Tuesday, December 31, 2013

mind the gap

Over a year later and I still haven't managed the art of the quick-blog-post-turnaround.  TIME magazine's bestowing Person of the Year status on Pope Francis coincided with the semester's conclusion.  Thus, that moment passed.

Although...as mentioned a couple times on this blog, Pope Francis will surely confront his "Humanae Vitae moment" wherein the world expects him to say one thing but gets something else entirely...and those (not even "Catholics", since many non-Catholics pay better attention to the papacy than many within the Church itself!) who've been paying attention won't be surprised.

Another blogging-moment-missed:  Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, surely two of the most astute cultural-religious commentators alive, question Pope Francis' legitimacy and alleged Communist sympathies.   Quite frankly, this isn't/wasn't news...except that it dovetails with Time's recognition of Francis.  Both world and Church are still getting accustomed to the new pontiff -- remember, he was elected in mid-March!--and thus the "HV moment" alarm I keep sounding might be a year, two, or five off in the future.  However, it does seem prudent to recall that, despite all the media (in)attention otherwise, Pope Francis has not hit the CTRL+ALT+DEL restart of Roman Catholicism.  He has not utterly jettisoned the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.  In fact, one could say--and one has said--that Francis simply continues the same message of the previous two popes with a slightly different emphasis.

Among the "unknown unknowns" 2014 will bring, a "known unknown" is Francis' papacy.  And, make no mistake, it is evangelization