THE whirlwind that is Pope Francis is again firing off bombshells. This time with the words:
“I believe in God, not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation,” he said — phrases that are likely to further raise the ire of traditionalists who have been flummoxed and often infuriated by Francis’ willingness to upend the church’s long-standing customs.
“Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is Good. … Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”
Francis also made it clear that a chief evil in the church was the “narcissism” of its leaders and the command-and-control way of operating from Rome, even calling the papal court a “leprosy of the papacy.”