THe selection of a new Pope has always been covered heavily in the media, mainly because they know they have a massive audience interested in the proceedings.
At least it's better than coverage of murders and all the garbage that these newscasters dig up. I know my DIL in FL is glued to every tidbit of news about this election of the new pope - you'd think she had a direct connection to anything in the Catholic church. She's fanatical!! :rolleyes:
I personally would like to know what is so secret and hush-hush about the election process. I think the Catholic people deserve the right to know what goes on behind those closed and locked doors - afterall - it will directly impact their lives. I know the Vatican is just following age old traditions, but maybe they need to change a bit - just as the times have changed!
No - I'm not Catholic............
Everything about the running of the church is a secret. I am, or was, a Catholic. I will be eternally greatful for their school system, which is one of the
finest in this country, but I can't support the Catholic hierarchy response to the sex abuse scandals. They seem to put a priority on keeping the institution
intact instead of dealing with sexual perverts within the church who prey upon our children.
There is a growing division within the Catholic church on this topic, among others, to drag the Church into the 20th century. Many others feel the need to speak out
and hope & pray for serious change within the church. ( I'm not at all hopeful that anything will change in my lifetime) This article offers a little insight from a Catholic
I am not Catholic, but it makes me a little happy and hopeful that the new Pope chose to be the first Pope Francis, as Saint Francis of Assisi was not only a notorious friend to birds and animals, but a reformer of the church as well.
I know nothing about this guy, but that made me smile.
Some notes on the new Pope:
His views While he is known for modernizing an Argentinian church considered to be among the most conservative in Latin America, he is also known for his strict views on morality -- having staunchly opposed same-sex marriage, contraception and abortion.
He has called adoption by gay parents a form of discrimination against children -- a stance that was publicly criticized by Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Still, Bergoglio has shown compassion for HIV and AIDS patients, visiting a hospice in 2001 to kiss and wash the feet of some of those affected by the disease.
He once accused his fellow church leaders of being hypocrites and lambasted them for forgetting that Jesus was known to bathe lepers and ate with prostitutes.
"Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the word in body as well as spirit," he told priests in Argentina last year.
“This is a man who goes into the shantytowns and cooks with the people," said Gerard O’Connell, CTV Vatican specialist. "I think the world is going to discover a very new style of being pope."
Fast facts on Jorge Mario Bergoglio:
- Ordained as a priest in 1969
- Initially trained as a chemist
- Taught psychology, philosophy and theology
- Became Buenos Aires archbishop in 1998
- Became cardinal in 2001
- Lives in a small apartment rather than a palatial bishop
- Known to love the tango
- Often rode the bus to work and gave up his personal chauffeur
- Chose to sit in the back row of bishops' meetings
Ah, a little ray of sunshine, in what has been a very politically dark & dreary Indiana Legislator Session. :)
Have him test the Presidential waters!
Rep. Darrell Issa is headed to New Hampshire next month to deliver an address at a venue that has been a must-do appearance for presidential aspirants.
The Vista Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will speak to a joint session of the Concord Republican City and Merrimack County committees annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday, Feb. 17.
Okay, just got an email asking me to sign the "People versus Carbon" petition! Hello? Hello? Anyone home? Um, we humans (and most life on earth) are partially made up of Carbon - did a quick Google, and we are about 18% Carbon - not really something we can be opposed to and live, anyway!
I think the petition speaks more to atmospheric carbon, pollution and the stricter monitoring of coal/oil production. The local coal plant here is shutting down half its operation, as it won't be able to financially work the re-structuring necessary to address the nasty pollution.
And thanks, we have a bunch of iron here - cars, including mine park outside! ;) And of course, iron-y happens sometimes anyway! ;)