Pope asks bishops, young people to drop their prejudices as synod begins — without naming one of them

I have to wonder about this regular-as-rain reference to clericalism as the root of evil, as if to steer us away from the very idea of a gay church network as contributing to the current crisis, even hijacking the “perversion” word.

“Clericalism is a perversion and is the root of many evils in the church,” Pope Francis said Oct. 3 at the synod’s first working session.

Without naming one of the evils either. And supplying what becomes a bromide in the present context.

It’s not a perversion, anyhow, but as old as the apostles fighting with each other and keeping the children away from the Master — human nature asserting itself.

He offers what in the present circumstances is a bromide — again unspecified. Forgiveness for what? Asked by whom? The kids in attendance?

“We must humbly ask forgiveness for this [?] and above all create the conditions so that it [what?] is not repeated.

So much to be inferred, guessed at, only imagined. But can he get specific?

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