That's Carl Olson speaking about Pope Francis at Catholic World Report. Someone posted this on Facebook a week or so ago, and I've been hanging on to the link, intending to say something here about it. Well, I'm about to leave town for five days and won't have time to do much in the way of posting till the middle of next week, so I'm just going to post it as a possible topic for conversation. I'm largely in sympathy with the piece.
I think I share with many a reluctance to think badly of the pope, and to look for the best in what he says, but a simultaneous sense of disquiet about many of the things he's said and done. My personal resolution of this, for the time being, is to take some of what he says in the same loose spirit in which he seems to utter it. Theological precision is not the only virtue a pope should have, and is really relatively low on the list of virtues needed by the average Christian. But it's a pretty important one for the man who is the final (earthly) authority on doctrine.
p.s. My traveling means I won't be able to post the next 52 Authors until, most likely, Wednesday evening of next week.