Pope Francis

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    Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has been elected by his peers as the new pope, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas.

    He has chosen to be known as Pope Francis.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03...#ixzz2NS0OZtVz

    While I am not Catholic, I very much admire all the good Catholicism has done and is still doing in the world.
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    About Kylee B

    From 'Southeast'; Joined Feb '13; Posts: 102; Likes: 126.

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  3. Visit  herring_RN profile page
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    I pray he will apologize the the coverup of child abuse by church leaders.
    It is ironic that clergy who have consentual sex with adults are punnished whild child abuse is covered up.

    I wish Pope Francis well. And a long life.
    The first non European Pope is a good idea.
    nursel56, StNeotser, VivaLasViejas, and 3 others like this.
  4. Visit  TopazLover profile page
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    Echoing the need for acknowledgemnt of the abuse and making sure these men do not have contact with those who are potential victims. It seems that a non-European Pope may be able to give a freshness that Benedict could not. Prayers for healing of the Catholic Church as this chapter unfolds.
  5. Visit  juan de la cruz profile page
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    ex-Catholic here, sounds like a good guy from what I've read, but...very Catholic (translation = not much change as far as views on homosexuality, women clergy).
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  6. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from juan de la cruz
    ex-Catholic here, sounds like a good guy from what I've read, but...very Catholic (translation = not much change as far as views on homosexuality, women clergy).
    yep, he is definitely against gay marriage and gay adoption.

    Pope Francis Against Gay Marriage, Gay Adoption

    in spite of his views, i am relieved that acceptance of gay marriage has been making great strides, and pray it continues to do so.

    leslie
  7. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    I believe that gay marriage may never be accepted in religious communities as a whole, but hopefully they will be better accepted in civil society and communities.

    We are fortunate in the US that we do not live under Christian law (or any other religious law) and therefore our personal choices are not required to meet a faith based litmus test.
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  8. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Quote from tewdles
    I believe that gay marriage may never be accepted in religious communities as a whole, but hopefully they will be better accepted in civil society and communities.
    Nor should religious communities be forced to accept practices that run counter to their belief systems.

    That said.......civil society can, and should accept (and even encourage!) gay marriage. Stable, committed couples form the backbone of civilization......I fail to see how "Adam and Steve's" union threatens my own, let alone that of the institution of marriage. As far as I'm concerned, that argument is balderdash and I reject it outright, even though I am a practicing Catholic and support the overwhelming majority of my church's teachings. Not that anyone asked me, of course.....
  9. Visit  TopazLover profile page
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    I believe if the Catholic Church continues it's conservative stance on birth control, being gay, and gay marriage they will continue to lose young parishioners in the US.

    Many of the gay people I know have walked away from Christianity because Christianity pushed them away. I have walked away from some organized religious situations because I figure if my DS is not welcome, I am not welcome either. She is one who was pushed away. All she wants is the freedom to love who she does. The Catholic Church may thrive in other parts of the world, I heard 40% of Catholics are Hispanic. I think the US base is shrinking quickly. Perhaps the same rate as many other Christian churches, I don't know. However many it is it is sad.
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  10. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    i agree aky, that it is sad.
    it must be tough to be conservative in a progressive, evolving society.
    however, i was most impressed by pope francis's wooden cross...
    and his views on healthcare.
    the man is well liked, esp by the poor.

    leslie
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  11. Visit  TopazLover profile page
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    Leslie, I agree. He cannot be judged by one stance. I appreciate that he is not dressed in gold when so many of his flock are in great distress.
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  12. Visit  juan de la cruz profile page
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    Quote from leslie :-D
    i agree aky, that it is sad.
    it must be tough to be conservative in a progressive, evolving society.
    however, i was most impressed by pope francis's wooden cross...
    and his views on healthcare.
    the man is well liked, esp by the poor.

    leslie
    He's a remarkable guy...choosing to live on an apartment instead of the archbishop's palace in Buenos Aires as a cardinal, making his own meals, and commuting to work, a true people's priest if you ask me. As a former Catholic, I'm very impressed by the missionary work done by religious men and women in areas wrecked with poverty and injustice many times risking their own lives along the way. It was was hard to leave the faith for me but I made a decision to refuse to be a cafeteria Catholic.
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  13. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from juan de la cruz
    It was was hard to leave the faith for me but I made a decision to refuse to be a cafeteria Catholic.
    i'm sure you know that you needn't leave your faith entirely...
    meaning that you keep what is worth keeping, and blow the rest away.

    leslie
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  14. Visit  herring_RN profile page
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    Quote from leslie :-D
    i'm sure you know that you needn't leave your faith entirely...
    meaning that you keep what is worth keeping, and blow the rest away.

    leslie
    That would be a "cafeteria Catholic'.
    I attend mass but don't go to communion. often I attend a Protestant church instead. I feel it would be disrespectful to take communion when I'm OK with not having a baby every year or two. I have two kids.
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