[Bumped for extra joy.]
Still and all, it always takes the wind out of your sails when the boss says "You overdid!"
At lunch I asked Pope Francis what his heart was for evangelism. He
smiled, knowing what was behind my question. His comment was, “I’m not
interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to
find Jesus in their own community. There are so many doctrines we will
never agree on. Let’s not spend our time on those. Rather, let’s be
about showing the love of Jesus."
Ah, well. It's a one-off, right? Not like it's a pattern or anything?
"When he speaks about evangelization, the idea is to evangelize Christians or Catholics," to reach "higher dimensions of faith" and a deepened commitment to social justice, Skorka said. "This is the idea of evangelization that Bergoglio is stressing — not to evangelize Jews. This he told me, on several opportunities."
"Ok, but that involves Jews, and that's a sore point, I think you'd have to--"
Bp Venables added that in a conversation with Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, the latter made it clear that he values the place of Anglicans in the Church universal.
"He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the Church needs us as Anglicans."
I suppose one could resort to the old standbys--he's playing Jedi mind tricks/reverse psychology games to get them to convert. Or the ever-green translation error argument, or the equally-popular "perhaps Rabbi Skorka and the Rev. Venables are deficient in Spanish or missed a colloquial nuance!" If you're feeling particularly feisty, the allegation that those who heard the Pope are filthy liars or otherwise besmirching the Pope's orthodoxy is another legitimate talking point.
Or I suppose you could just attack me for bringing it to your attention--also a popular approach.
Pour encourager les autres!
To say this one didn't sting would be a lie. The unspoken corollary is that converts to Catholicism themselves are unnecessary: "Sure, if you wanna, for some reason, I guess. But really, dude--you're overdoing it. Just praise Jesus with that group you were born into. Sheesh!"
I dunno about you, but I don't think I need any more pep talks from HQ.