Voices on the Margins

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.


About Kathryn Perry

Kathryn Perry, MDiv, is an alumna of Regis College, Toronto. She is the author of The Courage To Dare: The Spirituality of Catherine Donnelly, Founder of the Sisters of Service (Novalis 2013).
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2 Responses to Voices on the Margins

  1. heather says:

    i, too, was overly optimistic when hearing some of pope francis’ comments recently…need to keep a wait and see approach!

  2. Yes, there is every reason to celebrate any new openness on the part of the religious hierarchy, but we must not allow small concessions to distract from truly legitimate questions of reform.

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