方济各的福音书

格兰岱尔,加利福尼亚州—教皇若望二十三世和教皇若望·保禄二世是现代天主教的奇异组合。叔辈的若望二十三世希望放松墨守成规的天主教,而好斗的若望·保禄二世致力于遏制在他看来有些越界的第二次梵蒂冈公会(Second Vatican Council),而这次会议的发起人正是若望二十三世。他俩的思想看起来截然相反。然而教皇方济各将在本月将二人封圣——这一出人意料的动作或许可以一窥他对天主教的目标。

最显而易见的含义是,方济各对极化十分厌倦,希望两人同时封圣有助于促进“大一统”的天主教,吸引更广泛的教众。方济各显然强烈反对发动这样的变化;他的政治资本非常雄厚,成为教皇之初甚至要超过美国总统奥巴马。人们似乎十分欣赏他用例子和行动,而不是用教皇通谕教导众人的偏好——协调在第二次梵蒂冈公会问题上立场对立的两位教皇就是明证。

这一战略足以让松散的天主教回归团结吗?足以弥合“若望·保禄二世牧师”的保守一代与更年轻、更倾向自由主义的天主教徒之间的分歧吗?牧师公会中的顽固势力会服从方济各的变革吗?

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