Friday, September 20, 2013

"Tolle lege, tolle lege" ("Take it and read!"): On Pope Francis' Interview

I've now twice read the interview with Pope Francis published in America yesterday.  The last thing that is needed is for me to add my thoughts to the mass of words already written about this astounding interview.  The interview itself is accessible but very rich, and will therefore require multiple readings.  I've had the opportunity to look at a few different perspectives on the text.  Some want to focus on the comments Pope Francis made about sexuality and about not ever being a "right-winger" and who therefore portray the pope as the anti-Benedict, while others are doing everything they can to portray Francis as simply a kinder, gentler Benedict who isn't changing anything but tone.  Neither of these are accurate representations of the interview or of the pope.

It is worthwhile, and even necessary, to read a wide range of perspectives on the pope's words.  But might I humbly suggest that you read the interview for yourself?  It is, as already noted, an incredibly rich and welcoming text, and I found the experience of reading it to be profoundly moving, almost like I had spent the time in prayer alongside of him.  I wrote yesterday about being transformed through an experience of Beauty.  This is what I experienced when reading the interview.

So, just as the Augustine was instructed in the garden of Milan, so I suggest to you: "Tolle lege, tolle lege" - "Take it and read, take it and read!".

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  1. Never mind that this unspeakably vile movie was wildly popular with Cristians, both Cathoic and Protestant.

    Not much beauty to be found there!

    Indeed it was accompanied by a ratcheting up of the applied politics of cruelty all over the world, much of which was supported by right-wing Christians both Catholic & Protestant, with the right-wing think-tanks providing the ideological justifications for what was done.
    Then of course there is this unspeakably vile outfit which trained the murderous thugs who rampaged across Central and South America prior to that. An outfit which was strongly supported by right-wing Christians.

    1. I'm really quite unsure how your comments apply to the post.

    2. In Central and South America many Catholics were martyred, so I don't know why you talk about right-wing Christians. Those Christians never really used their religion or justified their religion for the actions they did. As for the Passion, I don't know how that movie can make you support torture when it portrays it negatively. If anything, it can be used as an anti-torture movie.

  2. I, too, found the interview moving and felt as in prayer. In fact it struck me as a call to prayer and discernment.