’s article is important and should generate much needed discussion.