Mary Eberstadt Reads Pope Francis

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

and finds a “Trojan Pope.”

She writes

As any Pope named Francis already knows, the bridge between the religious and secular world is obviously a two-way street. If it’s wrong to treat animals as mere things – if doing so is one more corruption born of a “consumerist” mindset – then how is it all right to regard unborn human beings under the blithe rubric of “choice”? Can a secular world be persuaded that compassion for living creatures of all kinds doesn’t start and end at the slaughterhouse door? Evangelii Gaudium, like the pope himself, minces no words on what it means to have a consistent ethic of life: “Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us.”

In sum, what political partisans battling to claim Francis as their own don’t yet seem to understand is that neither Evangelii Gaudium nor Francis I himself is letting anyone off the hook for inconsistency. This includes the pope’s latest secular fans, who don’t yet see the quid pro quo being exacted from them in turn.