Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa puts his finger on what PopeWatch views as the single most dispiriting aspect of the papacy of Pope Francis:
Three days later, on June 4, the pope had a long meeting at his residence of Santa Marta with some “Evangelical” leaders of the United States, including the famous televangelist Joel Osteen, California pastor Tim Timmons, and the president of the Evangelical Westmont College, Gayle D. Beebe.
On June 24, another meeting. This time with Texas televangelists James Robinson and Kenneth Copeland, with Bishop Anthony Palmer of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, with John and Carol Arnott of Toronto, and with other prominent leaders. There were also Geoff Tunnicliffe and Brian C. Stiller, respectively the secretary general and “ambassador” of the World Evangelical Alliance. The meeting lasted for three hours and continued through lunch, in the refectory of Santa Marta, where the pope, amid loud laughter, gave Pastor Robinson a high five (see photo).
Copeland and Osteen are proponents of “prosperity theology,” according to which the more faith grows the more wealth grows. They themselves are very wealthy and live an extravagant lifestyle. But Francis spared them the sermon on poverty.
Instead – according to what “ambassador” Stiller reported – the pope assured them: “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. There are so many doctrines we will never agree on. Let’s be about showing the love of Jesus.”
Go here to read the rest. Wouldn’t one rather think that being interested in converting people to Catholicism should be a job requirement for any pope? The question arises as to whether Stiller accurately quoted the Pope. Of course that seems to be the recurrent question in this pontificate, and PopeWatch is weary of it. From now on PopeWatch will assume that Pope Francis has been accurately quoted unless Pope Francis bothers to state that he was not been correctly quoted. If Pope Francis is indifferent to the danger of being misquoted, then Catholics should not bother to assume misquotation on his behalf.
Christ when He ascended left to the Church this command: go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. How can that possibly jibe with the religious indifferentism that seems to emerge from many of the quotations of Pope Francis? Is this ecumenicalism carried to its ultimate conclusion that it doesn’t matter whether someone is a Catholic? If that is the position of the Pope, then the Church has a great crisis before it.