The lesson here is : do not underestimate the power of hardliners in the Vatican Curia to oppose Pope Francis' agenda of openness to dialogue and change in the Catholic Church. One example is Pope Francis recent announcement of a commission to study women deacons. Some of the Curia fear the changes that a church that treats women as equals and partners, like Jesus did in the Gospels. Indeed, ordaining women deacons could be a first step towards gender equality that could shake the patriarchal power structure to its core!
The Pope's recent apology to gays and mistreated women open doors to further dialogue and much needed healing in our church. While these words must be followed by changes in teaching, policies and laws , Pope Francis has made a courageous beginning.
My prayer is that Pope Francis hangs in there through the hostility and opposition! It is important to stand together as a church, one in Christ, in loving solidarity, united in our diversity for justice, equality and renewal!