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(Chron)   People startled when old man in robe shows up at small church, kisses babies, gives a short sermon and jokes with kids. Apparently Popes don't usually do that sort of thing   (chron.com) divider line 64
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2013-03-17 10:45:47 AM  
Either he is a really nice guy or this is brilliant PR. Or both./Catholic
 
2013-03-17 11:08:43 AM  
In his homily, Francis said the core message of God is "that of mercy." He said God has an unfathomable capacity to pardon and noted that people are often harder on each other than God is toward sinners.

I'm having a very difficult time not believing this is directly related to the sex abuse scandals in the church, and the other Cardinal's comments about how it should be treated with mercy, not punished.

My bet is, Francis will hold the line on that age-old argument, the right of priests to be "punished" by the Church and not civil authorities.  "Punishment" usually consisting of a transfer and perhaps a promotion.

He's still corrupt.  He's just nicer about it.
 
2013-03-17 11:09:01 AM  
And the media continues to report on everything pope-related EXCEPT the reasons the last one stepped down. Wouldn't want to make people uncomfortable with actual news...
 
2013-03-17 11:10:17 AM  
It's looking like we may have actually gotten a legitimately nice guy this go around.

I am NOT a fan of the Catholic church...
 
2013-03-17 11:10:27 AM  
Did they count the kids after he left, just to be sure?
 
2013-03-17 11:11:11 AM  

simplicimus: Either he is a really nice guy or this is brilliant PR. Or both./Catholic


If it's PR, he's been working on it for his entire career.  The man has spent decades being known as a personable, humble, friendly man.  If it's PR, he's the best PR guy the Catholics have had in a long, long time.

/Not Catholic
 
2013-03-17 11:12:08 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: And the media continues to report on everything pope-related EXCEPT the reasons the last one stepped down. Wouldn't want to make people uncomfortable with actual news...


Ahh, the secret conspiracy of the liberal MSM media! I just KNEW it was them!
 
2013-03-17 11:12:44 AM  

Silverstaff: simplicimus: Either he is a really nice guy or this is brilliant PR. Or both./Catholic

If it's PR, he's been working on it for his entire career.  The man has spent decades being known as a personable, humble, friendly man.  If it's PR, he's the best PR guy the Catholics have had in a long, long time.

/Not Catholic


First impression is this. Which is good.
 
2013-03-17 11:15:12 AM  
He's just casing his new victims
 
2013-03-17 11:16:35 AM  
http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/
hahaha these guys can't get over a Pope who simplifies tradition and wants more money spent on the poor rather than razzle-dazzle. ZOMG God wants pomp & circumstance, the Catholic church is going to dieeeee!!!
 
2013-03-17 11:17:07 AM  

ghare: Silverstaff: simplicimus: Either he is a really nice guy or this is brilliant PR. Or both./Catholic

If it's PR, he's been working on it for his entire career.  The man has spent decades being known as a personable, humble, friendly man.  If it's PR, he's the best PR guy the Catholics have had in a long, long time.

/Not Catholic

First impression is this. Which is good.


Indeed. I'll take the semblance of goodness as a first step toward actual goodness (with respect to the church in general, etc).
 
2013-03-17 11:17:56 AM  

Silverstaff: he man has spent decades being known as a personable, humble, friendly man. If it's PR, he's the best PR guy the Catholics have had in a long, long time.


And best buddies with the people who gave you the "dirty war"
 
2013-03-17 11:18:06 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: And the media continues to report on everything pope-related EXCEPT the reasons the last one stepped down. Wouldn't want to make people uncomfortable with actual news...


I think the old Pope is dying, assuming he's as frail as the media has made him out to be.
 
2013-03-17 11:19:50 AM  

Egalitarian: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/
hahaha these guys can't get over a Pope who simplifies tradition and wants more money spent on the poor rather than razzle-dazzle. ZOMG God wants pomp & circumstance, the Catholic church is going to dieeeee!!!


I'm happy to see that he's taken the attitude, "I'm the Pope, we'll do it my way, fark tradition". The fact that he pisses off the wingnuts is just gravy.
 
2013-03-17 11:20:37 AM  
Show me a Pope who can fix his broken house - scandals in the Vatican, the priesthood, etc. - and I'll show you a Pope who can change the world.

Too bad it won't happen. But it's a beautiful dream.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-03-17 11:21:18 AM  
He just may be he genuinely nice fellow he appears to be. However (and this conditional is MASSIVE) if he still parrots the same tired, unmovable, unswerving ancient and close-minded party lines not much, if anything, will change for the better. So he wears a nice smile, but still wields the same old bludgeon. I pass.

People will still see the glaring double-standard of the lack of justice for any wrongdoing on a clergies part, while reminding the populous of their consequences for sinning.

And I will still refuse to go sit in church as my personal form of protest.
 
2013-03-17 11:21:53 AM  
Pope4 story.

time to:

UMLEASH THE HATE DRAGONS OF FARK
 
2013-03-17 11:24:18 AM  
I like this Pope. He has said that he wants the Church to be a "poor church, for the poor". I think
that he is going to shake up the Church all the way to the top. In addition to everything else, he
has not re-confirmed those holding positions within the Vatican. Traditionally, folks only hold those
positions for the tenure of the pontiicate during which they were appointed. When a new Pope
is elected, usually he re-confirms them and then appoints his own choices at a later date. The
fact that he isn't doing that is leading to some speculation that he intends to proceed with new
appointments sooner rather than later.
 
2013-03-17 11:26:45 AM  
"Francis I: Superstar". Now playing.
 
2013-03-17 11:35:41 AM  
I have to wonder about how the pope will affect the falkland islands.  I'm sure that the appointment will boost Argentinian nationalism and the british broke with rome....
 
2013-03-17 11:42:30 AM  
as a lapsed Catholic I kinda like this guy so far, reminds me of JP2
 
2013-03-17 11:42:46 AM  
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
Welcome to the new, more user friendly, less kid diddly Catholic church.
 
2013-03-17 11:55:46 AM  
I have always liked the phrase "If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him".  I suppose it can apply to Christ as well.

I want to believe that people have this church and believe these things because they want to be Christ-like, and that rapists and hypocrites and liars and so on will see their due reward in this life, on this Earth, and not have to wait for a punishment later (that will not come, says atheist I).

I doubt they will, but hey, maybe this guy will do something. Time will tell.

//I'm drunk.
///Time to go to bed.
 
2013-03-17 11:57:45 AM  
I'm not a fan of the Catholic church.
But this guy looks like he may be a genuinely nice guy.

I doubt anyone here will live to see a Pope that is ok on abortion of Teh Ghey though.
 
2013-03-17 11:58:16 AM  
I'm sure he told some great zingers about how gays are in league with the Devil and there's no systemic problem with Catholic priests raping children.  Knee-slappers!
 
2013-03-17 12:02:35 PM  
I would like to see him return everything that has been stolen in the name of the church and also pay reparations to the descendants of everyone that has been raped, imprisoned, enslaved, tortured or murdered in the name of the church throughout it's history.

Then the church can turn all of their child molesters and those who have kept them hidden in the church over to the civil authorities for prosecution.  They know who they are and where they are.  It's time that they did the right thing.
 
2013-03-17 12:03:18 PM  
And the last time a nice guy was elected pope he lasted 33 days.....
 
2013-03-17 12:11:27 PM  
He probably went to pick out kids like others pick out puppies. 'I want the one with the floppy ears!'
 
2013-03-17 12:16:52 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: In his homily, Francis said the core message of God is "that of mercy." He said God has an unfathomable capacity to pardon and noted that people are often harder on each other than God is toward sinners.

I'm having a very difficult time not believing this is directly related to the sex abuse scandals in the church, and the other Cardinal's comments about how it should be treated with mercy, not punished.

My bet is, Francis will hold the line on that age-old argument, the right of priests to be "punished" by the Church and not civil authorities.  "Punishment" usually consisting of a transfer and perhaps a promotion.

He's still corrupt.  He's just nicer about it.


We do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are.
 
2013-03-17 12:22:57 PM  
I'll be here all week. Try the wafers. Tip your collection plate.
 
2013-03-17 12:27:06 PM  
I'm a lapsed Catholic. It seems to me that Francis seemed pushed into a position that he was reluctant to take (he appeared nervous when he walked onto the balcony) but I'm hoping that he'll make the papacy his own. This seems like a step in the right direction and hopefully we can have large changes made to the Church.

Hell, I might go back I the right things are done.

/Bring in the Fark Anti-Catholic brigade
 
2013-03-17 12:36:18 PM  
As a Catholic I really like this guy so far.
 
2013-03-17 12:46:37 PM  

picturescrazy: As a Catholic I really like this guy so far.


As a non-catholic, non-religious type I really like this guy so far.
 
2013-03-17 12:51:16 PM  

randomjsa: It's looking like we may have actually gotten a legitimately nice guy this go around.

I am NOT a fan of the Catholic church...


Most progressives aren't.
 
2013-03-17 12:52:20 PM  
The holiest part of picking a new Pope is resetting the "Number of child rapes Pope has covered up" scoreboard back to zero.
 
2013-03-17 12:55:36 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: In his homily, Francis said the core message of God is "that of mercy." He said God has an unfathomable capacity to pardon and noted that people are often harder on each other than God is toward sinners.

I'm having a very difficult time not believing this is directly related to the sex abuse scandals in the church, and the other Cardinal's comments about how it should be treated with mercy, not punished.

My bet is, Francis will hold the line on that age-old argument, the right of priests to be "punished" by the Church and not civil authorities.  "Punishment" usually consisting of a transfer and perhaps a promotion.

He's still corrupt.  He's just nicer about it.


You have that all figured out in three days. Aren't you charitable and forgiving.
 
2013-03-17 12:56:02 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: In his homily, Francis said the core message of God is "that of mercy." He said God has an unfathomable capacity to pardon and noted that people are often harder on each other than God is toward sinners.

I'm having a very difficult time not believing this is directly related to the sex abuse scandals in the church, and the other Cardinal's comments about how it should be treated with mercy, not punished.

My bet is, Francis will hold the line on that age-old argument, the right of priests to be "punished" by the Church and not civil authorities.  "Punishment" usually consisting of a transfer and perhaps a promotion.

He's still corrupt.  He's just nicer about it.


He's not the Pope we deserve, but he is the Pope we need.

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2013-03-17 12:58:39 PM  

ThighsofGlory: You have that all figured out in three days. Aren't you charitable and forgiving.


Why is it his responsibility to be charitable and forgiving to a child rape cult?  I like how everyone else has apparently figured out in three days that the new Pope will somehow be some amazing force of change in an organization that has been raping kids for decades, after the last Pope stepped down underneath a cloud of scandal.  Let this God person be charitable and forgiving to these cultists, if he can stomach it.
 
2013-03-17 01:00:32 PM  

Texasgurl24: And the last time a nice guy was elected pope he lasted 33 days.....


I was thinking the same thing...

/not Catholic
 
2013-03-17 01:04:09 PM  

ThighsofGlory: Benevolent Misanthrope: In his homily, Francis said the core message of God is "that of mercy." He said God has an unfathomable capacity to pardon and noted that people are often harder on each other than God is toward sinners.

I'm having a very difficult time not believing this is directly related to the sex abuse scandals in the church, and the other Cardinal's comments about how it should be treated with mercy, not punished.

My bet is, Francis will hold the line on that age-old argument, the right of priests to be "punished" by the Church and not civil authorities.  "Punishment" usually consisting of a transfer and perhaps a promotion.

He's still corrupt.  He's just nicer about it.

You have that all figured out in three days. Aren't you charitable and forgiving.


New Popes don't get to start with clean slates.  They pick up where the last one left off, and the last one left an ungodly mess of corruption, sleezy cover ups and the like.

If this Pope wants to actually fix the tarnished image of the Catholic Church, he'll issue new orders immediately, directing all members of the clergy to turn over all evidence of wrongdoing to the civil authorities and to forthwith comply with all secular investigations into wrongdoing that impact non-clergy members.

Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's.

Of course, I'd expect him to do that right about the time he sells off the vast stores of looted plunder from two thousand years of aggressive conversion and conflict, and use the proceeds to feed and cloth the poor and tend the sick.  Starting with that ridiculous golden throne he sits his wrinkled old ass on.
 
2013-03-17 01:06:54 PM  
I hate, no, loathe organized religion. Can't stand it. I'm in the Jesus was awesome but I can't stand his fan clubs camp.

When I see a car with a stupid Jesus fish on it I want to make a placard with "Matthew 6.5" on it and smash their windows.

But so far, I really, really like this guy. I hope he continues to inspire me to think there's some good left in those that define themselves by their faith. I guess we'll see.
 
2013-03-17 01:23:50 PM  

Texasgurl24: And the last time a nice guy was elected pope he lasted 33 days.....


And he ALSO was the first pope of his name!
 
2013-03-17 01:27:50 PM  

TheHappyCanadian: as a lapsed Catholic I kinda like this guy so far, reminds me of JP2


So, all smiles outside but a corrupt protector of kiddie diddlers and financial miscreants behind the scenes, while working to undo Vatican II and roll the church back to the 1500s.  That's the kind of Pope we're going to get until they face up to reality and let the pedos do jail time and issue a maxima mea cupla for all the crap they have dished out since Peter.  But I'm not gonna hold my breath about it.
 
2013-03-17 01:48:42 PM  
By bizarre coincidence a priest friend of mine knows some Argentine clergy that are close to him. He is by all reports just one really nice guy. But if anyone imagines he is going to forget which enormous international organization he is ceo of you may be dissapointed. Hes a Jesuit with a great personality not Mr. Rogers in red shoes.
 
2013-03-17 01:55:42 PM  
I'm giving a year, then seeing how much of the "B-b-b-b-b-b-but....!" crowd is hanging on, and how much they are right.
 
2013-03-17 02:07:17 PM  
What they need is a Vatican prison. Let the perps scrub floors all day, and pray in cell all night. Just don't let them touch up faded artwork! Another Ecce Homo we don't need.
 
2013-03-17 02:07:57 PM  

part of the problem: By bizarre coincidence a priest friend of mine knows some Argentine clergy that are close to him. He is by all reports just one really nice guy. But if anyone imagines he is going to forget which enormous international organization he is ceo of you may be dissapointed. Hes a Jesuit with a great personality not Mr. Rogers in red shoes.



dont forget fred ran everything about his neighborhood, and had a lot of control over what was done---maybe we need a fred rogers running the church.  although it would look kind of goofy for the pope to be running around in cardigan sweaters and tennis shoes---or who knows--maybe it would be better.
 
2013-03-17 02:09:55 PM  

fugeeface: Texasgurl24: And the last time a nice guy was elected pope he lasted 33 days.....
I was thinking the same thing...
/not Catholic


Yeah, if he goes too far too fast with that poor church business he'd best be watching his cholesterol intake.  Heart attacks and all.

/wishes him the best in any case
 
2013-03-17 02:21:50 PM  
Lighten up, Francis! ... oh.
 
2013-03-17 02:25:22 PM  

ThighsofGlory: Benevolent Misanthrope: In his homily, Francis said the core message of God is "that of mercy." He said God has an unfathomable capacity to pardon and noted that people are often harder on each other than God is toward sinners.

I'm having a very difficult time not believing this is directly related to the sex abuse scandals in the church, and the other Cardinal's comments about how it should be treated with mercy, not punished.

My bet is, Francis will hold the line on that age-old argument, the right of priests to be "punished" by the Church and not civil authorities.  "Punishment" usually consisting of a transfer and perhaps a promotion.

He's still corrupt.  He's just nicer about it.

You have that all figured out in three days. Aren't you charitable and forgiving.


So you think I need to forgive him already?

No, when an organization has caused the pain, suffering, oppression and rape that his has, I am not forgiving.  And I dare you to prove me wrong.  Three days, three months, three years, three decades... it makes no difference.  He's risen from the ranks of the servile to be the head of the most corrupt organization in the history of humanity.  It would be idiotic to think he will be anything other than a product of it.
 
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