Millennial‘s Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig has recently joined The New Republic as a writer. In one of her first articles for TNR, she addresses some of the backlash against Pope Francis and the desire for a “a truly humble papacy, where politics is avoided, and where the personality of the occupant does not presage some reform.” She writes:
To expect Pope Francis to remain apolitical or to avoid politics is, therefore, to expect silence or awkward retreat on issues integral to Christian life, and to impose the modern notion of a “political sphere” upon an institution that has never really bought into such demarcations. Appreciate his conclusions or not, Pope Francis’s willingness to address politics makes his witness all the more authentic, and, yes, traditional.
The full article can be read here.