Sunday, December 15, 2013


While noted Catholic theologian (not) Rush Limbaugh accused Pope Francis of going "beyond Catholicism" and being "purely political". The radical traditionalist blogoshere rabidly convenes it's own inquisition (members mostly self appointed) highlighting the leftist socialist Marxist ideology found throughout the recent Apostolic Exhortation.  Parts of which, according to theologian Limbaugh, "were pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope."

Responding to these critics, the Pope, in an interview with Italian Newspaper La Stampa: "Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended ... there is nothing in the exhortation that cannot be found in the social doctrine of the Church."

His Holiness further went on to clarify speculation from the left (and more than a few moderates) that of the upcoming new cardinals to be named one might be a woman. "I don't know where that idea comes from. Women in the Church should be valued, not 'clericalized'."

On the topic of his desires to reform and restructure the Curia, including the Vatican Bank, Pope Francis confirmed what any sane and reasonable person already knows. Change takes time, and will be a "lengthy task." Referring to last weeks Moneyval's positive evaluation of the Vatican efforts to abide by international financial standards, the Pope stated that reform (of the bank in particular) is "on the right path."

Pope Francis is the pope of Christian Charity.


  1. I'm not sure why the Holy Father felt the need to respond to this or why he seemed defensive about it. And I find Francis' position on women a bit confusing.

    1. What's so confusing? That he thinks we should be treated with dignity and respect? Equal to men? That we should be allowed and encouraged to have (non-ordained) roles of responsibility and authority in the Church?
      I'm not a raging feminist. I wear skirts and usually cover my head in some way or form in the church. I have no desire to be a priest or nun, nor do I support the idea of women being "ordained" to rank.

      What is it that he has said about women that is confusing?

    2. I'm actually not sure what he is actually getting at with the "theology of the women". Francis is a Marian thinker, but Mary has been appropriated by more conservative elements of the Church to be a traditional 1950s Catholic housewife. So I am confused what Francis is celebrating. Is it a traditional Marian view of women as only wives and mothers where they are "treated with dignity and respect" but paternalistically protected by men and are lesser than their husbands who they must "submit" to as head of the household? Or is it okay for women to not want to have twelve kids or be a stay-at-home mother? Am I a "sinful harlot" because I have a MBA and I don't particularly want to have children? (I just don't like children and am awful with them.)