Michael J. O’Loughlin, national correspondent fo America magazine, has written an insightful analysis of Pope Francis’ church reform agenda, entitled: “Walking With Peter: A confident pope sets a new example for governing the church.” His introductory paragraphs offer a wise reminder to anyone working for justice in the Church, particularly LGBT justice:
“Taking a few steps is something most people take for granted. It is a fairly easy process at first thought, just one leg in front of the other. But the physical mechanics of beginning a journey are far more complex. Dozens of muscles must expand as others simultaneously contract, creating various tensions in the body that propel us forward. Though often viewed as something to be massaged away, tension is in fact a sign that we are alive.
“If the church functions like a human body, as St. Paul claims, then it follows that within it there must be tensions.”
It’s good to keep that in mind when the going gets rough.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry,