By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK
As with all things Catholic and all things in life, we must always put the most charitable interpretation on events that come to our attention. If they come to our knowledge through sinful curiosity, it is, of course, none of our business. In our voyeuristic culture, however, where the news cycle knows no sleep and many people record their entire existence on the Internet, it becomes increasingly heroically virtuous to observe private boundaries in our culture and to ask that others do the same. In this milieu almost every word and action of Pope Francis is recorded, analyzed, and spun.
To our Holy Father Pope Francis we owe a great deal in the way of respect for he is the Vicar of Christ: There is no office on Earth more important to Christ and His plan for our salvation in and through the Church. To the Pope, and his Successors, we owe obedience of intellect and will as he reaffirms Church moral teaching. We owe our assent likewise if he should, as has happened very rarely in … Continue Reading