Is the Pope Catholic?

Apparently so, which is something I’m not sure could be said for some of the Popes who came before him, who seemed more interested in gathering wealth, sitting in gold-covered thrones, and hiding pedophiles.popes

This new Pope appears to have even read the Bible.

Today, he released a treatise where he basically called trickle-down economics evil, and called governments who protected the rich at the expense of the poor (that’s us, in case you weren’t paying attention) as not serving Jesus’ teachings.  “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?” he asked.  No, seriously, he really said that.

This is a guy who said he really didn’t care that much about prosecuting gays (“Who am I to judge?”) and worried that the Church had lost its way fighting over things like abortion when the real issue was fighting injustice and poverty.

I mean, he still has a way to go — for instance, he refuses to let women be priests — but it looks as if he is taking the Church in a good direction.

6 thoughts on “Is the Pope Catholic?

  1. Well, to be fair…you said he was living up to the religion..which I agree with. Nobody in the Bible ever said women could become priests and Catholicism inherited that particular bias from Judaism.


  2. Does it ever say anywhere that women CAN’T be priests? Honest question, as I don’t know. And, of course, the books of the Bible were hand chosen by the old men of the early Church to make it conform to the model that would best keep them and their heirs (spiritual and physical) in the seats of power. But this new Pope does seem to be a breathe of fresh air.


  3. Women could not…and still can’t to the best of my knowledge, but I stand to be corrected — become rabbis. I assume that’s where the idea of the all-male priesthood comes from.


  4. I agree that this is certainly the tradition, but I agree with Kerry that if the Bible doesn’t prohibit it, then it’s difficult for them to argue that it has to be that way.

    Not that they haven’t ignored other parts of the Bible before. I don’t see many Catholics favoring slavery or wanting to stone to death people who wear clothing made of two different types of fabrics.


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