For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3
"...For this is a rebellious people, false sons, Sons who refuse to listen To the instruction of the LORD; Who say to the seers, "You must not see visions"; And to the prophets, "You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions.
"Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel."
I'm afraid I find both the headline - and the inevitable long, long list of "Amen"s on Facebook which always follow any story like this - more than a little disturbing. Do Catholics no longer have any sense of discernment?
Does anyone remember any more that "unprecedented" is not something that can be applied to anything Catholic in a positive way? Innovation is for technology, not for the truth.
I find this Francismania disturbing for many reasons, but one of the main ones is that it is a manifestation of Fantasy, the dangers of which I have written before. It is centred more on an idea than a person.
I've seen this a lot in the modern world, particularly in celebrity-culture: people create a phantasm in their brains, a kind of puppet, and equip it with the appearance of their latest crush, and then make it dance to their preferences. Many of us did this with Pope Ratzinger, and we were deceived. Many of us still have yet to face the realities there.
But, fool me once...
In the current case, the more I learn about the real man, the more this phenomenon disturbs me.
Give up Fantasy. Only the Real counts.