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Pope Francis

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Riverwalk Tue 12-Nov-13 12:26:54

Were you moved by the pictures of the pope blessing this disfigured man?

I was - it seemed genuinely compassionate.

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Anne58 Tue 12-Nov-13 12:37:29

I'm not a Catholic, but must say I have rather taken to Francis. So far he seems to be the breath of fresh air that the RC church badly needs.

KatyK Tue 12-Nov-13 12:47:38

I was moved. Imagine what that poor man's life must be like and how this must have comforted him. I am a (lapsed) Catholic.

mrshat Tue 12-Nov-13 13:25:42

I like the new pope. He is just what the RC Church needs, IMO, and yes, I am RC. smile

kittylester Tue 12-Nov-13 14:21:54

Nor am I a catholic but I think he's great. I'm warming to Justin Welby too. This is all getting scary!! smile

sunseeker Tue 12-Nov-13 14:50:47

Yes I like Pope Francis - I have read some comments that he only blessed this man as a photo opportunity, but I would imagine anywhere he goes in public he will be followed by photographers - I think he is a genuinely compassionate man.

gracesmum Tue 12-Nov-13 15:18:15

DH is a Catholic and I am fairly well disposed to the church but the scandals of the last few years have made that quite difficult at times. So it is a pleasure and relief to see such a genuinely humble, intelligent and compassionate man at is head. He is absolutely what the Roman Catholic Church needed!

MiceElf Tue 12-Nov-13 16:31:22

Gracesmum, I agree with you, at last, the the Pope reflects what is happening in parishes and is setting an example of where the church should go.

His response to the scandals was zero tolerance 'When a priest abuses, you must never look away. You cannot be in a position of power and use it go destroy the life of another person'. And reflecting and developing that it seems that Francis is a skilful politician, (as he must be in that position), he has taken control of the Curia (the civil service) and is making it the servant of the church.

Ratzinger's best action was to resign. One Cardinal said 'Perhaps the Holy Spirit held off until the house was collapsing around our ears. God is good at writing straight with crooked lines'.

So yes, for those of us still sticking with the church, Francis is bright, compassionate, personally humble but determined light which we have been waiting for since the death of John XXIII.

Mishap Tue 12-Nov-13 16:59:06

I would have expected nothing less of any pope. They cannot pick and choose who they wish to "bless." It all goes with the job.

JessM Tue 12-Nov-13 17:00:51

We'll have to see. Early days. Certainly marketing savvy but will he have the energy to really sort out that nest of n'ere do wells in the Vatican?

Ana Tue 12-Nov-13 17:02:19

What a good post, MiceElf.

BAnanas Tue 12-Nov-13 17:11:26

I'm a sort of Catholic, bit on the lapsed side, but it still lurks there, I haven't totally cast it aside, but like a lot of us have a great deal of issues with many aspects.

I did read that Pope Francis might review the church's position on contraception, that would be a massive step in the right direction. Although I think it's fair to say that very few Catholics in the west take any notice of it anyway, hence the low birth rates in some of the traditional countries like Spain and Italy.

Hope he doesn't buy his shoes from Prada like his predecessor doesn't send out the right sort of message!

Deedaa Tue 12-Nov-13 21:26:13

Doubt if a pope who drives an old Ford Focus will be wearing Prada BAnanas He really does seem to care about ordinary people and his comments about homosexuality must have shocked some of the Vatican.

Your "sort of Catholic" description reminds me of Germaine Greer saying "I may be an atheist - but I'm a Catholic atheist!" smile

laidback Wed 13-Nov-13 00:05:24

I think there is much in the catholic church to modernise. Views on issues....priests marrying. Francis seems more forward thinking and planted in the real world than previous popes! Yet the cogs of the vatican roll very slowly....

Riverwalk Wed 13-Nov-13 16:43:02

He must be doing the right thing as Sarah Palin is .... "taken aback at his liberalism"!


MiceElf Wed 13-Nov-13 17:01:21

Thats given me the best chuckle of the day.

JessM Wed 13-Nov-13 17:19:38

Palin is breaking new ground in terms of what it means to be right wing.

MiceElf Wed 13-Nov-13 17:39:34

Moose brain

Deedaa Wed 13-Nov-13 21:56:01

That's a bit of an insult to moose MiceElf I've always been rather fond of them smile

annodomini Wed 13-Nov-13 22:35:26

Are moose really that thick?

Zephrine Wed 13-Nov-13 22:40:45

I've seen one, he didn't look that bright!

Joan Thu 14-Nov-13 12:22:27

Loved this quote in the article:

“If Sarah Palin's this shocked by Pope Francis, she'll be catatonic when she finally gets round to reading about Jesus in the New Testament.”

Deedaa Thu 14-Nov-13 21:23:01

I think there might be too many long words for her to ever get as far as Jesus.

I see Pope Francis has upset the Calabrian Mafia, not that that's hard to do of course!