William Schmitt | September 2, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
The media continually dissect statements from Pope Francis. When he says, “Who am I to judge?” or “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion,” they speculate: Is Francis reversing Church teaching?
What I was reading and hearing about Pope Francis made me hungry to read his own words, minus the media slant. I was grateful when his The Joy of the Gospel was published last year. Now I’m poring over this “apostolic exhortation” in some depth, with the fellowship of my brothers and sisters professed in the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO). In small group chats during our monthly local fraternity meetings, my hunger is being satisfied.