On the heels of last week's conservative outrage aimed at the Pope, I'm reading once again that many of my brethren are upset that Pope Francis called Mahmoud Abbas an angel of peace... only he didn't:
The Vatican reporter for the Italian newspaper La Stampa has it differently:
As is tradition with heads of State or of government, Francis presented presented a gift to the Palestinian leader, commenting: “May the angel of peace destroy the evil spirit of war. I thought of you: may you be an angel of peace.”
Calling someone something and exhorting him to be that something are two entirely different things.
It's becoming a pattern it seems. Conservatives throwing stones at this Pope only to find out, once they dig a little deeper, that all is not what it seems.
We can do better my friends.