…But I was just lambasted for…criticizing Pope Francis.
That’s right. I frequent a writer’s forum, and they had an online Catholics writing group, which of course I joined. There, I said this in a discussion on Pope Francis. In context, I’m replying to a woman who liked the Pope despite his ambiguity on doctrinal matters because (paraphrased) “Actions speak louder than words, and there have been too many words and not enough action for the past 30 years”:
[Pope Francis sometimes mistakenly] Contradicting Church doctrine is important though; he needs to be careful not to misrepresent Church teaching. That said, he seems to be putting more of an emphasis on dialogue, understanding, and compassion than doctrine and philosophy. Given that the Church hasn’t been doing too hot recently, perhaps a change is needed – coming from somebody who very much loved Pope Benedict the XVI.
As you can see, I really trashed the poor guy! He’ll be feeling that black eye in the morning!
I apparently struck a nerve, and got this in response:
Glad you’re offering to be the doctrine police. Guess the usual Vatican office is just too busy?
My initial reaction was annoyance that a simple discussion between two people who agree on most things couldn’t be kept civil. In the end, I actually wrote this in response:
I don’t even know what this is supposed to mean, but I guess I struck a nerve? I stand by what I said, and your response is utterly bizarre.
…And anyway, the Vatican has been, to put it bluntly, pretty shit at enforcing doctrine since Vatican II. But actually policing doctrine is above my pay grade; I’m just offering my opinion on the Pope.