The pope speaks

So, Pope Francis talked. Big-time. You’ve heard of this?

In August, the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor-in-chief of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, interviewed the pope in cooperation with several other Jesuit magazines. Last Thursday, they simultaneously released his interview. America has the English version, officially postdated for their Sept. 30 issue.

The commentariat promptly sprang into action. Everybody fell over each other to read the latest tea leaves. The result was a wagon-load of hasty “insta-responses,” as one of my Twitter peeps called them. Recognizing this, I will refrain from offering some grand, sweeping narrative of what Francis meant.

But still, I was moved and relieved by various papal remarks. I will highlight a partial selection:

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Blessed are the apologeticists; the Kingdom of Catholic Media belongs to them (The Badattitudes)

This post is the first in a series I’m calling The Badattitudes, which are Beatitudes that did not make the cut at the Sermon on the Mount, but are followed as though they were.

I know what you’re thinking. “Apologeticists” is not a real word; I meant to say “apologists,” right? Just bear with me.

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