it's quite weird to see so many people reacting so strongly when the news of kim davis, the kentucky clerk who refused to do her job, met up with pope. all the sudden, people are crying in despair, waving their hands and calling him a hypocrite.
whoa. chill out for a bit here.
1. pope asking kim davis to change in public would be a poor form. (that would be forceful, whether it's right or not). public shaming or condemnation is not a great way to convert people. remember this is the man who said: who am i to judge?
2. if the meeting was made public, it wouldve been swarmed by 3rd parties, either in support or outrage, which would change the nature of the meeting.
3. popes traditionally give out possibly thousands of rosaries daily. so pope giving kim a rosary is not out of custom, nor it means he personally supports kim.
4. apparently he said: '(kim,) stay strong.' after all, yes, one should look right into the depth of their reasoning IF they would have any chance in the world in reversing their fundamental philosophy. and to look into oneself, one needs to be strong. being strong is not a bad thing! and being strong does not mean one is morally superior or even righteous. if she is to keep her idea, she needs to be strong. if she is to change her idea, she needs to be strong. bullying someone to be weak, to be pushed over, is not a proper discourse.
i dont think there's reason to panic. weve been duped many times, but remember, he also met prisoners at heavy duty prison in philadelphia and gave blessing and rosaries. doesnt mean that he promotes people to go whack their rival gangs...
if pope francis really did inspire one, this small incident should not pop all their bubble. if someone was mildly interested, yeah, it's also fine to gossip and pick faults. i dont think he did himself any favour by agreeing on this meeting, but hey, a man is free to meet whoever he wishes. and if we are to point fingers at things that we do not personally agree with, what is the point of having individuals in this world? if dalai lama met up with kim, would people have same volatile reaction? and no, he does not stand for an ideal man, he stands for a particular vision: to hold the will of christ in this physical world, and that is subjective, religiously defined, therefore cannot be a universal ideal. i donno.
it is a twisted time and it is an exciting time. it is a scary time yet it is our time.
rather than to fear, perhaps, we should eat fear for breakfast. after fear, courage tastes great.