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pope who believes in Dog?
Frankly, and again as a historian not a theologian, I find that I am called not to believe in the Church (whether as an institution or as a community) but to believe in the Gospel and I see the Church as the community with the mission of spreading that Gospel. The Church is not worthy my faith. As a human institution (even if it has foundations in a “divine origin”—i.e. it was founded by Jesus) the Church has proved itself over and over again as unworthy of our faith. But we as Church have a glorious mission of animating our human family with the message of God’s Kingdom, “on earth as it is in heaven.” Now that is something I can believe in. Apparently so does ‘Pope Frank.’ And seemingly so also may Mr. Maher, though he certainly doesn’t see the Catholic Church as an agent in transforming the world and he probably doesn’t see how these dreams of a “better world” find their greatest potential in the teachings of Jesus. And without putting words into the papal mouth, I think that what the Holy Father was trying to say is that all who embrace God’s Kingdom will find a place welcome for them in it. No, Pope Francis is no more an atheist than Mr. Maher is a Christian, but I am not sure he is the atheist he wants to be either.