Настоящая миссия папы Франциска

ГЛЕНДЕЙЛ, КАЛИФОРНИЯ – Католицизм, в числе наиболее консервативных религий, содержит в своей основе парадокс, который становится все более очевидным. В то время как папа Франциск начинает свою первую заграничную поездку – в Бразилию, самую большую по населению католическую страну мира, – трудно, несмотря на инерцию прошлого, сказать, куда направляется церковь.

Головоломка усложняется избранием на папский престол Хорхе Марио Бергольо. Раньше главного духовного отца иезуитов при папском дворе называли «черным священником» из-за его простой черной рясы (если не за его зловещие намерения). Теперь же, впервые в истории иезуит стал Папой Римским – и усложнил это новшество, взяв абсолютно неиезуитское имя Франциск.

Какими бы любопытными ни были такие поступки в учреждении, процветающем за счет образов, они являются символическими украшениями. Уже появилось множество фотографий, на которых Франциск целует младенцев; теперь же он столкнется (в Бразилии и во всем мире) со стратегическими по своей сути проблемами.

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