Thursday, March 14, 2013
The New Pope is an American
I'm very excited about the possibilities. Being a Jesuit he has taken a vow of poverty and is dedicated to education, I'm really digging that. It's a great start. He took the name of Saint Francis of Assisi whose peaceful association with nature and charity I greatly admire. He seems to be doing some things that show he is going to be a reformer with common sense and lead by service.
There are just three things that concern me. He is old; and he is against birth control and gay marriage.
Clearly birth control is the right thing to do in a world of over 7 billion people and not seeing that is troubling.
The problem I have with his discrediting of gay marriage is not really about gay marriage itself. I can certainly see where there is a very long and well established tradition of heterosexual marriage. I am personally not opposed to gay marriage, but I wonder if someone who is against it doesn't see homosexuality as a sin. That I have a problem with, and I think it would be detrimental to bringing the church into the modern age.
Clearly you and I were not elected Pope yesterday (unless Pope Francis is reading this and in that case I am very honored indeed Your Eminence) so my poll is somewhat moot now. No body has voted on it anyway.
Clearly there is going to be an emphasis on where I think religion should be, charity, community responsibility and service. There will be a de-emphasis on hierarchy.
On my poll I'm guessing we can forget about any moves to make homosexuality not a sin, I doubt priests will be allowed to get married, birth control will continue to be a sin, and fertilized human egg cells will probably still be considered humans (Pope Francis is against abortion).
Any moves to reunite the churches and ordain women is to be seen, but I doubt they are likely. On the other hand, I'm sure there will be a zero tolerance on sex crimes.
You can still vote on what you think the new Pope should work on, and I encourage you to in the most extreme way.
Whether you are Catholic or not, this is an important and historical event. When 1.2 billion people have a new leader there will be changes in the world that will likely impact almost everyone in some way.