An “overview effect” of Francis’ pontificate

Today marks the third anniversary of the installation of Jorge Mario Bergoglio Bishop of Rome.  Of all the articles that have come out in the last week giving a look back at his time as pope, this one was the best of the bunch.  This was just recently available on the Vatican Insider website but I see it is dated 1/4/2016….reyanna

By Luis Badilla          1/4/2016                               Vatican Insider on-line

The “overview effect” is a term used to describe a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. It refers to the experience of seeing first-hand the reality of the Earth in space. From space, national boundaries vanish and the planet is seen in its entirety, as an organic and panoramic whole. Badilla’s use of the expression, first coined by Frank White in 1987, has a very precise purpose here: it refers to perceptual effects as a whole, including emotions, feelings, empathy and the way each individual elaborates perceptions.

Three years on since the start of Francis’ pontificate, an overview effect is perhaps now possible.

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  1. Barbara Litrell
    Posted March 20, 2016 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    I read the article hoping there were things I had missed over the three years that truly signalled progress, but alas, the article confirms what I have thought — Francis himself is truly a servant of God and Spirit and he is modeling the way. His words and personal actions are not enough to bring the Church into the 21st century and to stop the flow of Catholics out the door. Unfortunately it seems the hierarchy of the Church and the people of the Church need and request more direct actions on his part in order to deal with the problems holding back the church. The women’s issue must be addressed in its entirety and to publish words such as “By now it is clear as day that Pope Francis sees the family as a privileged place for man and the Church, ” ignores the existence of the 1/2 the human race, the most important person in the family…and in the church…women. Francis needs to be bold and take bold action on this issue – women should be ordained, priests should be allowed to marry, pedophile priests should be punished in the court system, LGBTQ people should be welcomed everywhere, racism needs to be erased, and the Spirit needs to be freed.

  2. Posted March 20, 2016 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    With at least two blind spots: women’s equality and accountability for perpetuating abuse by protecting abusers.

    Also no movement at all towards a new theology replacing the antiquated outdated atonement/redemption theology.

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