Intellectual Deficiency in Francis’ Papacy

Intellectual Deficiency in Francis’ Papacy

[Pope St. Pius X was not as “intellectually powerful” as his immediate predecessor, Leo XIII, but quite effective in combating the Modernism that crept into the Church during the latter part of Leo’s papacy (1878-1903, from age 68 to 93)]

The English journalist and former editor of the Daily Telegraph, Charles Moore, believes that Pope Francis is not as intellectually powerful as his predecessors. Speaking to the Messenger of St Anthony he explained, “I think this intellectual deficiency in his papacy may also be causing some organizational deficiencies and a slight sense of confusion.”

Moore converted to Catholicism after the Anglican decision to ordain women in the 1990s, “It indicated to me that the Anglican Church was more sectarian than it realised.“

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One comment on “Intellectual Deficiency in Francis’ Papacy

  1. There are both class and cultural issues involved. Bergoglio’s response to Catholic and political controversies is emotional. Hence, the tendency toward flippancy. This is NOT the way that Catholic issues of doctrine, faith, and morals should be addressed. His use of emotional rhetoric to ridicule opponents (too rigid, neo-Pelagian triumphalism, small-minded rules, etc.) and vague rhetorical questions (“Who am I to judge?”) have caused confusion and disorientation. It’s appalling that the Pope of the Catholic Church is addressing questions of doctrine in this way.

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