...but then I saw who educated him.
Philly mayor Jim Kenney thinks Pope Francis is ‘freaking awesome’ — but disagrees with his positions on marriage, abortion, and the Eucharist. Last week, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney accused Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput of being “not Christian” after the local Catholic archdiocese released guidelines reiterating longstanding Catholic teaching on divorce and re-marriage.
The diocesan document — “Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia” — was approved by Chaput in order to contextualize parts of Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation. Among the guidelines offered was one stating that divorced, civilly remarried, and cohabiting couples must “refrain from sexual intimacy,” as well as “sacramentally confess all serious sins of which he or she is aware, with a firm purpose to change, before receiving the Eucharist.” In response to someone’s Twitter question about the guidelines, Kenney stated: “Jesus gave us gift of Holy Communion because he so loved us. All of us. Chaput’s actions are not Christian.” Kenney’s response might make sense for someone with a superficial understanding of Christianity and, in particular, Catholic teaching. But Kenney was raised in a large Irish-Catholic family, and he has touted his Jesuit education at Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s Prep and La Salle University.