Pope Francis 1
The Cardinals in the Conclave made short work of selecting the Catholic worlds new Pope. This may have been because it is rumored, that many had wanted him the last time and that he was only marginally beaten by the previous Pope.
Is it perhaps this fact that enticed the Pope to resign, could it be that consensus of the Cardinals was that they had made a mistake and that was playing on the Pope’s mind?
We will probably never know but it would appear that the world can now expect some radical changes from the Vatican.
In his homeland of Argentina, the new Pope was perhaps a reminder of the late Sister Teresa, he gave up his fancy vehicle to take the bus, he ignored the fancy house supplied for him and lived in a flat where he even cooked for himself. Perhaps some of these acts of humility will be brought to the Vatican and promoted throughout the Catholic world.
Pope Francis 1 certainly chose the right name if these are his intentions. He is a Jesuit and Jesuits are known for their humble acts but these are not the only areas in which he may bring changes.
The Catholic Church has long been known for its ruling against the use of condoms under any circumstances. The new Pope is known to have expressed that he believed that they were acceptable but only under certain circumstances.
He has been known to scold priests who refuse to baptize the children of single mothers. It is rare for us to hear of any Cardinals disciplining their priests.
He has been known to organize protests against certain claims by gays and their rights. It is unusual for such high clergy to make their feelings known such publicly.
- A True Religion
No matter what the religion, there will always be fanatics that want to force it on others. Surely religion should be a personal thing, between you and God.
Yes, I think we are about to enter a new era of Catholicism, one you may or not agree with but it is certainly time that the principles behind this faith were given a more modern and realistic look.
Who knows, perhaps once again priests will be allowed to marry, as they were in the beginning of the Catholic Church.
- The Married Jesus
On a recently found piece of ancient papyrus, there is Coptic writing. This writing refers to the wife of Jesus. What does this now mean to Christianity?