The Common Good

A Tale Of Two Francises

Source: US Catholic
Date: February 28, 2014

Last week, Loyola Press here in Chicago announced that it had acquired the rights for the English edition of Pope Francis’ first book as pope. Titled The Church of Mercy, the book will be a collection of essays, speeches, and homilies from the first year of his papacy and is expected to hit book stores in time for Easter…
I’m not sure whether this set-up as the anti-Francis was deliberate, but to me the contrast was striking indeed. Over at Sojourners, the Rev. Greg Coates also noticed “The Anti(Gospel) of Francis Underwood”: “I was left in awe at the show’s brutal honesty of what a life purely committed to power potentially looks like.” In the end, Coats says, the show poses a crucial question to us viewers: “Will you follow the way of violent power or will you follow the way of self-sacrificial love? Will you trample over others or will you empty yourself, taking the very nature of a servant? In short, will you choose the way of Francis Underwood or the way of Jesus Christ?”
Given Pope Francis’ theme of mercy and the anti-Francis’ theme of “ruthless pragmatism,” I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch to rephrase that last sentence: “Will you choose the way of Francis Underwood or the way or Pope Francis?”