In his daily, off-the-cuff, non-magisterial fervorino, Pope Francis quoted Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World.
Let’s enter in medias res:
“If someone found the Book of the Covenant and if anyone obeyed the Law, the sentence of the king condemned him to death: and this is what we have read in newspapers in recent months” noted the Pope, observing that “these people have negotiated fidelity to the Lord.”
“These people, moved by the spirit of the world, have negotiated their own identity, have negotiated the belonging to a people, a people that God loves so much, that God wants as His people.”
Calling attention to the 20th century novel “Lord of the World” which focuses on this spirit of worldliness which leads to apostasy, Pope Francis cautioned against the attitude of wanting “be like everyone else,” which he referred to as an “adolescent progressivism.”
“What do you think?” he pressed, “that today human sacrifices are not made? Many, many people make human sacrifices and there are laws that protect them.”
Consider those who want to the Church to be governed by popular opinion. Consider those who think the Church’s teachings should change just because lots of people disagree, that the Church should conform to the world. Can you think of anyone who thinks along those lines?
Read the rest there and then come back and comment.
What is the Pope talking about? About whom is the Pope digressing?
He eviscerated “progressives“.
Not much on this yet from the Fishwrap. I’m just saying. I guess they have lots of other groooovy things to write about.