Pope Francis has, over the last few days, taken to Twitter and other media formats to display the message of his papacy. I will say openly that on many great issues of the day, the Pope and I are unlikely to agree. But I have often said, just because I can't agree with you 100% of the time doesn't mean I won't appreciate the support when we do agree.
And over the last few days, Pope Francis has preached a message we haven't heard often enough about the religious responsibility and how greed and avarice are not the traits we seek in those who believe in his faith and the good of humanity.
My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 2, 2013
What makes this message stand out isn't that he said it, it's that the Church over the last few weeks has taken a very aggressive stance on the nature of wages paid, the use of slave labor, and the conditions we ask workers to live in around the world.
The Twitter message came a day after Pope Francis ripped into the "slave labor" conditions at a Bangladesh factory whose collapse last week killed hundreds.It's not surprising that the Pope was beseiged on both sides of his twitter account; from those who openly oppose the policies of the vatican on everything from birth control to gay rights to those who seem to be opposed to his stance on workers or this 'new' approach to the church.. from "You Big Lefty" to "RINO" etc.
It's hard to know if it's sarcastic or a play against the idea, but it highlights the change in direction they are trying to construct.
There is very little Pope Francis can do, at this point, the bridges the major philosophical and religious differences that someone like myself has with the Roman Catholic church. But, on the issues on which we agree, I will more than welcome him to the party of those who speak out for social justice.
It doesn't mean I won't be using my concern over other issues tomorrow where our disagreements are vast, but I will not reject a partner today in a cause on which we both agree.