PopeWatch confesses to a certain lack of understanding of much of what Pope Francis says. Too often PopeWatch thinks that the Pope speaks in Zen like koans that obscure meaning at least as much as they illuminate. When the Pope does speak clearly other problems can arise, as demonstrated by a quote from a recent homily given by the Pope:
The interview was released on the same day that Francis celebrated Mass with some 350 of his Jesuit colleagues at the main Jesuit church in Rome to celebrate his recent decree naming the order’s first recruit, Pierre Favre, a saint. During his homily, Francis told his fellow Jesuits to use mercy, not morality, when they preach.
“The temptation, that maybe many of us experience, and many other people have comes to mind; that of linking the proclamation of the Gospel with inquisitorial beatings of condemnation. No, the Gospel is preached gently, fraternally, with love,” he said.
Perhaps things are vastly different in Argentina than they are in the States, but I cannot recall the last time I heard a homily that was inquisitorial or condemnatory. Usually the homily is delivered in Care Bear tones and one would think that sin does not exist so rarely is it mentioned in the vast majority of homilies I have heard. Too often the Pope seems to be concerned about non-problems while true abuses are passed by in silence. It is like a fire fighter stopping in his course to give a lecture about the lack of proper positive appreciation for fire while a building is burning to the ground.