George Will offers several legitimate critiques with regards to Pope Francis ideas on economy and environmental issues here. To be sure we ought to be concerned over these issues but that shouldn’t be the same as being naive about them, hence the notion of “fact-free flamboyance”.
Francis’s fact-free flamboyance reduces him to a shepherd whose selectively reverent flock, genuflecting only at green altars, is tiny relative to the publicity it receives from media otherwise disdainful of his church. Secular people with anti-Catholic agendas drain his prestige, a dwindling asset, into promotion of policies inimical to the most vulnerable people and unrelated to what once was the papacy’s very different salvific mission.
A very good observation. This is the outcome when the church places its emphasis in the Kingdom of Man (KOM). The KOM is a kingdom of power as it attempts to promote its arbitrary causes what ever they might be (these tend vary with each social group) which is a “very different salvific mission” than what our Lord has taught.
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world. Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”John 18.36, 37
Where as the Kingdom of God (KOG) places its emphasis on Christ the mediator of that kingdom and central to all things in the life of the church. With the KOG at the helm of the Church all matters of special interest are secondary matters couched in the presupposition of KOG.
This makes for the organization and proper priority of church categories.