I’m sure I won’t be happy with every decision Pope Francis makes, but his tone has turned things around for the church in a big way. I think he is “setting the table” for change. If he remains as pope for 5-10 years he will have time to impact bishop and cardinal appointments, root up (some) corruption, and most importantly, make us a larger, robust, and “big tent” church, vs. the small, “pure”, ultra obedient church the last two seemed willing to accept.
Polo, I left a comment but I don’t know it it went through. Great article, and much to ponder about how a change of heart can change everything.
My feeling is now he he setting the table for change. Other people-moderate and liberal church-goers, religious, bishops and cardinals need to step up and push. The entrenched clericalism will be very hard to change. For example the people in my diocese, Rockville Centre on Long Island, NY, did not have the opportunity to comment formally on the assessment of family, marriage and sexuality being circulated for input before the upcoming Synod of Bishops. I’m not sure how Bishop Murphy gathered his feedback. I did comment through the offices of Call To Action who got a copy of the questionnaire and shared it with followers. We need a few German and Austrian bishops over here…with some backbone, honesty and openness.