Pope Francis spoke about the need to protect children within the family during his weekly general audience June 24.
By Phil Lawler
We were expecting something big from Pope Francis: something controversial, something that carried a heavy political charge. What he has given us is something bigger.
Laudato Si is more provocative, but less political, than what we expected. Those who try to twist the document into one ideological framework or another are doing a disservice not only to the Holy Father but also to those many potential readers who could profit from a careful perusal of the encyclical. The Pope has set out not to change public policies, but to convert private lives.
“In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned against the “counter-witness” of those who seek to follow both Jesus and worldly temptations, saying that to follow Christ means denying oneself and serving others.”