And…we have a new Pope

The new pope was just announced and his name is Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina. He will go by Pope Francis.

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230 thoughts on “And…we have a new Pope

  1. Following
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  2. Christians
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    [Connected With Opus Dei], Father Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti

  3. Have no idea who he is but have great hope that he will lead well.
    Libs hate him so I guess we’re off to a good start.

  4. OK, signed in…new format seems pretty good.  
    I loved that the first thing this Pope did was bow and asked that everyone pray for him. I’m sure we’ll hear everything about him in the coming days, but he seems like a humble man.

  5. Special for the more knowledgeable on this site
    According to the prophecy of St. Malachy,  Petrus Romanus has arrived.  Pope Francis I, formerly known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio

  6. Lord, make me an instrument of
    your peace,
    Where there is hatred, let me
    sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    Where there is sadness, joy.
    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much
    seek to be consoled, as to console;
    to be understood, as to
    to be loved, as to love.
    For it is in giving that we
    It is in pardoning that we are
    and it is in dying that we are
    born to Eternal Life.

  7. An incredibly humble man. He gave up an a palace for an apartment where he was kept warm by an old oven. He gave up a cook to cook for himself, he gave up a shofer to ride the public transportation and be amongst the people. He has gone on his knees and kissed the feet of children suffering from AIDs. He has helped those suffering from drug addictions. He sheltered people from the dictatorship of political groups who wanted to install a Socialist government in Argentina by using urban and rural guerrilla warfare on church property, and once gave his own identity papers to a man who looked like him, so he could flee Argentina.

      1. tinlizzieowner DarkKnight2016 Cardinal Dolan of New York said in an intrview that the Holy Father jokingly at dinner raised his glass to the Cardinals saying “may God forgive you for what you have done”. What a sense of humor this one has in the face of great adversity.

        1. DarkKnight2016tinlizzieowner 
           From what we have told so far about his history, he’s quite a man. As the (earthly) Holy Father of a major religion should be. Now, contrast him with the murdering butcher leaders of Islam.

        2. DarkKnight2016tinlizzieowner 
           From what we have told so far about his history, he’s quite a man. As the (earthly) Holy Father of a major religion should be. Now, contrast him with the murdering butcher leaders of Islam.

  8. I have been hoping that with the turmoil the world and our country is in, that more people would turn to God.
    Hopefully,  the new pope will give the world hope no matter what religion one follows.   We need to change
    our viewpoint from the “I”, “Me” generation to the “God” generation.

  9. NBC over at Breitbart is shocked that the Pope is Catholic.  Seems they were hoping for the devil incarnate.

    1. tshtsh  
      You have to keep in mind that liberals aren’t bright enough to figure out what some of us have known forever. For instance,
      Is a frog waterproof? Does a bear sh*t in the woods? Does water flow down hill? Is the Pope Catholic? 😉 😉

  10. I was sitting in a VA hospital waiting room while this was going on. When the white smoke came out, everything came to a halt for a couple minutes. My doctor said I needed my head X-Rayed (sure isn’t the first time I’ve heard that) 😉
    I had to wait around while everybody decided if this was the Pope they wanted. I was born Catholic but I don’t follow religion much..

  11. To my Catholic Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I pray that Pope Francis will be a major force in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Ends of the Earth. I also pray that he will be shining light in world of Darkness! I bid him God speed and Peace through Our Lord Jesus Christ!

  12. so he’s a good man. the bible says none is good but God.
    let’s be clear to Catholics he’s God-on-Earth. for the
    rest of us that ought to be a warning.

  13. I think His Holiness Pope Francis is a fighter. He will not care much for political correctness and will speak out boldly and often on the plight of Christians persecuted in Muslim countries.
    I hope I won’t be disappointed in my assessment of this man a few months later.

  14. Obama approves the new Pope “who is concerned for the poor and helpless.”

    That is SO funny coming from a President who has made so more Americans poor and jobless than any time in our history, and who is all for killing the most helpless Americans – unborn babies, even third trimester viable infants.

  15. Pope Francis has stood up to dictators old and new (including Ms. Kirshner, Argentina’s female version of Obama), defended traditional marriage, opposed homosexuality, gay marriage, gay adoption, abortion…but defended the baptism of children born out of wedlock. He has lived the Gospel, been tried by fire. He’s a ‘do the first works’ kind of Christian.
    I’m excited. I like him.

  16. As a Catholic, I’m happy with the choice, but I will reserve judgment for later…after I see what the new Pope does.

  17. A social gospel mistakes pursuit of the kingdom of heaven for earthy affairs, like helping the poor, the lame, the crippled – which are parables for spiritual realities.

  18. The new Pope is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed. He also did not live in the archbishop palace, but rather in an apartment, where he cooks his own meals. He even chose to wear his own, simple cross — devoid of diamond and jewels — as he stood on the balcony Wednesday taking in the incredible scene below. He is also a conservative and when his name was selected, they had a time bringing him to the front to accept the honor…he did NOT want to be Pope. Long live Pope Francis!!

    1. Okay, let’s rework the first sentence and see how it stands: “The new President is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Presidents enjoyed.”

  19. I learned all I know about Jesuits by reading Chick Tracts. It wasn’t much of an education.

  20. This pick does not effect my life or my religious views one bit. BUT, having an Argentine Husband who was once Catholic, I say congratulations!

  21. For those concerned about his social justice teachings.

    There is a difference between the Progressive Social Justice and the social justice via faith.

  22. Not sure he is all that conservative…. a product of lifelong liberal higher education and a bit of a community organizer. Looks like nothing more than an Argentina Obama. A very progressive choice. I hope I’m wrong in my perceptions

      1. Its the life long learning studying that scares me. My FIL is a former Jesuit and it doesn’t get more liberal than he. Anyone that involved in life long college studies is mostly brainwashed by the left.

        1. Remember the Catholic church is somewhat twisted here in America. He’s considered very Traditionalist and Conservative. After all the Left already are bashing him.

          1. I’m born and raised and still proud to be a Catholic and in this day and age he can never be too conservative imp.

  23. These were the years of the military junta in Argentina, when many
    priests, including leading Jesuits, were gravitating towards the
    progressive liberation theology movement. As the Jesuit provincial,
    Bergoglio insisted on a more traditional reading of Ignatian
    spirituality, mandating that Jesuits continue to staff parishes and act
    as chaplains rather than moving into “base communities” and political


    Bergoglio has supported the social justice ethos of Latin American Catholicism, including a robust defense of the poor.

    1. The Catholics here at RS seem to think it is good.Only time will tell I suppose.I hope they are right.

  24. When I left this thread the old format was still here.When I returned Disqus format changed to this.Please go back to the original format.I don’t care for this one.

    1. Not bad? Oh I hate it with a vengeance. The original format is much better. I can’t use this format. I’m out of here until the original is restored. If it’s restored. Later – maybe.

        1. Can’t even tell if you liked a comment or not. The “like” button ghosted when you clicked it. You can’t tell who liked a comment. This just is a huge backward step for Disqus. 🙁

          1. The first like was me….drats, we’re stuck with this dumb format it looks like, but don’t leave Wolfie.,…we can get use to it! 🙂

      1. Scoop said they are forcing his hand, he wants the old format but has no choice, they(DISQUS) is getting rid of the old format.

      1. I tried logging out and in again… Still this new look for me. It’s the same with the other news items on this site. 🙁

    1. The Daily caller and some other sites that use Disqus had this format for some time now. I personally prefer the original format.

        1. It’s Disqus, they are changing all sites to this format, whether it’s wanted or not. 🙁

      1. Absolutely please do! The original format is vastly superior! This one, you can’t even tell who liked a post and you can even “like” your own posts. Hate it! Absolutely hate it!

          1. I just tweeted Scoop requesting he change the format back to the original. I sure hope he can and does. This format – sucks eggs!!

            1. This happened once before and he was able to change it back, but if I remember correctly he didn’t seem to think the change back would last. Drats….

  25. Congratulations to the Catholic faithful. May God give him the wisdom, courage, and humility in these trying times of secularization.

  26. There was a great movie about Jesuits in South America in the 1700’s Pretty sure De Niro was in it. I can’t recall if the church was portrayed in a good or bad light, but the photography and music was spectacular. I think it was called The Mission. I know this is off on topic but Jesuits – South America – and there it was.

  27. I bet there won’t be a SINGLE report on the MSM tonight (and in the following days) about the new Pope without dragging in the abuse “scandal” into it. Just for once, I’d like to see them report the fact that there is a new Pope and leave it at that.

    1. Wolfie I like you too much so please don’t hold your breath. We want to keep you around for awhile!

      And get ready to get mad at MSNBC as well because commentators there yesterday already said that the new Pope and Catholic Church would be irrelevant if they didn’t give women equal position and power within the church and recognize gay marriage. I do believe one of those commentating was Sally Quinn the religious writer from the Washington Post.

      1. I promise not to hold my breath! 🙂 The best thing I can do is wait and see what the Pope actually does and says himself. That will tell us where he thinks he is leading us.

        1. I agree we need to wait and see what he says and does. For too long the Catholic hierarchy have presided over our church and allowed it to wander far from its roots. Benedict did so much with the Motu Proprio and the new translation of the mass.

          I look to Francis to continue where Benedict left off. God give him strength!

        2. Hi Wolfie… you know… it’s me.

          Today, I just want to congratulate you on the installation of your new Holy Father. It’s a great day for you guys and the attendant pomp and circumstance is centuries old and awesome.

          Again, Congratulations, and many years for your new Pontiff.

    2. I know what you are saying and speaking as a Roman Catholic I am familiar with the Catholic church and it’s sins. Every religion has it’s own turmoil, but I am so happy with this new Pope and for me it signifies a new beginning in a world that desperately needs to connect with God. I looked at those crowds outside the Vatican and those people believe.

    3. Agreed… it’s like they have a pathological NEED to smear the Roman Catholic Church. I bet they have an army of journalists going through Francis’ garbage bins as we speak.

      1. The Church harmed/smeared/disgraced itself with the abuse and cover-ups. It will be a long while before trust is rebuilt. There are still a huge number of ‘gay’ priests…some who are not chaste at all.
        In the current pro-gay secular climate (and half those who claim to be Catholic are pro-gay) it’s going to take a miracle to deal with this problem.

        Right now, I would not trust my grandson in a Catholic confessional, youth group or camp unless I was able to meet and evaluate the psychological profiles of the local parish clergy. Some US dioceses are better than others…but the reports of priests with child porn, etc. are discouraging.

        1. I’m not a Roman Catholic, so I have no particular axe to grind for the church. But I have absolutely no truck nor trade to ply with the media who absolutely hate anything ANY Christian stands for. And if it comes to a convenient smear opportunity – be it pro-life, the Catholic pederasty scandals or any issue that does not comport with left-wing Democrat politics- they will use it.

          My understanding of these pederasty abuses and other sexual abuses is that the Roman Catholic scandals statistically equal the abuse of other denominations and public schools. And the new scandals being aired are scandals from decades ago. I’m not a Catholic, but Michael Coren’s book “Why Catholics are Right” covers this topic quite thoroughly. And it pains me as a orthodox Christian believer to recommend his book, but I do it just for that topic alone.

          But today is my time to congratulate my Roman Catholic brethren on their new Pope. As a New Testament orthodox Christian, my issues with Rome are theological and Bible based, but I’ll save those arguments for another time when the opportunity arises. Today I’ll hold my peace.

    1. I’m with you T-Bird. I don’t have much religion. Just faith in God. But seeing the happiness of the Catholics on this site is inspiring.

  28. With so much of South America becoming socialist, the new Pope could restore the faith in the minds and souls of the people.
    Pope francis 1, from he name of Francis Xavier, could be the Pope that consecrates Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He could also be the one who is murdered. It could also be, Pope Benedict is the one who is killed. It will be very interesting to see if this Pope restores traditional conservatism, with love, and in that way, opens the door to non Catholics, and brings back the Catholics who left, and have been looking for the right Pope to come along, to have confidence in.

  29. Not sure if the newly minted Pope called himself after St. Francis of Assisi or not, but here’s a little poem attributed to St. Francis that I would like to dedicate to our new Pope.

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
    Where there is injury, pardon.
    Where there is doubt, faith.
    Where there is despair, hope.
    Where there is darkness, light.
    Where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
    to be understood, as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive.
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

    (Attributed to St Francis)

  30. Congrats to my Catholic friends!!

    And no doubt, St Francis of Assissi’s prayer comes to mind, when I think about this new Pope very auspicious choice.

    ” Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    Where there is sadness, joy.

    Unforgettable words!

  31. I wish him lots of luck. He begins his reign with a world in lots of turmoil. It will be interesting to see how he deals with the threats coming from Islam, or if he even decides to address the issue.

  32. It’s a despicable display of posts they have about the new pope on TMZ..

    That might be a good sign liberals hate him already.

    1. I can already hear the thousands of liberal heads popping now! They didn’t get the black lesbian relativist that they wanted….

    2. They pretty much bash everyone on TMZ, not exactly the place to go to find the best and brightest.

  33. This is going to make it a lot easier for me to remember how to spell the name Francis when I’m referring to a man vs Frances for a woman.

    1. Oh God, let that “Prophecy” DIE already! Those people throwing that one around are out in force tripping over themselves trying to proof that the prophecy is somehow still on because well…. The Pope is TECHNICALLY Roman and Peter isn’t he?


      1. The “tin-hatters” will still be working overtime to extrapolate something from “Malachy”.

        Double Facepalm

    2. Well…. his name doesn’t have to be peter but there would have to be some connection to Rome and his parents are Italian so make of it what you will.

  34. As a Roman Catholic, I was pretty confident that the College of Cardinals would pick someone NOT European (and most certainly, not Italian).

    I also believed he would not be American. A few months ago, a MAJORITY of American Catholics cast their vote for the MOST radically pro-abortion president in our lifetimes. I really believe that put the kybosh on giving the nod to an American Cardinal.

    I am reading that Pope Francis is apparently a traditionalist — in the sense that he has taken FIRM stands against gay marriage, gay adoption, and abortion (all social issues). His choosing of the name “Francis” speaks volumes, to me, about how he views himself as a servant of God (and His representative on Earth).

    But I have also read that he has espoused some anti-free-market and pro-liberation theology positions, which concern me greatly.

    A life-long and active (until 2012 election) member of the Catholic church, I have had my share of run-ins with Jesuits. In America, at least, they are VERY liberal. Coming from South America, I hate to assume ANYthing, but it is at least logical to believe Jesuits there are as liberal – more or less – as their North American counterparts.

    The Church will truly destroy itself if it continues to embrace the belief that confiscatory tax policy is charity. They have been hooked by the liberals with this notion, and they don’t seem to know how to disentangle themselves from it. Or they don’t want to.

    But as someone who absolutely blew a GASKET when I saw the way my fellow Catholics voted in 2012, and who has been lectured to from the pulpit about (what essentially boils down to) social justice, if this Pope is representative of THAT kind of thinking, I think the Church is not only in deep trouble with her congregation (who are leaving in droves), I think she’s in trouble with God Himself.

    God commands us not to steal. Not to covet. Not to look to any other God besides Him.

    WHY ON EARTH do these people believe He would ask us to look to government to steal from some of us and give to those others who covet what we have and look to government as God.

    It’s such a shame.

    But, I do pray for Pope Francis, and for all of us. I pray that I am wrong, and that he will be a wonderful Holy Father.

    1. A Catholic also I agree if this new pope takes the “social justice” stance then it’s bad news. I haven”t been lectured yet but haven’t said too much. I just sit in the pew and roll my eyes.

      Here’s my own take: if they’re that interested in “social justice” sell the Vatican, all the pricey artwork and sculptures and of course the pope’s red jeweled shoes and give the money to the poor. Then, you can lecture somebody else. Amen.

      1. Social Justice, the term, has been hijacked and radicallized by the left. In the true sense, social justice is a conservative, God fearing point of view.

        As far a ‘selling” the antiquities, mostly donated to the Church throughout the ages, I reckon that is the same logic as ‘getting the rich to pay their “fair share”‘. Once these priceless works of art and history are sold to the highest bidder, they will be gone from us forever (you think George Soros is going to have them on display and available to everyone to admire?? Fat chance. How many poor people will that feed. Not many and not for very long. thank God the church is there to guard these items from the likes of muslims who blew up the Buddah statues from the 2nd century. Sad commentary on human nature, but oh ever so predictible. Gone forever. Thank God for the guardians of The Deposit of Truth-all Truth.

        Lastly, The Catholic Church is the largest philanthropical organization in the world and in the history of the world. No one organization has even come close to advancing the cause of the poor and vulnerable. And doing it by voluntarily giving. For 200 years this is the case. Despite a few nutjobs that have infiltrated and managed to do alot of damage to the world’s understanding of Truth. Nothing new under the sun.

        1. I don’t have a problem with the wealth but I do with much of the social justice as it stands. For example, giving sanctuary to illegal aliens in the churches and preaching as if the wealthy are sinners. Went through 13 years of Catholic school and understand the history but not the hypocrisy, much of which comes from Rome. I pray Pope Francis changes that and that he will encourage the Charismatic movement which the Church has largely ignored.

  35. Hopefully, he is as holy and humble as is being reported and if so, the Lord will guide his decisions. I pray so. Amen.

  36. If I may, Scoop- you can delete this if you feel it’s inappropriate.

    But I’d like to say right now before too many folks start commenting here, that unless someone is actually wishing bodily harm, death, or illness on anyone in this story or the commentators, attacks a speaker to try and disqualify an argument, or threaten or intimidate another commenter or Scoop, do not bother flagging the comment.
    Just because you don’t agree with someone’s opinion, that’s not a reason to flag someone. Thanks.

    PS- just keep the language civil. Thanks

    1. I think he may be referring to Catholic-bashing which is all too common and should not be tolerated in this particular thread, bad language or not. I am not Catholic but I will be praying for the new Pope and the entire church of Christ.

      1. I agree. This is a Catholic church issue and shouldn’t start a whole Catholic/Protestant discussion/bashfest too- but mainly I just want folks to not take any comment as perceived bashing either.

        1. This is such a nice website… I haven’t even flagged a post in weeks if not months. Not because I decided to give it a pass, but because I didn’t see anything so offensive that I needed to flag it. With trolls, I either engage them or ignore them rather than flag them. Unless they’re using extremely colorful language and/or threatening/insulting other posters. I think this is a good rule of thumb to go by.

    2. ABC, thanks for that. I’ve been to a couple of other websites and some of the comments about the new Pope are appalling and/or revolting. I guess there are some people who just don’t have the ability to be civil about anything.

      1. We can leave the vileness to the enemies of morality who live on the left.

        This is a good day.

  37. Found on twitter:
    “Tonight’s compline Scripture reading – wow. Made for a man taking this papal name. Isaiah 58:6-7”

    Here it is:
    “6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
    to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
    to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
    7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
    when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

    That is breath-taking.

    Who is to say that the Holy Spirit did not guide the Cardinals, and did not guide the new Pope to take this name …

  38. A Jesuit from South America? Sounds pretty Liberal at a glance. Just hope he isn’t a Leftist

    1. He became cardinal in 2001, when the economy was collapsing, and won respect for blaming unrestrained capitalism for impoverishing millions of Argentines.

      That’s from a CBS report.

      1. I wouldn’t trust a CBS report without looking into it further. I do know that on the moral issues he is very conservative.

  39. I’m not Catholic so help me out here. Why does his name change when he becomes pope? is that just tradition?

    1. No Pope is obligated to change his name. This is a pious tradition (not Sacred Tradition).

      The practice arose when a pagan convert to Christianity became Pope and changed his name from Mercury (after the pagan Roman god) to John II in 533 A.D.

      Until then, the Popes kept their original names, from Peter (#1) to Boniface II (#55).

      Between John II (#56) and Sergius IV (#142) in 1009 A.D. only a few Popes changed their names.

      But since Sergius IV, it has been common practice for all Popes to change their name when elected pontiff except Adrian VI and Marcellus II.

      Pope Benedict XVI chose the name Benedict for several reasons. At his papal audience on April 27, 2005, he explained his motivations for adopting the name.

      “I want to call myself Benedict XVI to bind myself to the venerated Pope Benedict XV, who guided the church in a troubled period because of the First World War. He was a courageous and authentic prophet of peace and worked with valiant courage first to prevent the drama of war and then to limit its nefarious consequences. In his footsteps, I want to place my ministry at the service of reconciliation and harmony among individuals and peoples, deeply convinced that the great good of peace is, first of all, a gift of God, a fragile and precious gift to invoke, safeguard and build day after day with the help of everyone.”

      Benedict XVI also said he chose the name to evoke the spirit of Saint Benedict, the founder of Western monasticism whose influence helped spread Christianity over Europe.

  40. He appears to be a man of great humility. Our dear leader will not understand his simplicity and holiness.

    1. After the Obamacare lawsuit the Catholic Church has brought against the administration Obama would be smart to stay far away from Rome.

  41. This should be interesting

    He is a Jesuit – They have a slightly different perspective

    Apparently he was well favored in the last two conclaves – He came in 2nd

    I hope he can help the Christians all around the world to unite

    He will need all the help he can muster up!

    ****************************Viva il Papa !!! *******************

      1. Is that Swiss Guards or the Vatican security? Actually… I think they have undercover Swiss Guards. My question would be this: Are all Vatican security personnel classified as “Swiss Guards”? Does anyone know?

        1. No, the Swiss Guards are a separate “entity” from Vatican Security. Security is a branch of the Vatican Police.

    1. I agree Joe, we christians are the only army that shoots it’s wounded, much like the republican party.

      1. You’re all quite welcome. However, now I can’t see who is liking what. I will not participate any further in this new format. When I see it changed back, I’ll be back.

        Why can’t anyone ever leave well enough alone?!

    1. I join Rshill in congratulating you. I have said a prayer for Francis I that he may be a great leader and truly reflect the love of Christ to our world.

  42. As a once practicing Catholic, I say Ho Hum! These OLD Popes and their OLD ideas will never revitalize the church enough to attract younger people.

    1. “Old Popes and their Old Ideas”? No, the Church has lasted for 2,000 years, and continues not only in the Catholic tradition but in all the off shoots that still connect to God and Christ.

      What’s “ho hum” to you is meaningful to others, no need to be disrespectful. This country was founded on Judaic-Christian precepts, so America’s very foundation is rooted in the Church universal.

      From the looks of the folks in St. Peter’s Square, there were huge numbers of young people.

    2. Well Sparky, isn’t it obvious that the “new” ways aren’t working too good?
      I used to be a Catholic, I even remember some of my old Latin. Yes, Latin, the celebration of the Mass used to be in Latin and they taught Altar boys using phonetics. I think I learned the whole Mass over a weekend.
      The point being, to answer you, is that all this call for newness, progression, etc. is just wrong. It will not lead to more people in the seats, it will, in fact, push more people from the church.
      Look at what the “new” ways are doing to our country.

      1. You’re right, and it isn’t only about the Catholic church, but many of the mainstream Protestant denominations have lost huge numbers – but it isn’t because of their traditional practices or preaching old-time gospel, it’s because they’ve left the strong tenets of faith behind, and accepted an anything goes and thus the people have no core foundation to adhere to. When the Church loses its moral compass, so too, do the people.

    3. Yeah, and look at the NEW world with it’s NEW Ideas. It’s coming apart at the seems!

      We need to return to a little of the Old, a little of the Sacred, a little of the Truth.

    4. As if the “new” ways are new.
      The disgusting things you seein society today are older than dirt. They are the reason for Christianity and the need for Christ in the first place

        1. He’s also strongly opposed contraception, gay marriage and even artificial insemination. Fox has an excellent article on Pope Francis:

          Francis is first pope from the Americas; austere Jesuit who modernized Argentine church

          “VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina’s conservative Catholic church.
          Known until Wednesday as Jorge Bergoglio, the 76-year-old is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed…”

          “…Bergoglio often rode the bus to work, cooked his own meals and regularly visited the slums that ring Argentina’s capital. He considers social outreach, rather than doctrinal battles, to be the essential business of the church.
          He accused fellow church leaders of hypocrisy and forgetting that Jesus Christ bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes…”

                1. She excommunicated herself long ago. The Church doesn’t seek to publically humiliate because of the possibility, and hope, that anyone, no matter how vile their character,will repent and convert. (And yes, we Catholics must be converted, continuously-it’s a journey.) i would bet a dollar that Nancy has been told by more than a few of the Bishops privately that she shouldn’t be recieving Holy Communion. Perhaps this Pope will bump it up a knotch and call her out. We shall see. The Church is very conservative in these matters. The Church has never declared anyone to be in hell. We are forbidden to predict final judgement for anyone. That will be God’s job. Only can warn and communicate Truth. We can never know for sure what is going on in someone’s head, even if we can be reasonably sure by their fruits.

              1. If he turns out to be alright, who knows, I may convert to a Catholic.
                I certainly hold most if not all of their views. Probably all in fact.

              2. ““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!

          1. “He considers social outreach, rather than doctrinal battles, to be the essential business of the church.”

            This sounds like social justice to me.

            1. I don’t know enough about the man to make any type of judgement.It is just something I heard Hannity(a Catholic)mention on his show.I wish him the best.

              1. I know my 57 friend. I did read that he stood up to Communists so that gives me some hope.

                1. God bless you my friend.The world needs a big helping of hope right now,and the only true hope comes from knowing the Savior.I hope your new Pontiff walks in the light of the Lord and brings many blessings upon the Catholic church.

          1. That is a word that has been hijacked by the left, it has lost its original meaning. I believe his version is more in keeping with Christ’s own view 🙂

            1. I am not casting any aspersions.That is something Hannity mentioned on his show on my way home from work.To me social justice means favoring things like government welfare programs,which I find to not be biblical.I hope I am wrong.May God bless your new Pontiff.I will pray for him and the Catholic church even though I am not Catholic.

        2. Just read he is pro life, and you have said he is pro traditional marriage and anti communist so he’s good in my book. Thanks for the info. Maybe they really did pray about choosing someone because it was seeming too political for awhile.

  43. I gather the Argentinians are in shock – just listening to an interview on the BBC.

    We’re told that he lived very simply as cardinal – so his choice of Francis as his name is, I think, significant: it recalls that wonderful Saint, St Francis, who truly is a Saint whom even non-Catholics can revere.

    This needs time to sink in – he’s the seventh Pope in my life …

    1. As he is the first Jesuit Pope (also first Latin American Pope) perhaps he takes his name from the magnificent Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier. I’m sure he will let us know who he honors in the coming days. Pope Francis I-LOVE it!!! Woo-hoo! HABEMUS PAPEM!!!

      1. That hasn’t occurred to me – thank you, you’re probably right!

        It’s just that I’ve loved St Francis it seems like forever. And I’m not even a Catholic.

    2. Me too there dear lady. Hang in there sweet mum… there’s still many more Popes to parade past the windshield of our lives.

  44. That must be a record for electing a Pope doesn’t this usually take four or five days? Don’t know don’t care not Catholic but I’m glad they have their guy.

    1. He was second place in the last concave, so it was an easy vote for most of them.

      The great part is now Latin American Catholics will have a reason to become more socially conservative

    2. I’m happy Catholics have a pope. And I’m even more happy that this is over. I confess I get irritated that the media has been running this story 24/7. Yes it’s significant that the last pope resigned. Yes it’s good to announce the new pope. But did we need this much coverage? I see this every Easter and Christmas. You’d think Catholicism was the only Christian denomination if you watch the news. I guess some feel the same when they talk about the British Royal family.

      1. Actually, its been a nice break not hearing about the Kardashians, Obama, depressing economic news, or any other liberal story. I’m not Catholic, but it was nice to see religion back on the front page. It’s also nice seeing these liberal reporters trying to cover tradition, religion, and God. Just IMO.

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