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(CNN)   He blesses Harley Davidsons, leaves prank voicemails with convents, sneaks out to mingle with the poor, and just picked up a hitchhiker in the Popemobile...he is the Most Interesting Pope in the World   (religion.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 56
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2014-01-09 01:01:51 PM
I actually read the headline. Out line. In a deep announcer's voice.
I am agnostic, but this Pope seems pretty cool.
Of course, it's not like he sneaks out of the Vatican to smoke a joint with some poor Italian kid.
 
2014-01-09 01:17:42 PM

mrlizard: I actually read the headline. Out line. In a deep announcer's voice.
I am agnostic, but this Pope seems pretty cool.
Of course, it's not like he sneaks out of the Vatican to smoke a joint with some poor Italian kid.


All of this.
 
2014-01-09 01:37:39 PM

nekom: digitalrain:
I love this former janitor turned bouncer turned priest. He didn't want to be Pope.You don't think he knew he'd be facing
all kinds of resistance from the Church? He knew it going in. He prayed that he wouldn't be chosen, but in the end, he
was and the rest is history.

Here's the thing, though:  By all accounts he was exactly the same person before being elected.  This was a guy who lived in poverty, took a bus to work and spent plenty of time preaching and helping the poor.  The cardinals that elected him knew damned well what they were going to get.  Nobody is shaking their head in disbelief and saying "My GOD, we've elected a liberal.  If only we had known!"


The cardinals who elected him Pope may have known full well. I can't imagine they would have chosen him otherwise. I think the
rest of the talking heads at the Vatican knew what they would probably get, but figured that they would be able to control him.

They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and it's true - even in the Church. Pope Francis seems to be genuine though,
and I hope I am right.
 
2014-01-09 01:50:07 PM
digitalrain:
They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and it's true - even in the Church. Pope Francis seems to be genuine though,
and I hope I am right.


I get that notion as well.  He has no one to answer to, yet he seems to remain humble about his power.  Of course, you don't get to be a cardinal without being a pretty firm believer, so I would imagine he believes that god chose him so he'd better get it right.  Some people criticize him for not being liberal enough, but I have to say that he represents the biggest shift in the Catholic church at least in my lifetime, perhaps much longer.

/not Catholic, but a lot of people are so this stuff is worth keeping an eye on
 
2014-01-09 08:19:45 PM
Mass, Gas or Grass. Nobody Popes for free!
 
2014-01-09 09:52:18 PM
The headline is better when sung as the lumberjack song.
 
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