George Bailey: Look, I think maybe you better not mention getting your wings around here.
Clarence: Why? Don’t they believe in angels?
George Bailey: A… Yeah, they believe in angels.
Clarence: Oh, oh! Why should they be surprised when they see one?
It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
Time Magazine is absolutely breathless about this story:
Pope Francis will have lunch on Saturday with some 90 inmates at a prison near Naples, including some that reportedly come from a ward housing gay, transgender and HIV-infected inmates.
You have to read the story a bit farther to get to this bit
The prisoners were chosen via raffle from the facility’s 1900 inmates,writes David Gibson, a top Vatican watcher at Religion News Service. Pope Francis intends to greet each prisoner after a short and simple meal, Vatican Radio reports.
The most telling part of this story to me is the tone. It appears Time believes this is a departure from what a priest does. Perhaps if they were a bit more familiar with scripture like this:
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”
Or maybe even this
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”
they would be less surprised but from reading that article one would think from their excitement that instead Priests spend all their time pointing at sinners and shouting Unclean! Unclean!
I think they need to be educated, cue Michael Kelly from the 2010 Catholic Men’s Conference in Worcester:
This was true long before Pope Francis was born and will be true long after he dies, however that doesn’t serve any narrative that Time or the MSM would care to discuss