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

Monday, October 14, 2013

Uptight Catholic Does Not Equal Better Catholic

In searching for updates at the Washington Post on the latest political chaos, I came across this story (see link) on the discomfort of some "conservative" Catholics with the so-called "freer" style of Pope Francis.

My brief reaction:

Uptight is not better. Having a personal and very subjective penchant for excessive precision is not required by Christianity. Based on my personal experience, that compulsive tendency is a common personality trait among self-described "conservatives"; but this tendency is not necessary (and certainly not sufficient) for the Christian personality.

I do believe there is a necessary and specific Christian personality type. Here it is in authoritative detail:

. . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:22 (in part), 23 (NAB).

That personality profile does not emerge overnight, but that profile should be the recognizable trajectory and trend for all of us who claim to be Christian.

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