Pope Francis may be turning the Catholic Church into a "liquid society" where uncertainty and change are constant, according to a prominent Italian Catholic journalist who had interviewed Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1984.
In the latest edition of the Il Timone Italian Catholic magazine, Vittorio Messori said he was bothered by the fact that the Catholic Church appeared to be embracing the trend of having change as the "only permanent thing." He used the term "liquid modernity" to describe this trend, an idea which was first introduced by Polish Jewish sociologist Zygmut Bauman, the National Catholic Register detailed.
In addition, Messori also cited a recent interview with Jesuit leader Father Arturo Sosa whom he said had "liquefied the Gospel" when he noted that people could adapt the Gospel based on the changing times since Christ's words had not been caught on tape.
Messori slammed Pope Francis for being prone to adapting the same attitude. He noted that the pontiff had recently warned Catholics against the temptation of having rigid rules instead of making decisions based on the situation.
For Messori, the Catholic Church's "stability and firmness" were what people needed amidst a "liquid world" full of change and uncertainty. He suggested that maybe it was time to apply the Carthusians motto of Stat crux dum volvitur orbis [The Cross is steady while the world turns] to the Church as a whole.
The Guardian described Pope Francis as one of the world's "most hated men" --- but not by atheists and those from other faiths. His "Who am I to judge?" comments on gay people and his other unique traits and practices made him soar to popularity, but it also stirred fear among some conservatives who think his spirit will cause division in the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis notably sparked a huge controversy by breaking a long Catholic tradition of denying communion to divorced, remarried, and cohabiting couples. His opponents within the Church have attempted to force him to renounce his views on the issue, but he continues to stand his ground despite these setbacks.