A man I know said to me yesterday that I must be outraged about what Pope Francis is saying. I inwardly rolled my mind’s eye.

Let me just tell you who this guy is. He’s a professed non-believer. A former Catholic. The worst kind, right? And he’s a bit in your face about it too, if I’m being honest. (I’ve told him that so I think it’s ok to write here.) He occasionally reads my stuff here at The National Catholic Register because his wife is a Catholic who comes across my stuff occasionally.

He’s a funny guy who loves his wife and kids but when it comes to religion we’re not typically on the same side of the issue. Doesn’t mean we don’t have fun together when we’re standing on the sidelines at the kids’ games but it means that I just about never bring up issues about religion. He does, especially whenever there’s something particularly embarrassing in the news about the Church. So to put it bluntly he’s had a lot to talk about the past decade or so.

So anyway, he came up and said that I must be outraged about the pope. I asked him why he thought so. “Well, he’s a liberal, isn’t he?”

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