But really, who can know? The usual suspects will seize upon any ambiguity to promote their agenda, and that will shape perceptions, and reality. Conservatives will become disenheartened. The sheep will be confused.
When the Church changes something, that will be worth paying attention to. Until then, I recognize it is just unhealthy for me to run this way and that based on the latest interview by Pope Francis. In charity and obedience, I will assume he is doing what seems best, and I will make an effort to pray for him and his intentions. (A standard requirement for indulgences.) Another Lenten exercise.
Here are the Pope's intentions through Lent from EWTN.
- Respect for Women. That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
- Vocations. That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
- Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
- Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.