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January 8, 2014 - 10:08 pm
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Pope-FrancisPope Francis, Time magazine’s Person of the Year, is captivating. He is humble. He lives in a hostel instead of the apostolic palace and drives an old Ford instead of the papal Mercedes. He is accessible. He has been known to cold-call people in need and he takes part in selfie photographs with his followers. He is a man who doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk. Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air.

Amidst the praise and awe around the globe, Pope Francis is also garnering criticism. This is to be expected since the pope is a man who is stepping out of the norm. Aristotle said, “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” Pope Francis is most assuredly doing something.

One corner of criticism is from conservatives. According to Time, conservatives bemoan that in his exhortation he mentioned abortion only once. This censure is astonishing when one looks at Pope Francis’ actions. Pope Francis offered to baptize the baby of a divorced woman whose married lover wanted her to abort it. He has also admonished priests who won’t baptize children born out of wedlock for their “rigorous and hypocritical neo-clericalism.”  Actions such as these are sanctifying life and giving pregnant women, who fear condemnation, the courage to choose life.

Actions such as these emulate Christ’s mercy. Actions such as these value not only life but the quality of the life, and soul, of both the mother, who chose life, and the child. Pope Francis’ actions speak much louder than his words. His compassion for the single mother and child is a stellar example of Christ’s love.

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You really need to learn a little history. The Mexican government went straight Left in the early 1900's. By the mid 1920's the Federales were shooting priests and regular old Catholics in the street and destroying all the Church property that had not already been confiscated. No single organization on earth has done, and continues to do, more to help the poor than the Catholic Church.
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I wish everyone would stop "reading between the lines" with this guy. He is a devout cleric who grew up in a crony capitalist society where the government confiscated about 75% of the personal savings in the nation in about a day in 2000.

He may not know much about free market economics, having never been exposed to them, but he has consistently put his body and soul where his mouth is, eschewing comfort and actually living the life prescribed to the religious. We don't need to go as far as he does to be decent people any more than we are required to be celibate, but it's *his job* to set us an example of selfless service. That's why you get the nifty shepherds crook.

The Pope seems utterly devoid of hypocrisy. He doesn't need to attack at abortion, because his every word and deed is pro life. I am the very first on this forum to hammer away at the idea of a single cell being a person as being an absurd and politically insupportable assertion, but, the Pope I really respect on this issue. He can speak with authority because this clearly isn't about "shaming" or "punishing naughty girls with babies". He is strongly attacking those who shame women who are pregnant out of wedlock because it contributes to abortion.

That's the way to make abortion less common, by actually celebrating life.

The Pope is not attacking capitalism, he is simply calling for a world with more compassion, and his statements are colored by his background. It is absurd to expect him to be some kind of Objectivist. His entire life is about making sure people don't get what they deserve. Mercy and absolution are not granted by nature. The laws of nature are savagely just. Mercy is the province of the divine and is the antithesis of justice, that's why they call it mercy.
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"He lives in a hostel instead of the apostolic palace and drives an old Ford instead of the papal Mercedes...One corner of criticism is from conservatives."

Janine, you are missing the intimate connection between those two sentences. This pope, with his unapologetic message that material wealth is not good in and of itself, and his unforgivable extension of that thought that the expenditure of excessive personal wealth on oneself is in fact wrong, is a mortal injury to modern conservativism.

Today's "conservatives" will not stand idly by while the free choices of modern paragons such as Donald Trump are slandered. What they do with their money is -- by definition -- good!

The non-relative morals of the new Pope have no place here, where wealth makes right.
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I am not Catholic, so I haven’t read what the Pope has written.
All I know is that he is not helping me.
The man you describe in your column parades weakness. He would not last two seconds if he tried to stand against Satan.
I am left to wish the Catholic Church would install a Pope who cared solely about turning his position over to God the Father, asking that He command him to do whatever God the Father would command him to do, and then do it. That would help me.
The Apostles had that will. And because of their willingness to do anything He commanded, He led them to do wondrous things, including miracles. They also were horribly persecuted and threatened, for Satan did not let them operate uncontested.
What is there for Satan to contest in the man you write about in your column? How does he inspire people to seek God the Father’s command and then obey it without question?
If prayer says post this, I will.
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Janine, the time I felt closest to Francis is when I turned onto EWTN's coverage of his Vigil for Peace. Several hours of practically silent prayer said more than words since.
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Francis is a throwback to the post Vatican II Church when radical priests and nuns set out to deconstruct the Roman Catholic Church and did a pretty good job. Their reforms and vaunted concern for the poor droned on and on and on. Soon the numbers of the faithful in the pews shrunk and shrunk and shrunk; there was no spirituality there anymore only calls to support LBJs war on poverty and democrat redistribution schemes. Theology became more and more an exercise in liberation politics and the Church of Jesus Christ was to be the leader in the New World Order. That era brought about a collapse of the Church as millions came to the conclusion that all that was required was to vote democrat and save the world through ecology movement, why bother with sacramental spirituality when it was easier to just go along with the zeitgeist and worship oneself and one's desires. Francis is indeed the man of the year for self worshipping Americans and he has made it possible for people like Pelosi to believe that her Catholicism is the reason she must support unrestricted abortion while she enjoys her tremendous wealth and material comfort.
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"Many conservatives isolate the single mother, the woman who made the courageous, Christian choice of life, by declaring that the traditional family is the only way to raise healthy, happy children."

That strikes me as a straw man argument. I don't think most conservatives say that a traditional family is the "only" way to raise healthy, happy children, simply that it is the best way. Is it impermissible to make that observation?
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"Who am I to judge?" is the problem with society today! A judge in England recently reduced the sentences of Muslim beheaders to allow for "cultural factors." We SHOULD harshly judge pregnant 14-year-olds and their irresponsible boyfriends. We SHOULD judge crooks in Congress. We SHOULD judge the trash like Miley Cyrus. We SHOULD excoriate Obama for his ideology.
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You are correct, we should judge but that doesn't mean the Pope had to. He's the guy who says "let him who is without sin cast the first stone". That's the job. He is the advocate for MERCY and once again, mercy isn't justice, that's why it's called mercy.
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While this Pope is being humble and going on about gays, Christians are being kidnapped, tortured, forceably converted and slaughtered by moslams....

Kindly remind us what this Pope is doing about that?
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"Who am I to judge?" ???!!! You're the Pope! The whole Church looks to you for guidance and righteous judgment. And surely one can be kind to children born out of wedlock, but there is a line between that and normalizing the lack of marriage and adultery. Those practices must be judged and condemned. Illegitimacy is too common as it is for the Pope to join in the chorus decrying any criticism. Jesus judged. St. Peter judged. So must any Pope.
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So I take it you've never committed ANY sin. Why do the women still get blamed for pigs sleeping around on their wives? Where exactly did you read about St. Peter judging and/or condemning anyone?
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Jesus refused to judge and this guy is supposed to be the Vicar of Christ on Earth. He doesn't judge (in terms of punishment) he says "go forth and sin no more". This both acknowledges the sin and forgives it.

When religion sets out to punish it gets bad real fast.
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It is NOT normalizing out of wedlock births, any more than Jesus was normalizing Prostitution by forgiving Mary Magdalen. It is CHRISTIAN compassion. And it is giving that New born Baby the same Sacrament that YOU were worthy of.
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Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute. She was a woman who had been possessed. The idea tying her into the woman Christ wouldn't allow to be murdered in front of him was from some idiot old fart back in the 5th century not paying attention to the proper translations.
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I don't see what is so great about him driving his old Ford and living in a Hostel rather than using what is provided for him. If he really wanted to make a point then he should sell off the Mercedes and the palace and give the money to the poor rather than let them go unused. I took Spanish in High School many years back and I still remember one question/answer. Why is Mexico so poor? And the answer was the gold in the church. If I had just one half of one percent of the loot the Catholic church has squirreled away, I would be set for life!
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and restore all the Jewish books and Torahs stolen by the Church for centuries
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You really need to learn a little history. The Mexican government went straight Left in the early 1900's. By the mid 1920's the Federales were shooting priests and regular old Catholics in the street and destroying all the Church property that had not already been confiscated. No single organization on earth has done, and continues to do, more to help the poor than the Catholic Church.
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Why stop at Donald Trump? What about all the "modern paragons" on the left. After all the Democrat Party is the actual party of the filthy rich.
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The man is as he seems, A breath of fresh air.

And for those squealing about socialism, give it a rest. It wasn't what he's about, wasn't what he said, and isn't a Church teaching. (See - Subsidiarity)

Matter of fact, there are more honest interpretations of the encyclical he wrote in his native spanish, if you can't read it yourself, and you will find what he said was rather loosely interpreted. The Vatican, it seems has interpretation issues from time to time, as witnessed by the recent update to the English mass, which were really interpreting it more literally from the latin, without embellishment, making it consistent with the rest of the world.

So we have people freaking out, over interpreting a bad translation to their own ends.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/11/29/Has-Pope-Francis-Message-Been-Lost-in-Translation

http://jmgarciaiii.blogspot.com/2013/11/evangelii-gaudium-or-i-cant-believe-im.html
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These links were very helpful, thank you.
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