More specifically, I've been steadfastly refusing to jump through any vetting hoops relative to giving talks or workshops about social media at Roman Catholic-sponsored conferences. My current response is, "Invite me or don't invite me." Lord, have mercy.
Back to this morning's cause for joy; an interview with Pope Francis in la Repubblica.it conducted and reported by Eugenio Scalfari. Even before reading the transcript, I was transfixed by this in Scalfari's head note:
"I don't know how to end this call and let myself go, saying: 'Can I embrace you by phone?' 'Of course, a hug from me too. Then we will do it in person, goodbye.'"Then, after sitting with that for a bit, I read the rest of the interview, which includes a frank and respectful exchange about belief and God. As a Jew who embraced Christianity relatively late in life, I loved reading this:
─ Pope Francis
My big plan is to focus on this truth because given my current mood, I'm more likely to dwell on how Pope Francis calls out the rampant narcissism among church leaders "Clericalism," he says, "should have nothing to do with Christianity." Amen.
Read the entire interview here: http://bit.ly/18KkQ9l