Okay, I am a Protestant. I get that. This is why I believe there are many things wrong with the papacy, and that is not even counting the barnacles. But hope springs eternal, and every time a new pope is selected, a lot of people — including Protestants who should know better — start yearning for some kind of new thing to burst forth.
The occasion for these comments is an interview that Pope Francis recently granted, an account of which you may read here.
“His surprising comments came in a lengthy interview in which he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized.”
For the present, I simply want to level one criticism, which is that the new pope is busy surfing the waves of contemporary incoherence. This is what I mean. “Do not put dogma before love” sounds dogmatic to me. And “serving the poor and marginalized” over against moral doctrine is a moral doctrine.
This does not bode well.