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

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pope Francis at One Year

Thank God for Jorge Bergoglio. From him, we have learned that Catholicism:

1. Need not be incessant harping about ritual or canon law (harping often based, to boot, on superficial or one-sided analyses of the topics at hand);
2. Need not be about who can win a "pious practices" arms race in which OCD becomes the model of spirtual maturity;
3. Need not be neo-conservative in either economics or foreign policy;
4. Need not be about spiritual elitism;
5. Need not parrot a Renaissance court;
6. Need not be distant from a messy world;
7. Need not have the face of the European or the U.S. hierarchies, regardless of their pocketbooks;
8. Need not be narcissistic or isolationist;
9. Need not be impressed with the rich or with the invisible hand;
10. Need not be fearful of anything at all in our always changing world.

But, most important of all, we have learned that Catholicism can and must smile.