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Why Do Conservatives Hate Pope Francis So Much? Just Read These 20 Quotes

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Since becoming the newest pontiff on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis has had a lot to say. His words are literally moving the Catholic Church from what has been a right-wing dominated institution toward a more liberal one.

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Kit B (276)
Friday December 13, 2013, 1:26 pm
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Since becoming the newest pontiff on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis has had a lot to say. His words are literally moving the Catholic Church from what has been a right-wing dominated institution toward a more liberal one. In other words, back to the actual teachings of Jesus. Of course, that means conservatives here in America hate him. What has the Pope been saying to enrage conservatives you ask? Well, just read and enjoy the following 20 quotes uttered by Pope Francis himself.

Here are 20 Pope Francis quotes that conservatives hate:

1. “In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”
~Pope Francis, taking aim at ideologically obsessed Christians, October 2013

2. “We don’t want this globalised economic system which does us so much harm. Men and women have to be at the centre (of an economic system) as God wants, not money… The world has become an idolator of this god called money… To defend this economic culture, a throwaway culture has been installed. We throw away grandparents, and we throw away young people. We have to say no to his throwaway culture. We want a just system that helps everyone.”
~Pope Francis, criticizing “savage capitalism,” September 2013

3. “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods … It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”
~Pope Francis, criticizing obsessed focus on abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception, September 2013

4. “We have become used to the suffering of others. Has any one of us wept for these persons who were on the boat? For the young mothers carrying their babies? For these men who were looking for a means of supporting their families? We are a society which has forgotten how to weep, how to experience compassion… the church is with you in the search for a more dignified life for you and your families.”
~Pope Francis, taking up the plight of immigrants and the poor, July 2013

5. “A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.”
~Pope Francis, calling for social justice, Address to the Food and Agricultural Organization, June 2013

6. “The popes have spoken of human ecology, closely linked to environmental ecology. We are living in a time of crisis: we see this in the environment, but above all we see this in mankind … Man is not in charge today, money is in charge, money rules. God our Father did not give the task of caring for the earth to money, but to us, to men and women: we have this task! Instead, men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the ‘culture of waste.’”
~Pope Francis, standing up for the poor and the environment, June 2013

7. “We human beings are not only the beneficiaries but also the stewards of other creatures. Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement. Let us not leave in our wake a swatch of destruction and death which will affect our own lives and those of future generations.”
~Pope Francis, calling for protecting the environment, Evangelii Gaudium, November 2013

8. “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare.”
~Pope Francis, blasting “unfettered capitalism,” November 2013

9. “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.”
~Pope Francis, attacking trickle-down economics, Evangelii Gaudium, November 2013

10. “While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.”
~Pope Francis, attacking tax evasion by the wealthy, raw capitalism, and the interests of the rich over the environment, Evangelii Gaudium, November 2013

11. “The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess. I think, for example, of the special concern which women show to others, which finds a particular, even if not exclusive, expression in motherhood. I readily acknowledge that many women share pastoral responsibilities with priests, helping to guide people, families and groups and offering new contributions to theological reflection. But we need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. Because the feminine genius is needed in all expressions in the life of society, the presence of women must also be guaranteed in the workplace and in the various other settings where important decisions are made, both in the Church and in social structures. Demands that the legitimate rights of women be respected, based on the firm conviction that men and women are equal in dignity, present the Church with profound and challenging questions which cannot be lightly evaded.”
~Pope Francis, speaking on women’s rights and women’s role in the workplace, Evangelii Gaudium, November 2013

12. “We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition. I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practice their faith, in light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western countries! Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”
~Pope Francis, telling Christians to stop hating Muslims, Evangelii Gaudium, November 2013

13. “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”.. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
~Pope Francis, reaching out to atheists, May 2013

14. “… We have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?”
~Pope Francis, calling for having sympathy and compassion for women who choose abortion because of extreme poverty and rape, Evangelii Gaudium, November 2013

15. “When we talk about the environment, about creation, my thoughts turn to the first pages of the Bible, the Book of Genesis, which states that God placed man and woman on earth to cultivate and care for it. And the question comes to my mind: What does cultivating and caring for the earth mean? Are we truly cultivating and caring for creation? Or are we exploiting and neglecting it?”
~Pope Francis, advocating for taking care of the environment, June 2013

16. “Fighting poverty, both material and spiritual, building peace and constructing bridges: these, as it were, are the reference points for a journey that I want to invite each of the countries here represented to take up. But it is a difficult journey, if we do not learn to grow in love for this world of ours. Here too, it helps me to think of the name of Francis, who teaches us profound respect for the whole of creation and the protection of our environment, which all too often, instead of using for the good, we exploit greedily, to one another’s detriment.”
~Pope Francis, on poverty and the environment, Address, March 2013

17. “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.”
~Pope Francis, saying we should love people even if they are gay,

18. “This is happening today. If investments in banks fall, it is a tragedy and people say ‘what are we going to do?’ but if people die of hunger, have nothing to eat or suffer from poor health, that’s nothing. This is our crisis today. A Church that is poor and for the poor has to fight this mentality.”
~Pope Francis, condemning hunger, inaccessible health care, and poverty,

19. “The times talk to us of so much poverty in the world and this is a scandal. Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry.”
~Pope Francis, decrying poverty and hunger at a time of great world wealth during a meeting with students of Jesuit Schools, June 2013

20. “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says they should not be marginalized because of this (orientation) but that they must be integrated into society. The problem is not having this orientation. We must be brothers.”
~Pope Francis, putting the brakes on hating gay people, July 2013

Pope Francis is everything that conservatives hate.

Pope Francis is a different pontiff than his predecessors, and that’s a good thing that the world has badly been in need of. While not an absolute liberal, Pope Francis does hold many views in opposition to many conservative policies. Conservatives are largely prejudice, anti-poor, anti-women, anti-education, anti-healthcare, anti-peace, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, and against other religious beliefs. Pope Francis is none of these things. And that’s why conservatives hate him. He doesn’t fit the extreme mold that the right-wing demands. In other words, he’s not a cold-hearted lunatic. He’s the compassionate and inclusive pontiff that a majority of the people have been waiting for.

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Arielle S (313)
Friday December 13, 2013, 2:10 pm
Never expected to be on the same side as a pope but this one is very different - he may be everything conservatives hate but he is all I believe he should be. So, the words I would have for these conservatives are mostly unpublishable.....

Wilde T (10)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:51 pm
I would be impressed if they wren't still opposed to birth control, vasectomies, abortion rights, contraception and actively and ideologically act to deny people those rights rather than just disapproving of them., If their hospitals and clinics are devious and deceptive and allowing womens lives to be lost versus saving an unborn fetus. I am more concerned with the trickle down of scientific, behavioral, biological, medical, and religious rights by legal obstacles and restrictions of all kinds.
They are trying to straddle both sides of fences they have created to fence in people rights. Gay marriage is about people to have rights and privileges that have been created by religion to licence marriage rights and control the population in so doing. To control human sexual relationship and bind it to their principles. All the while ignoring large minority rights to have similar secular society rights in their relationships. It isn't even about their God it is about the necessities of living in society without barriers to living a normal life. Meanwhile they expect us to forgive their sexual transgressions in being unable to live their own rigid dogmatic and ideological sexual repression.
Or their history or economic capitalism in leading the march into this hemisphere and siphoning off the gold like barbarians all the while chastising the victims and ignoring the children living in South American garbage dumps and throw away kids. I tend to think they capitalize on poverty to keep their own coffers full and employees working in ways that help keep them underfed and under nourished while the church stay occupied in other ways. To the point of selling heaven and raising the specter of hell to enslave to their archaic ways.

Fiona O (565)
Friday December 13, 2013, 5:18 pm
It will take more than a progressive/liberal pope for the ordination of women to ever be allowed.

pam w (139)
Friday December 13, 2013, 10:06 pm
"Wild Thankg," Betsy and I are on the same side of this issue. He might be more intelligent, empathetic and intelligent than the last umpteen popes...but until he realizes that women are equals and have the right to self-determination of our reproduction and leadership roles within his church, I've no respect for him.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday December 13, 2013, 10:19 pm
I have to agree with Betsy and Pam. Thank you for sharing, Kit.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday December 13, 2013, 10:26 pm
As usual I do not care what they to think (spew) I am Catholic and he has my attention. So far I love him.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday December 13, 2013, 10:35 pm
Newly elected Pope Francis is already making clear that his focus will be to embrace the disadvantaged. He chose his papal title in homage to St. Francis of Assisi, a renowned advocate for the poor and the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Previous popes have expressed concern for animals and their well-being. Pope John Paul II was a noted animal advocate who declared that animals are “as near to God as men are.” He also maintained that animals “possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren.” Pope Francis’ predecessor Pope Benedict XVI felt that “animals, too, are God’s creatures. … This degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible.”

God clearly instructs his followers to “love one another” (John 13:34), “be merciful” (Luke 6:36), and not to harm one another (Isaiah 11:9).

Hopefully, Pope Francis will continue to guide Catholics down the compassionate path that his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, set out on so many years ago.


Past Member (0)
Friday December 13, 2013, 11:32 pm
So you like separation of church and state unless you agree with the politics and then it's okay?

Glenn B (196)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:35 am
Now this is one pope that I like. Noted.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:01 am
Often I wonder why they elect him...

Louise D (44)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:20 am
Given the hateful and spiteful comments made by so called Christians is so at odds to the teachings of Jesus it is a bit of fresh air to have a Pope who actually doesn't seem to be stuck in the middle ages. The last Pope Benedict XVI was know as the Papal Rottweiler and was the chief of the Roman inquisition neither of which made him likeable to say the least.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:57 am
The Republicans and the Teabaggers don't just hate the Pope these aliens hate everybody but themselves.

John Y (83)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:02 am
Thanks for sharing.

Rose B (141)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:18 am
I agree with Pam

Athena F (131)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:38 am
thank you

Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:02 am
I think he's great, a fresh wind through the Vatican, who is trying to change the medieval dogma's. I hope he'll have enough time to achieve his goals :)

Krish Away (43)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:19 am
Do you know his quotes are being used to Support LGBT communities in India in times of distress?
There is ongoing debate in news channels between LGBT Activists & Religious heads about Supreme Court's Judgement to reinstate the criminalization of Gay sex which was decriminalized by High Court in 2009.

If interested.. watch this Debate

. (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:56 am
Great article, Kit. Thanks for sharing. Conservatives shouldn't hate Pope Francis.

bob m (32)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 9:31 am

how quickly the dawning of antichrist is upon the world.................................... be not deceived.. only the Blood of the Lamb can save.. God is not mocked...(islam)..

. (0)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10:03 am
Much as I despise the Church and most religions for that matter; I like the man. I like the way he thinks and the way he walks the walk. We could sit down and have coffee; some intelligent conversation but I would never return to such an archaic methodology or institution.
Then again, I have no love or respect for most of the political organizations either. They are just as anachronistic; fixated on their own glory and preservation rather than what's good for the planet and everything it contains.

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 11:22 am
He is headed in the right direction one step at a time. I am not particularly a fan of any organized religion but the Pope does possess a fair bit of influence and these changes could help make the world a better place. Lots of other issues to be addressed though. Thanks Kit.

Roger G (154)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:16 pm
noted, thanks

Barbara V (51)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:24 pm
A progressive Pope! Miraculous!!! Now look at the Conservatives in our government and for God's sake get RID of them, come election day!!!

Joanne D (38)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:36 pm
(Spammer flagged) He is not trying to be progressive. He is trying to be Christian, and is much closer than any Pope since John XXIII has been. Because right wing conservatives, while claiming Christianity, are so far away from Christ, the words of Pope Francis convict them of sin. Of course they hate that!

No, John S, no theology would make a theocracy acceptable. For one thing. power is so corruptive, and for another, the people who are filling positions of authority change, and a vary good Christian could easily be replaced with a fundamentalist dominionist, and if you have given power to the position, you are then up a creek. No one is encouraging dumping the separation of church and state. On the contrary, we are enjoying the shaming of those who have been trying to dump the separation of church and state and force their version of Christianity onto all of us. Technically that is a sin against charity but I find it very excusable.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:00 pm
Noted, thanks.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:20 pm
Noted. Many of the things listed above were basically what I was taught as a very young Catholic child...mostly by my mom, not by church schooling. I remember "Jesus is Love" and "Jesus cared for the poor." It seemed so odd to me that those teachings have been completely mangled by conservatives & fundamentalists over the years.....helped by the corporate media, of course. I will not return to that church or any church, though. Patriarchy has pushed me so far away that there can never be enough said or done to gloss it over. At least this pope is moving in the right direction of love, peace & equality.

marie C (163)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 5:12 pm
I totally agree with Betsy and Pam W

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 5:18 pm
Thanks Kit. Great post; great comments; great pope.


Julie W (32)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 7:38 pm
Absolutely wonderful comments from the Pope. At last, a man with some humanity who goes beyond dogma. BTW, I am not Catholic, or any other religion.

Lloyd H (46)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10:32 pm
I Was Roman Catholic, it would do people good to remember that there is more than One Catholic church now fewer the at the beginning. I would do many good to also remember that Both the OT and NT consider slavery perfectly acceptable. There is no Emancipation Proclamation of Jesus. And while the Newest Pontifex Maximus of the Roman Catholic Church so far talks great about economic justice and equality that is the only justice and equality he preaches. Women are still chattel and all LGBT are mortal sinners condemned to Hell everlasting. Damn it people read his words not the PR spin put on them, " We can not insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods....It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.". There is absolutely no change in Church dogma or activity advocated in his words. September, 2013 he personally denounced 'abortion as a symptom of todays "throw-away culture" speaking to American gynecologists and encouraged Catholic Doctors to refuse to perform them. He talks like a Repug, ' There is nothing wrong with our message only the delivery." He has not even gone so far as to tell the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to shut the hell up or get out of social politics, because that is not what he believes. What he believes is that a less odious approach will help the death spiral in Catholic membership. Women's rights, LGBT rights, the protection and promotion of predatory pedophiles has decimated the RCC in Europe. Not so long ago Ireland exported more priests than any nation on Earth. Now 3-5 nearly empty Irish churches share a single priest, who is most likely not Irish. Ireland has modified its Abortion Ban, legalized LGBT Civil unions with full marriage up as a referendum of the people in 2015. The RCC is/has lost the abortion battle in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Poland to name the ones on the top of my head. The RCC has lost the Gay marriage battle in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. The RCC is losing the battle on LGBT rights in Central and South America in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Mexico, and Uruguay.

Kit B (276)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 8:02 am

I like this man, he words are certainly a breath of fresh air. I am not easily duped and I do realize that he is clever enough to use sugar and not vinegar. The church needs the flock to fly back home with their dollars in tow. He says, "Who am I to judge" but has he been pro-active in making direct changes in church policy?

Robert B (60)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 9:20 am
This Pope is going in the right direction. He has my respect for that. It is obvious that he can't turn everything around in an instant. Give him some space and time to do what he is sent here to do. We all have a mission in life and NONE of us can fix EVERYTHING. It takes ALL of us to change things for the better.

. (0)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 10:56 am
“A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.”
~Pope Francis, calling for social justice, Address to the Food and Agricultural Organization, June 2013

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:00 pm
Why do the conservatives hate the Pope?
It is because they have been misquoting the bible and all the things that Jesus represented. They have been demonizing the poor and those who cannot help themselves. On the other hand....he stands and advocated for the poor and disadvantaged. They preach hate. He preaches love. They preach intolerance. He preaches inclusion. Yes, there are areas where the Pope agrees with the conservatives, but there are disagreements as well. Their problem is that if someone disagrees with them he is not only part of the problem, but also in the clutches of evil.
One more thing that needs to be understood. The far right has based its political dogma on religious grounds. Frances has challenged those stands with proven theology.

Sharon W. (4)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:27 pm
He is giving new hope.

Winn A (179)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:34 pm
I like what this pope says but actions do speak louder than words. Some of his actions are good but I'd like to see this church with a female pope someday and if priests don't have to take a vow of poverty why should the nuns have to? There are many more issues I have with the Catholic church but I'd be here All Day listing them . . . . .

Mitchell D (104)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:47 pm
You go, Lloyd and Robert, and Pam and Betsy.
Spammer flagged here, also.
I do not need to read the 20 conservative comments to believe that their displeasure with the Pope has to do with his failure to tell them that they are blessed if they take MORE!

Pamylle G (461)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 3:21 pm
Lovely to have a Pope who actually practices what Jesus taught - imagine that !

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 6:48 pm
I will assume John S. comment was directed towards somebody else.
I believe in separation of church and State.
I am Catholic so I have a HUGE interest in what the Pope has to say

Klaus Peters (14)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 7:02 pm
The Catholic church has lost its grip on its followers, hence empty churches. There is a need to reform and clever PR talk will not do the job. The days of total control are long gone.

Carlene V (202)
Monday December 16, 2013, 5:40 am
Thanks for the article. What are those with their rigid un-Christian beliefs going to do now? They've been telling their constituents how Christian they are while all the time crossing their fingers behind their backs and acting in the most despicable un-Christian ways. Will Catholics return to the church? Will these phony politicians pretending to be Christians change their ways? Probably yes to the first and never to the second.

Thomas P (280)
Monday December 16, 2013, 3:32 pm
Noted...thanks Kit. Those who comment about how clever Pope Francisco's "talk" is seem to either be ignoring or are not educated about what he has actually done since he's become Pope. Those who claim that he has not spoken to the Bishops have no idea about the many beatdowns he has given them, including the most memorable and harshest to date of any Pope in my lifetime that occurred during the World Youth Day events held in Brazil in July. In fact, the Bishops are the group he has been the most critical of, and deservedly so, especially those here in the States. Change generally comes slowly, particularly in entrenched institutions like religion. This Pope is not only saying, he is doing and leading by example. He is making a difference across the board (with believers and nonbelievers alike). He has advocated for women, gays, the poor, the needy, the lost, the imprisoned, those who are at odds with the church, even nonbelievers. To those who say they have "no respect" for him, I would try to remember that he is a very new Pope, and already he has said and done things that no other Pope has ever done certainly in my lifetime, albeit I am younger than many commenting here. Some of the comments here, to me, suggest that those who made them did not read the article (much less delve into the pieces that the article is based upon. I suspect many of those people are obstinate, which, to me, is a very nonprogressive trait. As a liberal, I find that to be a bit sad. As a liberal and a Roman Catholic, Pope Francisco makes me happy to be both.

Uncle Jay Hubbard (19)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 9:02 am
I don't know the exact arguments they're having, but it sounds like they have the same differences as Jesus & 'the Pharisees'---the Pharisees did 'hard work' (obedience, schooling, training, ritual) to get to their 'positions,' how DARE this lowly son-of-a-carpenter (with no formal schooling) claim lordship over us!

Jesus was behind the claim that each human is DIRECTLY CONNECTED to God; Pharisees/royals/conservatives are devoted to 'hierarchy' (the person has to go to the cashier, then their supervisor, then the assistant-manager, then the manager, then the regional manager, then the mayor, the governor, the congressmen, the senator, the vice president, the president, the CEO, and THEN God!)

Jan Billy Pedersen (43)
Friday December 20, 2013, 9:34 am
Noted. For once a Pope with a bit of brains :)

Wednesday November 26, 2014, 9:31 am
As a Catholic and a UKIP member, I definitely love this Pope. I see nothing in what he says that is against holding Conservative values!

Wednesday November 26, 2014, 9:38 am
Conservative Christians are not:
Anti-gay. We say that they can have civil partnerships but not married.
Anti-women. Men and women should have equality of opportunity
Anti-poor. Being opposed to Socialism =/= hating the poor.

To all the Progressives the Pope is not on your side!
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