Pope sets tone for humbler papacy, calls for defense of the weak

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maybegray wrote:

How predictable. You see the word “Catholic” and ignore everything but your own agenda. Your selfishness is showing.

Mar 19, 2013 8:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
faustina wrote:

Love your trying to set Church leaders in opposition.

Fact check: In Pope Benedict was very accessible to crowds. In the public audience that I attended in 2006, he was in the open jeep not the bullet proof pope mobile. In his US visit there are images of him wading through the crowds; security in this country was at the behest of the US government. He did no live a particularly high life as Cardinal either.
And if you remember his encyclicals he had plenty to say about care of the poor and environment.

Mar 19, 2013 8:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MrSatyre wrote:

…He said, while surrounded by servants, armed guards, gold, wine and rare art.

Mar 19, 2013 9:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jimguinnessey wrote:

Though I was not an ardent fan of either Pope John Paul II or Pope Benedict XVI, it is incorrect for the media to imply that both of them, especially, Benedict, were stiff or aloof or too intellectual.Benedict was a very humble cardinal living in a nearby apt close to the Vatican who walked to work every day and who enjoyed having a beer with his lunch or dinner at nearby cafes. When elected Pope at age 78, Benedict said “mine will be a short pontificate.”Indeed it was and Benedict will be remembered for having started a new and much admired practice: papal resignation or retirement. I wish Pope Francis I well although, created a cardinal by John Paul II, I very much doubt if he will endorse any significant changes in Catholic Church polity.

Mar 19, 2013 9:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

satan and his servants hate people like Pope Francis who say we should help those in need, so we know who the Pope haters here worship.

Mar 19, 2013 10:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sanity-Monger wrote:

No Catholic leader can claim to care for the poor or the environment and still maintain the ban on birth control. In Gary Wills’ recent NYRB review, he states that the reason that Vatican II rejected liberalizing birth control restrictions had nothing to do with any ideas baked into church doctrine. No, it had to do with maintaining papal infallibility. Since a previous pope had stated birth control was wrong, they couldn’t now (in the 1960s) say it was right without admitting that the earlier pope’s writings had been in error. How anyone can be a follower of this hogwash is beyond me (my parents attempted to raise me Catholic, although clearly it never took).

Mar 19, 2013 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

For a hoot, google up the difference between “Roman Rite” Catholics, and “Ruthenian Rite” Cats. I dated my married priest’s daughter, and we were all good Catholics, fully blessed by holy mother church.

Mar 19, 2013 10:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
g2cool431 wrote:

“Although he is as conservative doctrinally as Benedict, his simplicity and his emphasis on the Church’s mission to care for the poor is a sea change from his predecessor.”

What a wonderful example of terrible journalism. If the writer took a minute to research, he would have found that Benedict’s abdication was one of the most humble, precedent setting things any pope has done. Paving the way for the election of this current Pope.

Mar 19, 2013 10:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
FredFrosty wrote:

It is good that you read Gary Will’s opinion. However the Popes can do a better job of telling you what they were thinking instead of Gary Wills.

It is clear; unless one is in denial, the devestating effects artificial contraception has caused; hormones in ground water, increase in abortions and divorce if couples even bother getting married. In short, a social mess.

ALL OF THIS was predicted in the encyclicals Casti Cannubii (Chaste Wedlock) and Humanae Vitae (Human Life).

Now you may like to believe that these teachings are adhered to because of infallibility, but it seems more evident looking at statistics for divorce, disease and abortion; that the teachings were right on and sticking to them is due to sticking to the Truth!

Mar 19, 2013 10:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
FredFrosty wrote:

Amazing Prophesy that has come true!

Increases in abortions, sodomy being accepted(so called gay marriage), pornography ubiquitus, and divorce if couples even bother getting married. In short, Fathers with second families ignoring first families; a social mess.

ALL OF THIS was predicted in the encyclicals Casti Cannubii (Chaste Wedlock) and Humanae Vitae (Human Life).

Check it out! How did they know!

Mar 19, 2013 10:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mirted wrote:

“take care of the poor, the weak, blah, blah, blah”..How about get off your butts and find real ways to help them raise themselves and their chilren out of poverty, even if pain is involved? The institutional rhetoric is for media consumption, but really, only activities that do more than keep the poor fed and in the same economic place are worth talking about.

Mar 19, 2013 11:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
krimsonpage wrote:

The Pope says something nice and all the religion cockroaches come out to criticize him and tell us all we are doomed sinners. Please stay away from your computers, losers.

Mar 19, 2013 1:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:


so how do your papal encyclicals explain all us Ruthenian Catholics? They don’t apply to us, and we are still good Catholics. Among the things I give thanks for is not being a Pole. Those guys get to do all the Roman weirdness, and look across the border at Ukrainians that don’t. And we all still have the blessing.

Mar 19, 2013 1:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:


By the way, there is no priest shortage in the Uniate Church, though they have been counseled by Roman priests about ‘confusing the laity’. Were I one of you westerners, I would definitely be confused.

Mar 19, 2013 1:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pjdjmj wrote:

Some here have, sadly, ugly hearts. We will pray for you.

Mar 19, 2013 3:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Missourimule wrote:

So far, we’ve seen virtually no difference, doctrinally, between Pope Francis & Pope Benedict. Yet Reuters uses this article as a weapon to slap Pope Benedict around, for absolutely no reason at all. Very subtly mean article.

Mar 19, 2013 4:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
10hawks wrote:

That’s all well and good. Inquiring minds are asking: How does he feel about young boys? We can’t blame them for this query, all things considered, but regardless–Let us hope he will reach out and extend his legendary “common touch” to all age groups!

Mar 19, 2013 9:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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