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Pope Francis

I am not Catholic, and I've always disliked the idea of a Pope, but the current Pope seems a bit different than the last.  Like, way better.  

If I were Catholic, I would be happy with Pope Francis.   

I'm curious if Catholics are happy with him.

 

http://www.freep.com/article/20130729/NEWS07/307290045/pope-francis-gay-priests

 

 

Re: Pope Francis

  • I am Catholic and I love this Pope.  I think he is a breath of fresh air.  Don't get me wrong, our Church still has a long way to go if you ask me but he is definitely a loved Pontiff.  
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  • Thanks for answering! 

    I had a feeling that more liberal minded people were happier with this guy.  He just seems so much less judgmental than the previous Pope.   

    Are conservative Catholics as happy do you think? I'm wondering if he has many detractors as well as fans. 

  • My parents are pretty conservative Catholics and they love him.  I haven't met anyone in my Catholic circle who doesn't like the guy. Conservative Catholics like him because he isn't going against church teaching.  I think those of us who are liberal wish the church would do more to embrace homosexuals in the congregation.  His comment related to gay priests.
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    My parents are pretty conservative Catholics and they love him.  I haven't met anyone in my Catholic circle who doesn't like the guy. Conservative Catholics like him because he isn't going against church teaching.  I think those of us who are liberal wish the church would do more to embrace homosexuals in the congregation.  His comment related to gay priests.

    Yes, I saw that! That's why I found it so surprising and progressive.  And awesome.

    It is really interesting to me that even conservative Catholics seem to like him.  Perhaps because he teaches acceptance and letting God be the judge in a way that former Popes did not? Maybe the majority of Catholics don't want to be as exclusionary as former church leaders seemed to push for in the past.   Hopefully the embracing of gay congregation members will be next.  

    Thanks for the insight!  

  • I don't want to sound like I'm complaining about his statement either.  I think it's great what he said! I think his papacy is off to a good start.  He is definitely more welcoming, humble and less insular than his predecessor. 
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  • I grew up Catholic and "suffered" through 12 years of Catholic School. I think Pope Francis was a wonderful pick!  He is a Jesuit priest and having gone to a Jesuit Catholic College, they are definitely a little more open minded than other Orders of Preachers.

     

     

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    I grew up Catholic and "suffered" through 12 years of Catholic School. I think Pope Francis was a wonderful pick!  He is a Jesuit priest and having gone to a Jesuit Catholic College, they are definitely a little more open minded than other Orders of Preachers.

    I was definitely wondering about your opinion of him since you are so much more conservative than me.   Very interesting to know.  Thank you for your input! 

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    I grew up Catholic and "suffered" through 12 years of Catholic School. I think Pope Francis was a wonderful pick!  He is a Jesuit priest and having gone to a Jesuit Catholic College, they are definitely a little more open minded than other Orders of Preachers.

    I was definitely wondering about your opinion of him since you are so much more conservative than me.   Very interesting to know.  Thank you for your input! 

    I think the Pope made the right call with his "Who am I to judge" comments.  It is true and consistent with church teaching (only God can judge).    

    ALL people are children of God and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect (regardless of one's opinion on homosexuality). I am glad Pope Francis had the kahunas to actually speak those words (most Popes would shy away from those type of comments).

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    I grew up Catholic and "suffered" through 12 years of Catholic School. I think Pope Francis was a wonderful pick!  He is a Jesuit priest and having gone to a Jesuit Catholic College, they are definitely a little more open minded than other Orders of Preachers.

    I was definitely wondering about your opinion of him since you are so much more conservative than me.   Very interesting to know.  Thank you for your input! 

    I think the Pope made the right call with his "Who am I to judge" comments.  It is true and consistent with church teaching (only God can judge).    

    ALL people are children of God and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect (regardless of one's opinion on homosexuality). I am glad Pope Francis had the kahunas to actually speak those words (most Popes would shy away from those type of comments).

    That's how I feel too.  I've always been so angry with religious leaders openly judging others as if they are somehow superior.  They do it all.the.time.

    It's one of the reasons I eschew religion entirely and prefer to be spiritual in a more direct way.  

    Thanks again for your insight!  

  • I agree -- I'm glad he actually answered the questions he was asked and was as candid as he was.  He's definitely less guarded and more accessible than other Popes have been -- all very good signs!
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  • I am not Catholic (Lutheran), but I get excited to read about this guy! He is a really big inspiration for so many people. Plus, I think he embodies so much of what is forgotten in Christianity.

    Pope fun fact that I read recently...he had a little introduction with Bono of U2 (professed Christian) and apparently the Pope asked to try on Bono's sunglasses. Bono obliged and I read there were some pics taken of the Pope wearing them, but the Papal PR department decided not to publish them (too bad!).

    I also love that he gives up his limos for cars like Ford Focuses.

     

  • Well I guess this is progress-ish...
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  • I am confused you aren't Catholic but don't like the idea of a Pope?  Sorry Pope, you are out as the leader of the church.
  • @bettyhefernan, we have discussed on this board many times the right of individuals to have opinions about all the things.  Me not being Catholic does not preclude me having an opinion on the Pope.  
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