Pop quiz: In the Pope Francis era, which of the following behaviors by a Catholic priest is most likely to result in disciplinary action imposed by his local bishop, who’s a Francis appointee?
- Openly advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, including support for same-sex marriage in defiance of official church teaching.
- Openly supporting physician assisted suicide and a “right to die” law, also in opposition to Catholic teaching.
- Publicly calling for a halt to the cherished Catholic tradition of erecting nativity sets for Christmas, on the grounds that it’s hypocritical to memorialize the birth of one child to a refugee family but to mistreat other refugees every day.
- Creating small-scale but successful for-profit operations, such as a restaurant and a bar, to generate income for charitable efforts that don’t have to rely on funding from the institutional church or individual donations.
To the extent that Father Luca Favarin of Padua is any indication, the correct answer turns out to be “D.”For Padua’s rebel priest, money rather than morals is the real problem | Crux