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What's in a Name? A Lot When a Pope Chooses it

Dave12182 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 12:08 PM
This article may be the most beautiful and eloquent I've read about Pope Francis. That it comes, not from a Catholic, but a Jew, makes it partcularly meaningful. As a Catholic, I am overjoyed at his selection, and I believe the Holy Spirit was present in the conclave. People of good will are hopeful. Those small, pitiful souls (they know who they are) who only want to cricitize, will certainly find fault with him. But that should be expected. Jesus was faultless, and look what they did to him. Can a mere mortal expect any more favorable treatment. Thanks, Paul, for having the class to say what many prominent Catholics should have said, but didn't.
Emilie3 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 4:02 PM
Yes, it is good to have someone who will challenge the worldliness of the entrenched "good-old'boy-network", the Curia. They should sell the palaces and improve things for the poor. Jesus never lived in a palace, and hated the way money was hoarded and misused.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 7:39 PM
Some Roman customs ought to be troubling. The actual Peter would have hooted at the idea of a throne with his name on it on earth in which a group of non-Jewish successors would sit, whilst in the meantime telling some bizarre stories about the Jewish people. (He's got a fine throne in Heaven -- as will all saved Christians.)
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 3:51 PM

It's a fine article. He's a good man; and Jews are supposed to be good.

After all, we are the Catholic Church whose Head is a Jew; the King of the Jews. His holy mother the Virgin is a daughter of Abraham, lovliest of flowers in the Holy Land. Jesus redeemed Jews and Gentiles; and on His cross was attached a sign saying, This is the king of the Jews. The precious blood He shed was Jewish blood. Far from a blasphemy; it's a fact.

rv2 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 3:26 PM
As neither Jewish nor Catholic, I also found this piece to both graceful and gracious.
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 12:23 PM
Isn't the Holy Spirit always everywhere?
goldilocks Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 3:01 PM
it depends upon what you mean

Habemus Papam! We have a pope! That was the word, or rather the words, from St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday, and it wasn't just a worldwide church that had awaited the news, but the world itself. And the news was good, as in the Good News. For suddenly the air in Rome and far beyond seemed filled with a hope that was almost palpable.

Habemus Papam! Even as the white smoke was still drifting, spirits were lifting. And then the name that the new pope had chosen for himself was announced: Francis. As in Francis of Assisi, saint and exemplar. A...