One of my colleagues was telling me that Loyola Press often gets complaints about our website. Some think we have so many photographs, competitions and slogans that we are frivolous and can’t be taken seriously. Others, apparently, believe that we are too boring, serious and unfriendly. It’s difficult to chart a middle course and strike the appropriate balance.
I find myself thinking about this on the day that Pope Francis officially begins his ponitifcate. People at both ends of the doctrinal and political spectrums – and in the middle! – are waiting to see on which side he will come down upon concerning the issues most dear to them.
Doubtless, over time, the Pope will take positions that will please and displease various groups… but, as a gift to the Holy Father, I am going to promise that I will presume his goodwill and good intent and, whenever humanly possible, give him the benefit of every doubt.
If it’s difficult for a little website to navigate between competing claims, I can hardly bear to think what it must be like for the Pope.