The Pope’s Peculiar Take on the Council – and America

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on Pope Francis’s statements about Americans supposedly rejecting the Second Vatican Council:

“I mention all of this not only to suggest that Americans ought not be surprised if people from elsewhere in the world don’t see us the way we see ourselves. I also mention this because none of it seems sufficient to explain the peculiar view Pope Francis (or those advising him) seem to have of the Church in the United States…

I mean he seems to be operating on an idea of the Church in the United States which bears little resemblance to the reality of Catholic life in the US.”

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*Image: Pope Francis speaks with the editors of European Jesuit cultural journals [Source: Catholic Outlook]