This essential conflict is the foundation stone of Francis’ worldview. Once we understand that we will understand Francis. The conflict between the Lord of this world and the Christ the King makes sense of everything else Francis does. This explains his defense of the poor, and his anger against abortion. This explains his support of the family and his pastoral concern for those alienated by legalism. This explains his opposition to relentless greed and the oppression of immigrants. This explains his concern for the environment and his concern for the elderly, the unborn, the infirm and his support for the fragile gift of marriage and family.
If we can see that Satan’s secular kingdom is in conflict with Christ’s kingdom of truth, beauty and goodness we will understand Francis, for he is a pope who believes passionately in the importance and urgency of the spiritual battle. That perspective gives meaning and credence to everything that he does and says, and when we understand this we will understand this most enigmatic and disconcerting of popes.
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Understanding the Apocalyptic Vision of Pope Francis
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Fr Dwight Longenecker - published on 01/29/15
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