Figuring Out How to Deal with Pope Francis


What’s the deal with Pope Francis?

If you’re a Roman Catholic, you are obliged to believe that he’s the leader that God wants the Church to have right now. Contrary to popular misunderstanding, however, that does not mean every statement or action that he undertakes is infallible.

After all, people’s words and actions can have different consequences across the years than might seem probable while they’re happening. Think of Peter’s denial of Jesus. A pundit on the ground in ancient Jerusalem might have opined that Peter, the first pope, had all but killed the infant Church in the process of its messy birth. God had other plans.

Continue reading in the Providence Journal.

  • Xxxxxxxxx

    What is the point of this essay?

    • Oooooooo

      You need to accept the premise that only Justin is infallible before you read his musings.

  • D. S. Crockett

    I don’t know if my ancestor ever based an opinion vis a vie Christianity, but whether Saint Peter was actually the so-called first Pope is open to speculation. See:

  • Warrington Faust

    It has taken centuries of rehab for the Pope to develop into a “force for
    good”. Despite all of the “money laundering”, “child molestation” and other
    shenanigans, I truly believe that the last few generations of Popes have meant
    well. I also have to consider the idea that we simply had a common enemy in
    Communism. I cannot say I am pleased to observe that when the Pope might really
    be needed, he seems to have lost relevance to the “First World”. Claims of
    “divine right” are poorly received there and he must make his appeal to logic
    and “man’s better nature”. Just last night I attended a discussion club meeting
    where one of the members took up much time with an atheistic screed. I couldn’t
    help but think that not so long ago he would have been ostracized. Most just
    smiled and wondered why atheists feel such a need to declare themselves and
    expound on their anti-theology.