(Some of my) Thoughts on Pope Francis in the Blogosphere

Pope Francis Portrait Painting

Pope Francis Portrait Painting (Photo credit: faithmouse)

There are too many posts to cover; however, I wanted to cover just a few. There is news that Pope Francis is already changing up the way the Vatican Elite sees the Pope. Unlike Benedict, Pope Francis has shunned pre-Vatican II trappings during prayer, showing a remarkable sense of humility and continues to ride the bus. Further, as mentioned, he likes to take care of things himself, even his hotel bill.

While there is much in the liberal community to fret over, especially some of the Pope’s statements on Gay Rights, some LGBT bloggers are offering support although some are making light of it. Also, seems the Pope was something of a rebel in school.

Here are some quotes from him as Cardinal on several moral issues. I highlight this, because, well, John XXIII.

Even Anglicans find Pope Francis something to behold, hoping that they will eventually find something more of a proper status with Rome than what Pope Benedict XVI gave them. This article is rather interesting given the stories of the Pope and the Eucharist. I, myself, even for a Methodist, find the higher the sacrament view the better, although I disagree with withholding the sacraments from people we disagree with. While I understand the Catholic position on abortion (I can’t fully agree with the rhetoric), to call Pro-Choice politicians pro-Abortion and thus deny them the Eucharist is against what I would believe. Sure, I believe anyone advocating murder should be excluded from communion until such time they can repair themselves, but this should also include pro-war politicians as well. Of course, this gets into another subject of what pro-choice means. It is not pro-abortion.

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This picture above is of the then-Cardinal washing and then kissing the feet of a child with AIDs, something he made a habit of doing. Even liberal ministers I know would not stoop so low. By the way, the Pope seems to be in favor of contraception.

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The Cardinal took the bus with the rest of Argentines after giving up his car, selling the residence, and moving into a small apartment

The good Doctor Bevere brings us news of the Hauerwas view on the new pope. I have to agree with the Pope of Duke that taking the name of Francis by a Jesuit Pope is rather prophetic. Tony Jones doesn’t seem to care. Brian LePort has some thoughts. Our opinionated Catholic friend has posted other things as well. Thus far, the new Pope has met with the Cardinals and according to Cardinal Dolan, the first greeting was on the same level. There seems to be a new blog dedicated solely to the new pope. Some bloggers are happy, tho.

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I am not Catholic and I openly confess this. Yes, I say the Rosary from time to time. I have uttered prayers to Mary from time to time. I love the Catholic Tradition, the Church’s sense of holiness, and more than that, I feel a great hope with this new Pope. I am Catholic except I am not in Communion with Rome, I guess. Or maybe Catholic-lite as Jeremy says from time to time. My ultimate goal as a Christian is John 17. Someone of us have different calls or ministries or whatever you would like to call it, but I really am drawn to John 17. I have steadfast differences — none really on doctrine, mind you — with Rome on moral issues as well as organizational routines. But, the only real hope for John 17 is, I think, Rome. Rome has orders, differences, and yet it survives. It survives even with Catholics who vehemently disagree with other Catholics.

I do not expect this to change anytime soon and nor should I. The Church if it is ever to be a real Church, independent and the loyal opposition, must never conform itself to the world. It is always relevant, but we may not be. That’s one of the things I like about Rome — it changes about as quickly as it takes for a star to collapse.

My feelings on the new Pope do not matter, I guess, not in the long run. But then again, neither does a Catholic’s views, so I am in good company. I recognize this. I also recognize that since Vatican II, the Catholic Church and her offspring have entered into a different sort of relationship, one allowing for a mix of emotions when we see Rome hurt, tarnished, or when we see Rome hurt (those around us. Not sure you caught the different on emphasis). Christians are all called to communion — to community — to unity. I hope that one day we’ll see the West united and then shortly thereafter, the West and the East as one.

Also, from what I understand, there is fear that with an Argentine Pope, the spread of the sickness known as pentecostalism maybe slowed if not stopped in Latin America.

Next year, in Rome.

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Post By Joel L. Watts (10,124 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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