Saturday, September 21, 2013


Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis I (One of these Popes are not like the other. . .)
This new Pope, I like him.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to convert.   When I say like, I mean compared to some of the previous Popes, this one is a definite improvement.  What a concept to promote treating all people in a Christ-like manner. I don’t have a degree in divinity but I seem to recall that Christ played some part in Catholicism and I think the tilt towards the Golden Rule, He Who is Without Sin and Love Thy Neighbor is way overdue.


“Who am I to judge? If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will.” Pope Francis I (Amen! Worry about what is going on in your own bedroom!)

Pope Benedict XVI discussing gay marriage, “people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very ‘essence of the human creature’ in the process.”  (And the pedophile Priests get a pass?)


“Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.” Pope Francis I (Wow! Showing some actual foresight and taking a stand. But, being the leader of one the wealthiest organizations on the planet, I want to see what you are willing to offer.)

“Yoga can degenerate into a cult of the body,” Pope Benedict XVI. (Well sure, that shows some foresight and taking a stand against Yoga is very brave.)


“The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules.” “The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.” Pope Francis I (See!?! It’s like he actually talked to people who weren’t old white dudes in dresses.)


Pope Benedict XVI comparing atheists to Nazis. “As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the 20th century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society.” (Um, may I suggest that you don’t bring up the Nazis?)


During his first public mass, Pope Francis I suggested that the Vatican, an age-old institution used to having almost everything done by the book, is bracing for the unscripted papacy.  For example, one observer said, “He doesn’t just shake people’s hand, he hugs them, he kisses them. And that is an expression of the papacy that is just amazing.” (And I’m sure it makes his Swiss guards nuts, but pressing the flesh with the commoners will get you a lot farther than the Popemobile.)


Pope Benedict XVI on the importance of following dogma and symbolic traditions, "I am convinced that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is, to a large extent, due to the disintegration of the liturgy." (Because Mass in the original Latin has converted I don’t know how many people. That is so very interesting.  I must hear more!)


Pope Francis I calling for a changes in the focus of the Church. The Catholic Church is “obsessed” with issues such as abortion, homosexuality and contraception.  Instead he promotes a focus on healing and mercy. “I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.” (You mean just because someone doesn’t want to have kid number 8, and they get the circle packet of pills, there might be something else to address besides the pharmaceutical sin? It’s going to take me a minute to wrap my head around that.)


Pope Benedict XVI, at the traditional year end speech to Vatican cardinals and bishops, explained that the fault of the sexual abuse scandal was the “Context of our times.” He specifically blamed the sexually promiscuous decade of the 70’s for the events. (Well if that isn’t a pile of Holy Shit! And I’m pretty much meaning that literally.)


“The Church should shun worldliness and be more focused on the Gospels,” Pope Francis I.  Unlike the prior Popes, he does not wear red Prada shoes, live in the luxurious papal apartment or ride in the Mercedes Benz Popemobile. (He has a 1984 Renault that can run on biofuel at his disposal.)  After his first mass, he chose transportation in one of the chartered busses over his private limousine. (Are you on the page with me? He is much more likeable that the predecessors.  I just hope it is genuine and not the result of a very expensive PR campaign.)  


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