I recently came across a video of a certain West Coast bishop who was celebrating a Latin Mass with a group of very “traditionalist” priests in birettas and fiddle-back vestments. The bishop preached to them with all the pomp and circumstance of a Medieval prince addressing his courtiers and he seemed positively aglow with satisfaction.
I doubt if he and Pope Francis see exactly eye-to-eye on the Church’s priorities.
Pope Francis does not want a Church that looks defensively inward to its own glory and perfection (ha!) but, in that glorious phrase, he wants us to be a “field hospital.” Triage of the wounded is a tough, demanding and often messy task… but the results can be extraordinary – lives saved in the nick of time.
People are waiting for the Gospel. Please God, we can help more people understand that it is only Good News.
Read The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis.