It seems as if many are watching the Vatican to see what Pope Francis is going to do. Lord knows there are mistakes to be cleaned up.
Being human, and being an expert at making mistakes, I accept the fact that churches and their leaders do the same.
My family is not particularly fond of my mistakes, and I’m not fond of the church’s mistakes.
The relationship between science and theology, for example. The church decided that the sun went around the earth, and when Galileo took a “responsible opposing view” the gloves came off.
The problem was that Galileo was right and the church was wrong.
CNN quoted Monsignor Tomasz Trafny, the Director of the Vatican’s Science and Faith Foundation as saying, “There was a time when theologians thought they understood everything… If you look at what is going on today you will see that theologians are very careful about what they are thinking or speaking about related to scientific issues.” [Click for CNN article]
This is good.
As much as I like the pastor at our church, he can’t seem to tell me why my car makes that funny noise, how to get my lawn to look better and we won’t even talk about how bad his advice was on my golf game.
Nevertheless, on spiritual matters he’s good to have around.