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The new pope as a battlefield medic

This new pope continues to amaze me. He just makes so much sense. Why do I mention this in a defense-oriented blog? Because the other day, in an interview, he used a military metaphor in describing his conception of the role of the church: "I see the church as a field hospital after battle." By ...

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This new pope continues to amaze me. He just makes so much sense.

Why do I mention this in a defense-oriented blog? Because the other day, in an interview, he used a military metaphor in describing his conception of the role of the church: "I see the church as a field hospital after battle." By which he meant, when someone is wounded and suffering, you don't fret about his cholesterol levels.

Later in the same interview he discussed some of his favorite music and films. He singled out Rome, Open City, made in 1945 about the last days of German rule there during World War II. It is a terrific film. Do yourself a favor: Order the pizza, open a bottle of zinfandel or sangiovese, and watch it.

This new pope continues to amaze me. He just makes so much sense.

Why do I mention this in a defense-oriented blog? Because the other day, in an interview, he used a military metaphor in describing his conception of the role of the church: "I see the church as a field hospital after battle." By which he meant, when someone is wounded and suffering, you don’t fret about his cholesterol levels.

Later in the same interview he discussed some of his favorite music and films. He singled out Rome, Open City, made in 1945 about the last days of German rule there during World War II. It is a terrific film. Do yourself a favor: Order the pizza, open a bottle of zinfandel or sangiovese, and watch it.

What would it be like if other major organizations got similarly fresh, common sense thinking at the top? Imagine if the NRA came out and said, "You know, it really is time to do something about gun violence, and here is a plan we are reluctantly embracing." Or if American professional sports banned anyone ever convicted of a felony or a violent crime. Or if we managed to get corporations out of financing political campaigns. Or if Congress made the rich pay their fair share in taxes…. Well, I can dream.

(HT to Mr. Andrew Sullivan)

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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