Is Pope Francis Making Priests’ Work Harder?

This was the question posed to me by Rod Dreher (author of Crunchy Cons: The New Conservative Counterculture and Its Return to Roots and, more recently, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life).  You can read my response here.


  • Bob says:

    It is a bold statement to say that it is the media, not the Church, that is obsessed with homosexuality, abortion, and marriage. Accurate but bold.

  • Fr. Peter says:

    It is kind of you to suggest that I am bold in making that observation. To me, it is simply manifest, but then my interactions with the media and Church are of a somewhat different sort than most persons’.

  • detectivetom says:

    I too have been approached by people, knowing I attend Mass faithfully, as well as Vigils, who think the Church is changing. I tell them nothing as changed and say Church doctrine is still the same. I then continue it has always come down to forgive the sinner but not the sin.

    I believe the news media, which is anti-Catholic, is hoping the Church will allow gay marriages and believe this is a step in that direction. The same for abortion.

    Will priests have to work harder? I do not know, but the priests (and monks) i know are pretty hard working already and have a strong committment to the Church.

    A columnist for Chicago Sun-Times, who regularly bashes the Church, although he thinks not, wrote this week glowingly of the Pope’s remarks. This is a good thing, I think, although he is still confused of Church teachings.

  • Fr. Peter says:

    Tom–this is my experience since Pope Francis’s election, that everywhere I go, people want to hear what I think of him. This gives me an opportunity to talk about the Church, about God and people’s fears about both. To me, this is a good thing, though it definitely is not always easy to address these questions and fears. It is better than not talking about them.

  • Kevin says:

    Pope Francis has people of all faiths excited to discuss things concerning Christian service, Catholicism, what we believe and what we practice – overall I think it is wonderful that Pope Francis’ fresh view and relatively open comments and statements (by word and act) is bringing folks to look at our faith. As for the issue of homosexuality, I think Pope Francis hit the nail on the head – as a Church we have to stop talking about lifetsyle and focus on love – this is not the media’s problem – it is ours – Kevin