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Pope Francis Will Reform the Catholic Church

Updated on March 13, 2013

Pope Francis' Humility and the Catholic Church's Restoration

White smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel today signaling the selection of a new pope: Pope Francis I or the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The pope’s name is very revealing and resonates with Catholics because the name is derived from St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis is the patron saint of poverty. He lived a life of humility, simplicity and was close to the people. Prior to becoming pope, Cardinal Bergoglio, caught the bus to work and lived in a simple apartment.

Pope Francis I's selection is a great one because Catholics wanted a pope to reform the Catholic Church. Many people hoped that the program of the new pope’s pontificate would include putting an end to the sex abuse scandals that have plagued the church. While Pope Francis did not have any reports of sex abuse while Archbishop of Argentina, he disapproved of same sex marriage and abortion.

In addition, because celebrities like Madonna and Lady Gaga have mocked the Catholic Church in attire and lyrics, the new pope had to be a humble man of God and someone who would evangelized the church and lead more than 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.

After Pope Francis I's appeared dressed in a white robe on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, he began by praying for Pope Emeritus Benedict. He then asked the crowd of nuns, priests and tourists to pray for him in silence. His request is one of humility especially since the canonical election can be likened to the election of government officials.

Bergoglio joked about being the first South American pope after he was chosen by 115 Catholic cardinals following Pope Benedict’s resignation last month. He is also the first Jesuit pope. He is the 266th pope, but he received the second most votes after Cardinal Ratzinger in the 2005 papal conclave.

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    • angelsteelrolln76 profile image

      angelsteelrolln76 5 years ago from Alabama

      Sandra, I think allow priest to have families just creates more problem.

      He has to make a choice his wife or his church.

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      Sandra Remilien 5 years ago

      I think they can use the Biblical view of marriage and love to help people. For example, if you're in an abusive relationship, they will never tell you that it is godly.

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      Donnaisabella15 5 years ago

      I always found it difficult to believe that unmarried priests could truly help/advise people having marital difficulties. They lack true knowledge having never experienced the married state.

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      Sandra Remilien 5 years ago

      I think that celibacy among priests is a good thing because it can motivate younger people to abstain from sex and prove that it is possible to not think about sex all the time.

      I think that sexual abuse among priests has to do with a lot more than celibacy, but celibacy is a factor. Things such as music and pornography can all possibly linked to the sexual abuse.

      Having a family is not a bad thing for priests, they can always learn to balance the two. In fact, they need to learn this because this is why we hear so many stories of pastors sleeping with their secretaries.

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      angelsteelrolln76 5 years ago from Alabama

      Lor's Stories you said it all. I agree 100%!

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      Lor's Stories 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I think that married priest who come in from the Episcopal church are a good test to see whether or not celibacy works.

      There seems to be a new generation of seminarians who just want to serve the people and I'm not sure they can do it whole heartily if they have a family waiting for them at home.

      It's like giving last rites to someone and your wife calls to ask you to pick up the one kid who had basketball. It's kind of awkward.

      If I need spiritual guidance I want my priest to listen to me. Not okay honey I'll be right home after I tell this one you're not going to die.

      Let the priest stay celibate.

    • angelsteelrolln76 profile image

      angelsteelrolln76 5 years ago from Alabama

      I wish he wouldn't remove the celibacy rule. It's only going to create problems. A lot of people think that the sexual abuse was because of the celibacy, but one doesn't have anything thing to do with the other.

      I hope he brings more youth back to the church in North America.

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      Sandra Remilien 5 years ago

      Pope Benedict and others have been criticized for the way they have handled priests accused of sexual abuse. Pope Francis has already met with sex abuse victims. This is the main reform and Pope Francis said in an interview last year that he would consider removing the celibacy rule for priests because he was aroused by a woman.

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      angelsteelrolln76 5 years ago from Alabama

      What reforms may be coming?

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      Sandra Remilien 5 years ago

      He asked the crowd to pray for him on the day that he was selected because he knew that he would need it. I think that he will do a great job and of course, he needs our continual prayer to reform the Catholic Church.

    • angelsteelrolln76 profile image

      angelsteelrolln76 5 years ago from Alabama

      Let's continue to pray for him and the church.

    • Lor's Stories profile image

      Lor's Stories 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      There are many churches in The US that have money. Ours is one and I find it sad. I'd rather have a simple space to worship in.

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      Lor's Stories 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      No but many people I know think the pope is rich because he lives in the Vatican .

      We all know they take vows of poverty.

      Or to live simply as we think Francis will.

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      Sandra Remilien 5 years ago

      I did not say the Pope is rich. I said that the Catholic Church has a lot of wealth and churches.

    • Lor's Stories profile image

      Lor's Stories 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      People really think the Pope is rich .

      The pope isn't rich.

      Just because he is surrounded by fabulous art and sculpture no one has ever priced the Pieta or The Sistine Chapel.

      How many popes have come and gone and was buried with anything other than their priestly garments?

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      Sandra Remilien 5 years ago

      The Catholic Church has been criticized for being wealthy even though God does not want us to be poor, but the fact that he chose a humble lifestyle means that he believes that he needs to be down to earth to reform the Catholic Church. I think Pope Francis will uplift the church esp. the younger generation who are tired of celevrity preachers who do not practice what they preach.

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      Lor's Stories 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I believe he Will put his words into action.

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      Sandra Remilien 5 years ago

      I am glad of the name as well. I think he will put his words into action like Pope John Paul and that is why so many people are hopeful!

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      Lor's Stories 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I'm hoping he stays humble and urges the priests to not be so aloof.

      I'm glad he chose Francis!

      I think I need to see him put his words into action!

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