Is the Pope TOO Popular?
This is the first Christmas with Pope Francis in the papacy and it is crystal clear that his reign is completely different from his immediate predecessor. It’s starting to look to be completely different from any of his predecessors. This is a pope who seems to be as close to universally liked as any in history.
Is he too popular?
That’s a strange question to ask considering that one of the duties of the Pope is to spread a message of universal love across the world, but there’s an alarming trait that he exudes that few are talking about. Christianity in its very nature is a polarizing subject, particularly in today’s society, and the Catholic church is near the extreme end on the polarization scale. For a man to come into office, make the waves he has been making so far, and still hit his first Christmas with an 88% approval rating amongst American Catholics is not only unprecedented. To the skeptical observer, it seems unnatural at best and nefarious at worst.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that the Pope has bad intentions. It’s simply astonishing that the circumstances behind his rise, from the unthinkable resignation of his predecessor to his embracing of doctrines that don’t quite jive with traditional Catholic thoughts, should make one wonder what forces are behind his ascension to become arguably the most successful 1st-year Pope in history.
Does he have an incredible PR team behind him? Is his non-traditional methodology so fresh that he has simply taken everyone by surprise? Was his predecessor so disliked that Francis is the benefactor of being the replacement of someone that nobody really liked?
I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t trust the guy. I’m not even suggesting that he’s important enough in the whole scheme of things to have much of an influence outside of the Catholic church. All I am suggesting is that we watch and see where he’s going with his reign. To jump so high on the popularity scale seems almost supernatural. Eyes open – that’s all.