I will agree that the current pope is better than many of his predecessors. But the new media are treating him like he is Christ himself (whom of course does not exist). Does the pope’s visit really merit the wall-to-wall coverage he is getting from CNN, MSNBC, and elsewhere? Do professional journalists really need to get starry-eyed and sometimes even teary-eyed over the visit of the pontiff? And yes, it is true the Francis has shifted focus to social justice, do we really need to laud him for that? Shouldn’t the Church have been focused on these issues long ago? And the pope remains very conservative on women’s issues.
In short, though he is a step up from some of his predecessors, by maintaining the authority of the institutional Church, the pope remains an enemy of free inquiry and unfettered rational thought.
At any rate, I am feeling a bit “poped out.” I am sick of hearing ad nauseum about every trivial detail of the pope’s visit to the US east coast.