Pretty much every Catholic knows that younger priests, for reasons discussed ad nauseam, tend to skew more “conservative”.

Pretty much every Catholic knows that Pope Francis, by his own honest admission, skews more “liberal”.

These are broad generalizations, and I raise them only to help make a point:

I know a lot of younger clergy who have been really challenged by Pope Francis, but who have ALLOWED Francis to lead them,
who have worked hard at doing more for the poor
who have taken a hard look at their priesthood and been open to the possibility of growth
who have been open to the possibility that they need to grow
who do believe that the Holy Spirit was, in fact, behind Pope Francis’ election

I raise this just to say that I did not witness this “openness” from older more “liberal” clergy with regard to Pope Benedict.


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Father John Hollowell (654 Posts)

Oldest of 11 children. Catholic Priest. Fan of God, my family and friends, Pope Benedict, John of the Cross, good movies, and football (but not football commercials).