I think I understand what he is getting at. However, I don’t think this is the better approach, especially with young people.
At the end of his meeting with the Youth of Sicily today, Pope Francis refused to give the Pontifical Blessing, as not to offend the “many non-Catholic christians, those of other religions, and the agnostics” present pic.twitter.com/mnNEXp6scN
— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) September 15, 2018
Perhaps “refused” isn’t the right word. “Demured”? “Declined”? “Balked”?
It is hard to imagine that anyone would be offended by “A Pope who acts like a Pope”. Popes do certain things. It is expected of them. People are not surprised or, if they are sane, offended by a Pope who, for examples, teaches the perennial teaching of the Church on faith and morals, puts on certain vestments, or gives the Apostolic Benediction at the end of an audience of any kind. The only think that might surprise of offend would be a “A Pope who acts like a non-Pope” or maybe, “A Pope who does not act like a Pope”.
It seems to me that when the Sunday Angelus is recited in St. Peter’s Square, there are lots of non-Catholics. At Wednesday Audiences and other papal events, lots of non-Catholics. So, should there by no Apostolic Benediction?
I think I understand what he was proposing. I can’t bring myself to agree with the choice.