Commentators have taken Francis’s speeches and sayings and attacked him or claimed him as a Marxist, a unionist and a radical environmentalist. I don’t think the pope is proposing an alternative system of politics or economics. He is simply reminding each of us that we have a moral obligation to be kind and generous to the poor and disadvantaged — especially if we have been fortunate. If you have a problem with this message, you have a problem not with Pope Francis, but with Jesus Christ.
The rest of the WaPo piece has but passing interest to me in that Zakaria is quoting known Catholic dissenter Garry Wills (you can read more about him at this Crisis post), someone I think to have a key Catholic screw or two missing but I digress.
The real reason for this post is to put up the following video found over at Aleteia (Elizabeth Scalia’s new stomping grounds) which so very nicely chronicle’s Pope Francis’ last week. Check it out. It’s excellent:
I’ve caught a ton of grief for seeing Christ in this Pope… particularly from hardliners on the right… I chalk that up to one of two things… hatred or ignorance.
I think Zakaria’s quote, used as the title of this post, sums things up so very nicely for me.
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.