'He's been a bit naive,' wrote the editor on Pope Francis in the December Public Square, while admitting he's also been 'a bit astute.'.

Author:Mills, David
Position:WHILE WE'RE AT IT - Brief article
 
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"He's been a bit naive," wrote the editor on Pope Francis in the December Public Square, while admitting he's also been "a bit astute." Francis' words "have given unhelpful encouragement to those who would like the Catholic Church to surrender and accept the dominance of our secular elite."

I'm not so sure Francis is as naive as Rusty and many others think. As I wrote about Benedict, the press has a settled narrative through which it interprets the papacy. The pope can't do much if anything to change it.

For Benedict, it began with the "God's Rottweiler" nonsense and when that proved unusable because it was so clearly untrue, a new narrative developed, reaching maturity about five years into his papacy. The new story claimed that Benedict is old and feeble and an intellectual out of place, who just can't run the Church. It's the patronizing story, not the...

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