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Originally posted by Char-Lee
reply to post by Spiramirabilis
I will believe he wants to turn things around, when he opens all the secrets and gives all the treasure to the poor.
Hebrews 10:16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them in the days to come, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts and write them on their minds."
Originally posted by thedigirati
For the first time in my 50 plus years of life I FEEL there is hope for the future.
Obama has written him a letter, offering his cooperation
Originally posted by pacifier2012
The throne of Peter is a fancy chair that has nothing to do with Peter,
Originally posted by tadaman
[You asked how do I know? Because that is their mission. Change the church to what THEY want it to be as if that was the intended end all along.
Originally posted by Credenceskynyrd
can you clarify what his having one lung has to do with anything?
Originally posted by Q2IN2Y
I feel like he's trying too hard to portray himself as this 'humble' man. I don't like it. PLus, I get a very eerie vibe from him... mainly in the eyes-upper nose area. He has a vacant stare.
Originally posted by seagull
Francis? My first thought was he'd picked it because of St. Francis of Assisi.
March 15, 2013 — The new head of the RCC, is Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, who was formerly Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. With his election he has chosen the name ”Francis”; Pope Francis I is of course well known by many persons in Argentina.
He was disliked, or at least felt ambivalently about, by Roman Catholic
traditionalists in that country, most notably for his negative attitude and resistance to the implementation of the Tridentine Use provisions contained in Pope John Paul II motu proprio ‘Eccleisa Dei‘. The RC blogosphere has gone back and forth on this, but the truth seems to be coming out.
However, from the Roman traditionalist perspective, not much is to be expected.
The first Mass celebrated and televised by Pope Francis I, held in the Sistine
Chapel, was celebrated on a newly erected Cranmerian style communion table, in
front of the traditional altar.
Even the arrangement of the six altar candles
was somewhat strange, with each progressively inclined inward; this is in contrast
to the retro order that Novus Ordo Conservative Benedict tried to revive, with
the six candles in the Tridentine arrangement. Also noted was the lack of even
chanting the collect, another change from his liturgical more conservative
A Pope with a reformist inner call, eager to meet the people
There is objective data. For instance, at the onset of debate about the gay marriage bill in his country, Bergoglio suggested all bishops to choose a moderate approach, such as leaving the intermediate consideration of de facto unions open. His political perception was there: he knew that former President Néstor Kirchner was going to bet high on it, exerting pressure on legislators with good and bad arts. Besides this, the Cardinal believed that the unfortunate manner in which the Episcopate had opposed the divorce law in Argentina could not be afforded. He thought, eventually, that closed opposition was counterproductive. In fact, that was the single occasion when, as President of the Episcopate, he had lost the election. Time proved he was right.
There is more: last year he shook the Church when, during a lecture at the Universidad Católica Argentina, he called "hypocritical and Pharisees" those priests who refuse to baptize single mothers´children. For Bergoglio, this procedure is not only antievangelical and doctrinally mistaken, but it also contradicts the traditional Catholic preaching against abortion. Many of those women had the courage and love to give birth alone, and it would be utterly foolish to condemn them, he fired.
These examples are also useful to show that, beyond the narrow doctrinaire room for change in the Catholic Church, Bergoglio has always been willing to advance in territories that show no major obstacles. Might he dare to reconsider the refusal to give communion to those divorced in a new union, and even allow it, at least in certain cases?