So moving despite all the criticism, to see this compassionate gesture in the face of the greatest refugee crisis of our times. I suspect history will look back on this mercurial, passionate and tender-hearted Pope far more kindly than his contemporaries.
Perhaps what the lack of resistance suggests is that Francis’ accent on what might be called an “Ecumenism of the Here and Now” is actually working.
In a nutshell, when Francis reaches out to other Christians, or for that matter followers of other faiths, he does not begin with history, with what went wrong in the past. Instead, he focuses on the present, and what the two parties can do together right now to move the ball on their shared social, political and cultural concerns.