I just could not get into the weeds of Pope Francis accusation that gun manufacturers are unChristian.
Meanwhile, he is acting gaga for communists, tyrants and murderers of the innocents.
Maybe he's grooming us for an encyclical about wearing shoes and fur coats as he is shoving heresies down our throats.
The big picture of ambiguity and a show about nothing for the moral leader of the world is not resonating with anyone. He is rambling on like the rest of us instead of assuming his role as a Pope and it is noticeable even to the uncatechized:
The inconsistency is unmistakeable. To bomb a railway, you need bombs. Somebody has to make them, but now he's saying the people who do such work are not practicing Christian beliefs.
This week, the Pope has not sounded analytical. He has sounded exasperated and frustrated by the world condition, and more than a little bitter.
In other words, Pope Francis sounds like most of us. The problem is that he is not like most of us. He's the Pope...
The last thing the Roman Catholic Church needs is a dull, disengaged Pope. The second-to-last thing it needs is a Vatican version of Jerry Springer or Donald Trump.
I am sorry if that sounds irreverent, which it does, but that is because I am getting exasperated and frustrated, too, and a little nervous as well. An outspoken, spirited Pope who takes an up-front leadership role has tremendous potential for good, not just to the church but the world as well.
That ancient principle - when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing nobody. Christ gave it even more clarity. You are neither here nor there and I will spit you out of my mouth.