This is a tough piece to write. People are saying he's Liberal. Others are saying, "not so fast." Which is really what Camosy is saying in this piece (Conservative red+Liberal blue=Catholic magenta).
I was disappointed with it as a result. To create conservative statements from Francis, Camosy has to isolate some of what Pope Francis has said, For example, concerning the first citation about his quick decisions. Prof. Camosy knows that Francis is describing the way he learned that he had to consult with others before making decisions. It's not a conservative statement.
In the interview Pope Francis says that he prays the breviary. Most priests do. Does he pray it in Latin? He may, but he didn't say that in this interview. Those words are bracketed, because Camosy has added them in. My point is, praying the breviary isn't Liberal or Conservative. It is Catholic, and the reference is made in a way that's self-serving.
The reference to the Pope's message to gynecologists also falls short. Did the Pope say what's excerpted? Yes. Except he didn't stop where Camosy would have you think. Pope Francis also said:
"In the fragile human being each one of us is invited to recognize the face of the Lord, who in his human flesh experienced the indifference and solitude to which we often condemn the poorest, whether in developing countries or in wealthy societies,"
"Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world," he said. "And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ. They must not be thrown away!"
Now, is the Pope Magenta? Yes. Because the Catholic Church is magenta.
I think a better piece would consider why people are responding to Pope Francis.
In my opinion, part of that is because he's reminding folks that the Church is more than Blue, or Red. We all carry those tensions, don't we? Abortion may make a person uncomfortable. That same individual may not have a problem with the death penalty. At the most basic level, they both end a life. The difference has to do with what we think are valid reasons for either.
It's that, and it's more. Pope Francis is reminding us that life isn't--to add a different duality--black or white. He said, "Who am I to judge?" His statements are the most pastoral we've heard from a Pope in memory. Francis knows he's a sinner. As the Pope he's been speaking as an adult to adults. What do adults know? We know that in life, there is a lot of grey. And really, since that is the case, "who are we to judge."
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