When I was going through RCIA, I was told that the Catholic Church - apparently unlike Protestants - doesn't elevate our religious leaders to celebrity status. We don't make it about them. We make it about God. And that's how we like it. No spotlight ministries or rock star pastors. Catholics always point to Christ, not ordained celebrities.
I thought of that when I saw this:
We'll set aside Ms. Eden's ongoing crusade to perpetually condemn the sins of Catholics where antisemitism is concerned. That's what comes from swinging left of center. As one of my boys has said, when your resume of generational accomplishments is as blank as ours, condemning the sins of those who came before is about all you have left.
But the 'Pope Francis Generation' caught my attention. Sorry, but that seems very celebrity-spotlight-rock star-ordained minister to my eyes. We're not the Catholic, the faithful, or even the 21st Century Catholic generation. We're the Pope Francis Generation! I'm trying to recall any Protestants I remember saying that we were the Billy Graham generation or the Rick Warren generation. Nope. Not remembering it.
But these are the values inspired by Pope Francis. Not only are we at our best when we perpetually call out the sins of those not-me Catholics-who-lived-before-me. But the rules, like not celebrating the priesthood as rock stars the way Protestant do, can change to keep up with the always improving times. Which might be the true legacy of Pope Francis. In the end, there is nothing that can't be changed when it comes to changing what can't be changed.