I think the Catholics got themselves another good one in Francis, IMHO.
He's sure driving the right-wingers batshit crazy
I might just turn.
I sure didn't vote Tory.
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He is a good orator - but is he actually doing anything about it?
Seems to be. Won't live in the Vatican, walks when he can, sold his few possessions like a bike to feed the poor etc.
In that case good for him - and he has gained my respect. Where does he live if not in the vatican?
A guest house on Vatican grounds : room 201 - with one bedroom and a small living room for meeting visitors according to the Catholic Times but I also read he was in regular priest accommodation.
Yeah, I'd say he's doing something about it.
A more NEUTRAL account, if you want.
Sounds like he could be one of the good guys - and he does wear a white hat! I wonder how long 'they' will let him reign.
You are right, Nim, "They" are probably very worried. Pope F. is probably the best thing for the RC church since forever.
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POPE FRANCIS SENDS CHARITY OFFICE, SWISS GUARD INTO THE STREETS OF ROME TO HELP POOR
Thank you for that link RW. I am not, nor ever have been, a Roman Catholic, but his attitude is much nearer the articles of faith than many of his predecessors.
I was raised Episcopalian and was Catholic for a while in the Army when I couldn't find a service in my own faith.
Then I broadened my spiritual horizons beyond sticking to a Dogma.
HOWEVER, I am seriously thinking of sending $10 to the alms-giver's office at the Vatican because I KNOW the money will be put to good use. More so then if it was dropped in a collection plate.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Pope Francis is an example for ALL Christians to follow, IMHO.
"I will wash the feet of others"
No pope had ever done this. On Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013, reflecting a ritual that Jesus washed the apostles' feet before his death, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 criminal offenders. That included two women, one a Serbian Muslim.
I like the image that the new pope is creating for the Church of Rome. I pray that it follows through to the entire church and to future popes. I also pray that some nutter does not take advantage of his openness and take a pot shot at him. It would be sad to see him in a glass cage again.
Christian giving can help the poor, but the Christian ministries which help most also help people toward greater sufficiency. E. g., a ministry in
the city near me made an arrangement with a homeless friend whom I was helping, that he would do some work for them in exchange for what they were
providing him. He is an alcoholic, and it was important for him to have structure established in his life, and for his time to be mostly filled with
useful things. He is talented in carpentry and home remodeling, but he had repeatedly set himself back when he returned to the bottle.
I know of a Christian woman who has discerned that
God's mission for her is to help children in their families. She does things like getting micro-business loans for people in economically depressed countries. For example, a few hundred dollars buys materials that a family makes into brooms. Upon selling the brooms, they had money to buy more materials for more brooms, and to make a payment on the loan, and money for their own livelihood. Of course, you can't have everyone in the town making brooms, and you can't make too many bad loans, so it takes a lot of personal attention to make such an operation work.
The Roman Church has so many millions of people, that it surely includes many who could see that work with the poor is done wisely. Does the Pope personally have such talents? He doesn't have to, if he is willing to follow the advice of people who do have such knowledge.
The rot often starts at the top so a Pope who can motivate his underlings to be more community minded is a good thing. It matters not whether he has the "credentials" to implement the "nuts and bolts", but, as long as he "practises what he preaches"; which he certainly appears to be doing at the moment.
"The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Jesus identifies this as His mission, and His salvation comes to the lives of individuals when
they enter a relationship of faith (trust) in Him.
If the Church encourages good deeds without carrying out its mission of bringing people to faith in Jesus, it fails utterly.
But, if Christians do not act in love and kindness to people, they are not following the Bible, either. It is not either-or, but both-and.
The Bishop of Rome used to be a bouncer!
Not that there is anything wrong with that. But, it would not have been among my first ten guesses.
I have worked as a bouncer before.
I have spoken to bouncers - and I would speak to this Pope. My daughter's group was granted an audience with the previous one in 2008 (?) and there was a certain excitement I seem to recall but people her age left the faith in droves under Benedict and just possibly will return under this one and if that is the case, then he will have done his job and secured the future of Catholicism. If not, the alleged predictions of the fall of the church will come to pass.
It just goes to show that "God is no respecter of persons".
Article, "What the Pope Is Really Saying"
And the problem you have with this is what?
“The popes have spoken of human ecology, closely linked to environmental ecology. We are living in a time of crisis: we see this in the environment,
but above all we see this in mankind … Man is not in charge today, money is in charge, money rules. God our Father did not give the task of caring for
the earth to money, but to us, to men and women: we have this task! Instead, men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it
is the ‘culture of waste.’”
~ Pope Francis, June 2013
Person of the year - must be all that tweeting.