Francis I

There’s a new pope in town and, by the Church’s standard, he’s pretty revolutionary:

  • The first non-European Pope since the 5th century.
  • The first Jesuit Pope.
  • The first original Papal name since the 10th century (I don’t count John Paul as original).
  • I find the Jesuit thing the most surprising. I never thought we would see a Jesuit Pope. He’s 76 so we’ll see how much of an influence he has. But my first impressions are positive. There’s some noise on Twitter about him opposing abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception (Twitter, apparently, is shocked that the Pope is Catholic; no word on how Twitter feels about what bears do in the woods). But my first impression is positive. I think it was a good choice.

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    1. Thrill

      (Twitter, apparently, is shocked that the Pope is Catholic; no word on how Twitter feels about what bears do in the woods).

      Nice one.

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    2. Mississippi Yankee

      Having had Jesuit teachers (2) and having a working understanding of their brand I feel the Roman Catholic church will double-down on it’s religious conservationism.

      I watched the papacy become very wishy-washy over social issues in the past 25-30 years. And yes I was once a strict catholic. Vatican II was the last straw.

      John Paul, imo, was a ‘go along to get along’ kinda feller. I doubt you’ll see that from Pope Frank. He may allow the more liberal and progressive parishioners to migrate toward Anglicism and such but I really feel this new Holy Roman Empire will gather the faithful and draw a line in the sand.

      Catholic like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden won’t know whether to shit or go blind.

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    3. Thrill

      John Paul, imo, was a ‘go along to get along’ kinda feller.

      To be fair, he was way more interested in defeating the Holy Crap out of International Communism.

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    4. Mississippi Yankee

      Shamelessly stolen from a hilarious site “Caption This”:

      Yeah, the Vatican went with an old white guy. They considered picking a completely inexperienced but charismatic African guy, but then they realized that would have been a total disaster.

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    5. AlexInCT

      I fail to see why anyone bothers to care – the pope isn’t relevant any longer.

      The Chaivistas sure as hell seem to think so, because they are even claiming that he was the one to push the vote in favor of the first Latin American pontiff. Me, I would be inclined to point out if Chavez truly had anything to do with this pope being elected, people should now be worried that the devil was running the Catholic church, seeing as if one was inclined to believe in the concept of heaven & hell, Chavez certainly would have qualified for an express ticket to the pit.

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    6. Seattle Outcast

      In what way does the pope matter?

      He has no armies, no territories, church rules on behavior are routinely ignored by, well, everyone, and no effect on world policy that anyone can point to and say “the pope did that”.

      He’s the spiritual leader of an organization that can rotate people in and out of the office like toy soldiers because they generally do nothing of any consequence.

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    7. CM

      Couldn’t agree with you more SO. Whenever I hear the next ‘update’ on the news, I immediately wonder why it’s relevant. For the vast majority of the world, he has exactly zero relevance.

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    8. ilovecress

      SO – I agree with you in principle – but the fact is that he does matter. Millions of people across the world regard him as *the most important human being on earth*. He may not have any direct power, but he’s definitely one of the most influencial men on the planet. All this from a guy we hadn’t heard of until yesterday, taking instructions from a book a lot of us don’t beleive in.

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    9. Hal_10000 *

      I fail to see why anyone bothers to care – the pope isn’t relevant any longer.

      Yeah. How many divisions does that guy have?

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    10. Seattle Outcast

      If he’s so influential, then why do most catholics ignore pretty much everything that comes out of the Vatican in the way of moral direction. Catholics routinely fornicate, use birth control, get abortions, commit crime, skip confession their “sins”, etc…

      When’s the last time a pope has actually done anything meaningful?

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    11. Mississippi Yankee

      When’s the last time a pope has actually done anything meaningful?

      Word has it he just put you on a “list”

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    12. Mississippi Yankee

      Again, me forwarding another friends words:

      Ok, wait. He’s a Jesuit – political power playah
      Argentine – marketing play
      Named himself “The First” – see: Jesuit
      Pope Frankie the Eco-Warrior — Pope Agenda 21
      puts “social justice” first — NWO

      Oh, this is gonna be ….

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    13. Mississippi Yankee

      Whether you agree or disagree with Ann Barnhardt politically is not the purpose of this link. She is a devote Roman Catholic along with being a well read intelligent person and that might be a reason to read her views on the newly elected Pope Francis I

      http://barnhardt.biz/

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