An interesting reflection from Andrew Hamilton in Eureka Street on the significance – the spiritual significance – of the preference towards silence shown by Pope Francis in the face of those who accuse him (wrongly it would appear) of wrongdoing. It is a counter-cultural response in an era where the usual practice is to be just as vocal, just as full-throated, in responding to allegations as those who are making them.
Seen from the spiritual perspective, as Hamilton notes,
The challenge, of course, is to decide whether the silence is justified or is chosen to evade rightful scrutiny. Ultimately, however, chosen silence in the public square is offensive because it claims that the voice of the people and its verdict have neither the last nor the most telling word. The voice of God speaking through conscience makes a higher claim.
The article is most definitely worth reading.