Once Again I See that Pope Francis is not Your Everyday Pope Dude
Oh, I'm not being disrespectful here. According to writers on Wikipedia, the term dude means especially a man dressed extremely well in a very fashionable way.
Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio
in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was born into a family like mine - two boys and a girl. He was already in school by the time my siblings and I were born, but he's right up-to-date on the internet.
October 27, 2013 he tallied ten million
Twitter followers - not quite a quarter as many as follow Justin Bieber, but look at the hair! Still, he's up there on the Top 100 list.
Hey, he also sends out his colorfully
manipulated photograph fun on Instagram. He's way ahead of me there. I haven't even found that site, much less used it like His Eminence is doing all the time.
Pope Francis calls the faithful
to live out their beliefs, to put charity into action. Just a week ago he used his homily at daily mass to chastise the radical extremists within the church, for their intolerance, and frightening fundamentalism. He calls them and all Catholics alike to uphold the downtrodden, including those falling economically and suffering ill health.
Enough, he says, of the venomous talk
directed towards gays, and towards those who struggle with the decision to make or have an abortion - as if those two missions are the prime purpose of the Catholic Church. He even called the fundamentalist practice of those on the far right end of the spectrum as ill.
He maintains that inflexibility does not mesh
with Jesus' teachings, that ideology is a scary business. At the same time he welcomes and encourages the genuine faith and generous actions of the great body of the church who take on the needs of the outcasts, as their own.
Pope Francis calls Catholics to put people before an ideology such as capitalism, to base their judgments on the caring attitude they are taught especially in regards to the poor.
Inter-religious dialogue is important to
Pope Francis. This book gives evidence to how he practices the art. It recalls the period of deep dialogue with Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skork from their home country of Argentina. If you missed the content you'll surely want to get this book, for a treasure trove of understanding, towards carrying forth on these principles in the greater world.
The only missing segment from these talks, to my mind, is the lack of participation of the third great religion, Islam. God willing, that is yet to come.
The Pontiff is a Jesuit, following after the life of St. Francis of Assisi.
Pope Francis said: 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."