Phil Lawler has a disquieting ability to pay close attention to what Pope Francis says:
The observation that many churches, which until a few years ago were necessary, are now no longer thus, due to a lack of faithful and clergy, or a different distribution of the population between cities and rural areas, should be welcomed in the Church not with anxiety, but as a sign of the times that invites us to reflection and requires us to adapt.
Those are the words of Pope Francis, as reported by the Vatican press office. The emphasis is mine.
If some day I arrive in a hospital emergency room bleeding profusely from gaping wounds, I’d like to think that the doctors would respond to (not exactly “welcome”) my arrival “with anxiety.” Because anxiety would be warranted.
Go here to read the rest. As Pope Francis leads the Church into spiritual bankruptcy he seems to be adopting a What, Me Worry? philosophy from Mad Magazine. The “solution” of Pope Francis seems to be to to have the Church embrace the political sacred cows of the chattering classes of the Left, and to soft pedal or deep six the teachings those chattering classes object to. Been there, done that by most of the main line Protestant churches in the West, and the result is empty pews and membership dwindling to extinction. PopeWatch guesses that for Pope Francis all this are features and not bugs.