By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pope Francis is an Intellectual in the Best Sense of the Term

See this link at Religion News Service (credit to M.S. Winters at Nat'l Catholic Reporter).

Here is an excerpt from Professor Mark Silk of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut:

Francis is very wary of those who pride themselves on their intellectual grasp of religious doctrine. In a talk six years ago, he had this to say about the Prophet Jonah, who fled God’s command to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh:

Jonah had everything clear. He had clear ideas about God, very clear ideas about good and evil. On what God does and on what He wants, on who was faithful to the Covenant and who instead was outside the Covenant. He had the recipe for being a good prophet…
What he was fleeing was not so much Nineveh as the boundless love of God for those people. It was that that didn’t come into his plans. God had come once… “and I’ll see to the rest”: that’s what Jonah told himself. He wanted to do things his way, he wanted to steer it all. His stubbornness shut him in his own structures of evaluation, in his pre-ordained methods, in his righteous opinions.

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We never learn, do we. That's why it's good to reread what we think we already know.

(The image of Jonah in the Sistine Chapel is in the public domain.)