The Pope and the Poor -- Sightings (Joshua Connor)
Many of us have been fascinated by the demeanor and attitude of the new Pope. Pope Francis has been a breath of fresh air with his humility and openness. He's not a liberal (he supports the crackdown on the American nuns), but he exudes hope. He has made the poor a focus of his attention, but not all are convinced. He has critics, especially in South America, where some see him as unwilling to take the more radical systemic steps necessary to change the way things work. In other words, he is not a liberationist. That is true. But then it's unlikely that one would be a Cardinal in the contemporary church if one were of that mind. The more liberal Cardinals like Dom Helder Camara are either retired or have passed on. He won't be encouraging radical political experiments, but personally, as one who has studied Liberation Theology, I take it as a good sign that Leonardo Boff hailed his election. In this posting from Sightings Joshua Connor takes a look at the conversation/controversy. I invite you to check in yourselves. What do you think?