Pope Francis’ popularity grows

with protestants:
Seems a couple of well known protestants are offering their praise of the new Pope. The kind of Pope protestants think a pope should be:
Glenn Beck: www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/20/find-out-why-glenn-beck-thinks-pope-francis-has-the-potential-to-be-one-of-the-best-popes-in-the-catholic-churchs-history/
Why Does Glenn Beck Think Pope Francis Could Be One of the Best Popes in the Catholic Church’s History?
And from my email:
Mike Huckabee”
The Refreshing Pope

Pope Francis made it clear from the get-go that he would be a different kind of pope. He kept his plain crucifix and humble clothes instead of adopting the papal gold cross and silk brocades. He greeted worshipers after mass like a small town parson. But on Holy Thursday, he made it plain as dirt that the more regal traditions of the papacy that had been restored by Pope Benedict were out the door. He not only observed the tradition set by Christ of washing the feet of 12 disciples, but he chose a dozen young prisoners at a youth detention facility. Two of them were girls. One was a Muslim girl. That’s outraged Catholic traditionalists on several levels. But defenders say that setting such a humble example makes it harder for liberals to attack him when he reaffirms traditional Church doctrines.

Personally, I find it refreshing and reassuring that Pope Francis has made clear that his version of being modern is not to retool church doctrine to be cool, but to take an unchanging gospel and advance it by personal relationships rather than by just more religious ritual. Jesus was loved by sinners, but held in contempt by religious leaders who like ceremony more than sacrifice and by political figures because his simplicity and teaching that the law was as much our inner thoughts as our outward and public behavior. He challenged their sense of elevated power and importance. Traditionalists who prefer the rituals just have to pray that the Pope will reaffirm the ones they most want him to keep.

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5 comments on “Pope Francis’ popularity grows

  1. Okay, now that Lent is over…

    “setting such a humble example”

    Indeed, although it rather seems as though Pope Francis is waging a “Hey, everyone! Look how humble I am!” campaign. Do his various “humble” actions really reflect true humility, or do they merely signify a profound lack of respect for the office to which he was elected — keeping in mind that he became Pope only after explicitly accepting his election. I’m sure this list will not be comprehensive, but in his short time so far as Pope, he has:

    1. Started off his reign (if he even considers it a reign rather than a “term in office”, an attitude encouraged by his predecessor’s resignation) by refusing the traditional cape;

    2. Personally settled his bill at the place where he was staying while in Rome for the conclave, and called the newspaper delivery man back in Buenos Aires to inform him that he will no longer be needing the paper delivered (a couple of very “nice” stories, but also signs of poor time management and delegation skills);

    3. Decided to not take up residence in the papal quarters;

    4. According to a source that I’ve not been able to verify, has expressed a desire to be referred to as simply “Francis” rather than Pope Francis; and

    5. Of course, the whole foot-washing travesty, which is apparently a logical “progression” of his behavior as a bishop in Argentina, and served to inspire one local, very aggressively “progressive” Novus Ordo priest (at my mom’s parish; the rest of my family still unfortunately considers 50 miles too far to travel for a Real Mass) to insist on his own Holy Thursday feet washings to consist of six men and six women, and to proclaim before doing so, “if you don’t like it, that’s your own problem,” (also said in reference to people having problems with clapping and cheering during Mass… or would that be “Mass”?).

    I was initially both disappointed and relieved by his election. Relieved that it wasn’t “I Won’t Repudiate Liberation Theology” Maradiaga, homophile Schoenborn, lefty favorite Turkson, or just about any American cardinal; and disappointed that it wasn’t Ouelette, Arinze, or Ranjith (or, in my more unrealistic moments, one of three — or maybe four — non-cardinal bishops). I was thinking that it could’ve been better but also could’ve been worse.

    Well… it is worse, and the stories coming out from supposedly secret conclaves bear this out. If true, the claim that he was the “first runner-up” at the last conclave would indicate that he was even then viewed as someone who would go along with the JP2 program rather than righting the course or undoing any of the damage caused by the now six previous popes (I’m including JPI, whose double-name novelty was an indication that he intended to follow the John XXIII/Paul VI direction; as well as Pius XII, who allowed Bugnini to have his practice runs at chopping up the Mass).

    I’ve heard some people say after seeing him on TV that he looks like he really doesn’t want to be Pope, and by itself, that would probably be a point in his favor, as what sane man who has any idea of what the position requires, would actually want it? However, once you’ve accepted it, there is a responsibility to show some respect toward the office, even if it requires putting aside personal grand gestures of humility. You are now the earthly head of the One True Church — you need to start acting like it!

    How are sedevacantists to be convinced of their error when the Pope himself seems to have less respect for the office than those who believe the office to still be vacant?

  2. If these people are liking him as pope, he’s not doing a good job thus far.
    The problem with the feet washing is that it’s not a matter of opinion. It’s church law and these rituals have meanings just as the rubrics do. He’s being imprudent and disrespectful right now.
    He should really read about Pope St. Pius X because his tenures in his various places he was assigned showed how to be humble. The greatest humility was becoming Pope. As the prayer we say to him states: “So deep was your humility O holy Pius X that thou shed tears of grief….”
    I’m so tired already of hearing about the poor, the marginalized, and his humility. The poor will always be with us. The marginalized are faithful Catholics who’ve been thrown under the bus constantly for 50 years, Pope St. Pius X was humble. If he really wants to be like St. Francis, he’d better learn about St. Francis. He’s so much more than Pope Francis keeps telling us about.
    I don’t think he wants to be pope, but he accepted the Vicar of Christ role in this world so he has to fulfill that the best he can. He’s not one among many bishops in the world, he’s The Vicar of Christ on earth. Jesus is his boss and demands much from him.
    Now, if he’s actually telling people of their errors in true charity and attempting to convert them, we’ll be cheering him along. Until then, lots of prayers are being said for him.

  3. That a Bergoglio, or a Ratzinger, or a Wojtyla, or a Montini, or a Roncalli even BECAME pope tells one all he needs to know about how brilliant Pascendi gregis truly was. Just like its author – who truly WAS humble and simply did his job.

  4. “I wish John Allen hadn’t mentioned this; if the Pope hears it, he’s liable to replace the Papal throne….”

    Too late, Glornt.

  5. Well, there go the last of my hopes that I’ve been overreacting… yep, he’s going to be too busy showing off his humility to do any of the whip-cracking that needs to be done. Apparently, his idea of “reform” is to lower the status of the office of Pope to the Eastern Schismatics’ preferred “first among equals”, or merely “one among equals”, or perhaps even “would you like fries with that, sir?”. He really needs to swallow his pride, and cut out all the grand gestures of humility.

    I already miss Pope Benedict — is it really too late for him to “un-retire”? That would give Francis a chance to be super-humble!

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