The windows Pope Francis has opened

23 Dec

Pope Francis is Time‘s Person of the Year. Even before this, he was attracting much attention, whether for his comments to reporters on an airplane or for his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

American religious historian (and Episcopal priest) Randall Balmer has a judicious “read” on Pope Francis at Then and Now, the historical op-ed blog at Christian Century. The pope is not easily categorized, notes Balmer:

If the tired dualism of liberal-conservative doesn’t suffice, how should we understand the pope instead? Francis at the very least has elevated the theology of compassion to equal status with the rhetoric of condemnation. The departure so far lies not so much in ideology as in inflection. Francis has repeatedly invoked Jesus’ teachings about the supremacy of love, and he has chided bishops for being “obsessed” with sexual sins.

To find Balmer’s entire piece, go here:

The windows Pope Francis has opened | The Christian Century.

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