I saw at the Omaha World Herald a funny analysis of the “Francis Effect”. It’s funny, but not because it is humorous. The piece combines information from those bastions of objective reporting on Church matters, AP and the New York Times (aka Hell’s Bible).
I enjoyed this line:
Eileen Burke-Sullivan, a Creighton University associate professor of theology, said the pope’s comments are a dramatic example of his continuing effort to set a more merciful tone for the church.
“All too often, the Catholic Church comes across as heavy-handed, archconservative and uncaring,” said Burke-Sullivan.
Archconservative? Perhaps Elieen lives on another planet. WHERE is the Church anywhere close to “archconservative”.
Maybe she thinks the Church is “archconservative”, compared to her own notions, but the claim that the Catholic Church manifests itself as “archconservative”, even when raising her voice in the midst of US policy battles, is risible.
Where is this “archconservative” Church? I’d like to visit it someday!