We have a Pope -- or, at least, the Catholic Church does. It's the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who has taken the name Francis I. He is the first Jesuit to become Pope, and a doctrinal conservative. He sounds good, based on this profile from the AP:
Catholics are still buzzing over his speech last year accusing fellow church officials of hypocrisy for forgetting that Jesus Christ bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes.
“In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage,” Bergoglio told his priests. “These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the Church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptized!”
Bergoglio compared this concept of Catholicism to the Pharisees of Christ’s time: people who congratulate themselves while condemning others.
“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,” Bergoglio said.
He is said to be a man of the people, who rides the bus -- and whose father was an Italian rail worker. May God bless his work as Pope.
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