There is all this talk about the new Pope needing to be a “reformer”. What would he reform?
I think a way to describe the conservative Church’s problems, in general, is that it does not focus on problems the average person identifies with. Let’s look at secular nonprofits and how they present themselves.
How many have seen the pictures of starving babies with large looking heads and almost no bodies? Most people would understand starvation is something we need to solve.
There are stories of homeless families. Homelessness is a social problem easily understood by the average person.
There was a day when churches were looked to for these problems. What the Catholic Church and conservative Protestant denominations talk about most passionately today are other things. One is a bureaucratic problem of being required to add something to their health insurance plans they do not want to add. Church hierarchies have assigned a name not easily understood, “religious liberty”.
Or, what about a preacher/priest complaining they may be required to marry two people you will never know and could care less about? First of all, it is a potential, not real time, problem. Second, it is not your problem.
“Religious liberty” does not tug at the heart string or leave one feeling guilty about not doing anything. A picture of a starving child or homeless family does both.
We saw the Pope lift off in a private helicopter. The kind of concerns people understand were left behind.
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