方济各教皇的真正任务

格兰岱尔,加利福尼亚—作为最恪守传统的宗教之一,天主教的核心中包含着一个悖论。这个悖论正在变得日益尖锐。随着方济各教皇开始了他的第一次海外之行——前往全球天主教徒人数最多的国家巴西——我们很难看清天主教的方向,尽管我们有过去的惯性可以参考。

贝尔格里奥(Jorge Mario Bergoglio)问鼎教皇宝座让这个谜团更加扑朔迷离了。这位教廷首席耶稣会神父曾被成为“黑教皇”,因为他的教袍颜色纯黑(如果不是他别有用心的话)。如今,耶稣会士第一次成为教皇,而且还用了一个相当不“耶稣会”的名字——方济各,这进一步增加了离奇性。

正如这些动作在一个以意象而繁荣昌盛的机构颇可古怪,它们属于象征性的虚饰。我们已经看腻了方济各亲吻婴孩的照片;如今他在巴西和全世界所面对的是实实在在的战略问题。

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