So, amidst the Amor Laetitia reactions came this news: Bernie Sanders is going to the Vatican...just days before the New York Democratic Primary (April 19). From the NY Times:
Read it all here.
OK, at first I will admit being surprised. It seems clear Sanders sought this for political advantage, and while this blog hasn't tackled the issue, other Catholic bloggers have considered the ramifications of "Can Catholics vote for Bernie Sanders (or Donald Trump)?" That sort of question always seems to devolve into the usual Catholic left/right dichotomies bedeviling both the Church itself and our contemporary discourse.
Then it dawned on me.
Pope Francis already met with--however briefly (thank God!)--Kim Davis, she the Kentucky county clerk who briefly went to jail for refusing to sign same-sex marriage contracts. She ran across Pope Francis' path during his US visit in September, 2015. Steps have since been taken to reprimand the Vatican official who arranged the meeting unbeknownst to Pope Francis. In other words, the Holy Father got surprised, didn't like it (understandably), and quietly communicated that.
Makes you wonder what will happen when Sanders' clear support of abortion rights becomes known, if not already, through the Vatican halls.