I know some Catholics are excited that Pope Francis made the cover of Rolling Stones Magazine but I can’t say that I am… at all. Why? There are many reasons but the main one being that the article bashes Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus describing him as Freddy Krueger and suggests that Pope Francis is changing Church teaching! I’m sure that many who are excitedly posting the photo have no idea what the article says. Perhaps we should hold back some of our enthusiasm of this ‘super hero’ Pope constantly grabbing the attention of the mainstream media and learn the content of what the latest journalist has to say about this new celebrity (and his predecessor) before we post our joy of him making yet another cover of a magazine.
“After the disastrous papacy of Benedict, a staunch traditionalist who looked like he should be wearing a striped shirt with knife-fingered gloves and menacing teenagers in their nightmares, Francis’ basic mastery of skills like smiling in public seemed a small miracle to the average Catholic. But he had far more radical changes in mind. By eschewing the papal palace for a modest two-room apartment, by publicly scolding church leaders for being “obsessed” with divisive social issues like gay marriage, birth control and abortion (“Who am I to judge?” Francis famously replied when asked his views on homosexual priests) and – perhaps most astonishingly of all – by devoting much of his first major written teaching to a scathing critique of unchecked free-market capitalism, the pope revealed his own obsessions to be more in line with the boss’ son.”