“Pope Francis is a man of great spirituality who is known for his commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy as well as for his simplicity of life,” Rev. Sirico said in a statement shortly after the election of the pope. “Like Benedict XVI, he combines concern for the poor with an insistence that it’s not the Church’s responsibility to be a political actor or to prescribe precise solutions to economic problems. In that regard, he’s a model for all Catholic bishops and clergy throughout the world.”
This is odd from a man who does not hesitate to prescribe “precise solutions to economic problems”, ones that run counter to Catholic social teaching, whatever he claims.
While I’m sure Fr Sirico devoutly hopes that the new pope will be vague in his teaching and keep his nose out of economic matters, I think he may be in for a rude awakening.