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My Hope for the Pope

A Super-Feminist, Gay, Lefty Catholic’s Cautious Optimism About Pope Francis

My Hope for the Pope

Kathryn Rathke

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When I first heard the new pope was a Jesuit, I was thrilled. Jesuits are supposed to be smart: They teach a lot, and start universities (Georgetown, Loyola, Seattle University), and do a lot of social justice work. They build houses for people and feed people, they protest against war and violence and corporate greed. Some of them are almost as cool as nuns. Jesuits include guys (and they are all guys, unfortunately) like Father Daniel Berrigan, who was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list during the Vietnam years for destruction of public property. Berrigan went to prison, got out of prison, protested more, went back to prison, and wrote books. In the early 1980s, when most mainstream Americans were still ignorant, terrified, harmful, bigoted jerks about HIV/AIDS and thought most people who had contracted the virus (gay men, IV drug users, people who had sex with those people) deserved to die, Berrigan did not think so. I saw him give a talk back then, and when he was asked whether Catholics should care for people who had HIV/AIDS, he said, "Of course." He was like (I paraphrase), "Don't be a bigoted jerk." Father Berrigan was not a jerk, and mostly Jesuits aren't, so I was really hopeful about this pope.

But I'm dumb about hope. I hope too fast, too often for things I shouldn't. I fall in hope. Then something happens that I didn't expect, and my hope gets smashed, and I get torn up, pissed off, and gnarled and feel stupid.

I felt stupid a lot when I was thinking about converting to Catholicism. How on earth would I—a super-feminist, female, gay lefty—join a group that's done such stupid, horrible things to gays and females and said the stupidest things about sex? Especially under the archconservative reign of Ratzinger? But I had always loved—and needed—the Christian story of light after dark, life after death, and mercy and forgiveness. I loved the idea of coming to a sacred table with human beings and getting nourishment; I loved and needed the Mystery. It took a long time to realize that I could have the latter—the point of the church—and not take all the crap. Like being an American and believing in the country's possibilities while not supporting imperialism, genocide, war, racism, and greed. It took me a long time to get over the church's, like the government's, attack on gays. One of my friends, when I was struggling with my draw toward the church, asked, "What kind of Catholic do you want to be?" and I realized there were different kinds of Catholics. There were, as there are in most large groups of people, clueless, terrified fundamentalists, but there are also struggling, hopeful, trying-to-be-decent slobs like me. So last year I converted. I took Julian (as in Saint Julian the Hospitaller, about whom Flaubert wrote an awesome story, but also as in Blessed Juliana of Norwich and Vita Sackville-West's drag name) as my confirmation name.

When Jorge Bergoglio, former archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected pope last week, he took Francis for his pope name. Saint Francis of Assisi, as fans of Franco Zeffirelli's Brother Sun, Sister Moon can tell you, was a spoiled rich boy who had a vision in which Jesus asked him to rebuild the church. Francis renounced his power and money to devote himself to service of the church. At first he rebuilt—literally—a run-down chapel outside Assisi with bricks, wood, and mud. He wore a raggedy robe and slept outside; most people thought he was nuts. But some people thought he was onto something good—kind of like Jesus was—and joined him. His band of little bros (the Latin name of the Franciscans, Ordo Fratrum Minorum, more or less translates to that) were poor and humble and they worked hard. Their example helped rebuild the whole church. Most Franciscans back then were not members of the clergy. Francis himself was never ordained as a priest, and he only agreed to be a deacon under pressure. By taking the name Francis, Bergoglio signaled that his papacy might be more about repair and reform than reentrenchment, more caring for the poor than for the rich.

Another thing that gave me hope: Bergoglio wasn't from Italy, or even Europe, so he hadn't been part of the political and financial intrigues of the Vatican. He might be able to clean things up a bit.

He'd set some good examples in Argentina. When he was archbishop, he didn't get into the obscenely wealthy lifestyle some of his predecessors had. He rode the bus to work, cooked his own meals, and went out into the world to talk with people. He visited people who had AIDS and washed their feet and kissed them.

When he made his first address in Rome, he led the people in prayer. Then—and this is the amazing thing—he asked the people he's been asked to lead to pray for him.

I'm not really sure what praying is. Maybe it's trying to make yourself stop, for a moment or two, your own noise. Maybe it's sitting with other people and trying to understand what they are going through, or even coming up with something you could do or say to comfort them. Maybe it's saying someone's name. Or maybe it's saying thanks. Maybe it's saying at last, inside your head, or even out loud to someone who won't crap on you, that you could use some help. Maybe it's saying love.

So maybe the fact that Francis began his popedom not by pontificating, but rather by asking for people's prayers, means he wants to be a pope who's not a monarch but a leader and servant who can listen.

By the time he asked for our prayers, I needed hope again. I'd already lost the hope I'd had before.

But some of what I learned about Bergoglio smashed my hope.

In 2010, when Argentina was debating marriage equality, Archbishop Bergoglio led the fight against it, calling the vote "a scheme to destroy God's plan." He also said that adoption of kids by gays and lesbians "discriminated against children."

Oh, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I thought (I was not swearing, I was praying). Him, too? The church has yet to fully confess to the full extent of the sex-abuse scandal or its systematic, gender-exclusive, secretive, and institutionally supported cover-up; it has never fully recompensed its victims; it has not made the moves necessary to dismantle the institutional structures that allowed it—and here's another bishop moralizing about sexuality? If this were not so harmful, so criminal, it would be funny. But it is not.

A Jesuit has never been a pope; they're rarely bishops. This is another good thing about them—they don't go after power. But sometimes they are appointed and accept, and I thank God they do. One of the few Jesuit bishops, Carlo Maria Martini was archbishop of Milan. Shortly after his death last year, Corriere della Sera printed an interview in which Martini said: "The Church must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change, starting from the Pope and the bishops. The pedophilia scandals oblige us to take a journey of transformation." I hope Pope Francis is capable of the change of heart he'll need to lead the church toward such transformation.

He might have it in him.

In 2012, two years after he campaigned against gay marriage, Bergoglio rebuked Argentinean priests who had refused to baptize the children of unwed moms. Bergoglio accused the priests of hypocrisy. He also told them: "Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask" (emphasis mine).

I love the idea of a pope, or any bishop, archbishop, deacon, priest, senator, president, director of operations, chair of the board, or person given authority asking the people he (it's usually a he) has been asked to serve who they are and what they need and how he, the servant-leader, can both serve and lead the people.

Jesus didn't come here to condemn us human lumps; he came to show us mercy and forgiveness and the goodness of the just and loving heart. He came to show there can be life even after you feel like you've been dead, and that even after someone's been horrible or had horrible things done to them, they can have another chance.

This morning when I sat down to revise this essay, I read an article about Rob Portman, a Republican senator from Ohio, who in 1996 voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and in 1999 voted to bar gay couples in DC from adopting kids, but has now decided to support same-sex marriage. This happened because his son had come out to him as gay; a personal encounter changed this father. If a Republican can make that change, then maybe the pope, called by us Catholics the Holy Father, who has already shown such compassion for the poor, and has already changed some of the culture of the Vatican, can have a similar change of heart.

This is what I'm trying to hope for now. recommended

 

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LIKE!
Posted by Stacey on March 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM · Report this
Indighost 2
Why don't you start your own religion or version of Christianity that gets everything right for once? (Serious question.) There are tons of branches of Christianity that don't do this. Why was it important to you to choose one of the bigoted ones? You say that you like "comin to a sacred table". There are tons of sects that do that and yet somehow don't hate the gays.
Posted by Indighost on March 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 3
The election of Francis 1 is an attempt by the Catholic hierarchy to distact the public from focusing on sex scandals and child abuse. Suddenly we're hearing about the need to focus on "real issues" like poverty. Awwww, that is sooo nice. The church doesn't want to deal with its very real problems and is asking the world to forget about "the bad stuff" because, "Hey, poor kidz!" The same poor kids priests have been taking advantage of since the invention of power differentials. This new old man is just a change in packaging.
Posted by thatsnotright on March 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM · Report this
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Thank you for this. As an de-converted Catholic, now staunch atheist, I spend a lot of time wondering how rational adults can accept the supernatural. Your description of needing wishful thinking in your life seems to explain it. However, I sincerely hope you can remain realistic about the basis of your beliefs -- a psychological need for wishful thinking -- and refrain from imposing those beliefs on anyone else.
Posted by wxPDX on March 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM · Report this
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You don't need to get over the church, you need to get over yourself.
Posted by alta on March 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 6
"Trying to hope" is so perfect for how I feel too. Thanks for writing this. I'm not in the least religious, but wanting better leaders for those who are? All about that.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on March 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this
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@3 Do you have any actual evidence for this, or was that borne from a need to shit on the Church?
Posted by MisterBadIdea on March 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM · Report this
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No, that's too mean, I take that back. There's probably lots of reasons to believe that Francis will not address the elephant in the room, which absolutely needs to be done as quickly as possible.
Posted by MisterBadIdea on March 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM · Report this
The Accidental Theologist 9
Isn't it weird that it now feels kind of transgressively radical to come out as a Catholic?

If I was Francis, I'd beatify you, Ms Brown!
Posted by The Accidental Theologist http://accidentaltheologist.com on March 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM · Report this
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@1: I second that!
Posted by auntie grizelda on March 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this
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If you give a flying fuck about who the Catholics select as pope and you're not already one of the faithful you're trolling.
Posted by Cletus on March 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM · Report this
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Just another super-feminist, queer, lefty Catholic named Rebecca popping in to say thanks for this piece. Love your choice of Julian-- mine's Peter.
Posted by MyTwoCents on March 20, 2013 at 6:42 PM · Report this
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@11: ...said the troll.
Posted by auntie grizelda on March 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM · Report this
mtnlion 14
Stop me if I'm missing something:

You voluntarily join an organization whose official policies are that of bigotry, sexism, constant shame and guiltand Mafia-style coverups of child rape, say you're not gonna be "one of THOSE Catholics," compare it to being an American who is opposed to all the shitty things about America, for which we have little say in (I think I would've chosen to be born in Canada, or maybe not, it's hard to say), and then write an article about your hope for this new guy who is So Educated that he believes in all the same nonsense as all the other guys--except he slept outside that one time! He's humbler! He has college degrees and shit!

What makes this guy special again? An institution of old European men got together in some medieval costumery and decided he knows God best? Seriously, stop me if I'm wrong.
Posted by mtnlion on March 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM · Report this
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This Pope is NOT a liberal. (I was a Catholic Brother, and now worship in the Episcopal Church.) And I certainly don't expect him to go endorsing same-sex marriage! But if he can encourage folks to help others in need, that is all to the good! The Seattle Archdiocese has been one of the most liberal for the last 30 years that will not change. Liberal parishioners can find a home here.
Posted by pat L on March 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM · Report this
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Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Withhold judgment--wait for evidence, don't prejudge. Cynicism is easier and lazier and more facile than cynics like to admit.

I'm an atheist, but I see no reason not to apply these notions to the new Pope. Sure, he might prove to be a disappointment or worse, but it seems only fair to give him some time, and to just wait and see before passing judgment.
Posted by Functional Atheist on March 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM · Report this
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I loved the article, thank you so much for posting a message about compassion, it's a fresh change from the other news found here.
Posted by Sam P. on March 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM · Report this
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There is an excellent story about an addict that gives a very haunting definition of hope that you might find interesting.

"Hope is a strange thing, a currency for people who know they are losing. The more familiar you are with hope, the less beautiful it becomes." -16 Years of Alcohol

I sometimes get this thing about victim-blaming and forgiveness. Yes, you want to move on with your life. No, you don't want to be pressured to do so by a faith, majority, that finds your grief unseemly. We all struggle with the idealization of perpetrators of violent acts, especially when we percieve that our emotional/physcial survival is dependent upon that goodness. Judgement is something we do all day long. You'd be a very strange person if you couldn't make judgement calls. And it turns out that a main edict of Chrstianity is to let "god" judge, which can really put a damper on justice.
Posted by hiphoppe on March 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
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As an aside, I'm always astonished that people continue to let their children near anyone "of the cloth." Priest, minister, preacher, rabbi, whichever, take your pick. Then as soon as their beloved child is molested, they grieve horribly in disbelief. How many Dan Savage "Pastor Watches" do there need to be?
Posted by Kim Rice on March 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM · Report this
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Chiming in to agree with @1/15/16... Having grown up a heathen in Seattle with very dear friends in St. Joseph's parish, the contradictions (and the rewards of ceremony, and community, still) involved in being a liberal Catholic have been slowly revealed to me, starting when I was too little to understand I shouldn't take Communion when a guest at mass (and no one stopped me, bless them).

I am puzzled by the people who are up in arms that this pope is not more liberal. What did they expect? Last time I checked, Dan Savage, or bell hooks, or whoever, wasn't a cardinal, you know? Small steps in the papacy are better than more Prada loafers, especially within an institution as calcified as this one.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on March 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM · Report this
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@20 I think they're up in arms because the author is a member of the institution in question. They're upset that the institution is horrible and regressive, and they're .. surprised? offended? ... that a smart, liberal person could stand with such an organization.

Consider if someone joined the KKK and wrote a piece talking about hope for the new Klan leaders. Of course comments would focus on the organization's many flaws. "What did they expect?" might still apply, but it wouldn't invalidate the criticism or the sense of offense that the Stranger even ran such a piece.

If you see these two examples as different, its because religion gets special, undeserved, reverence in our society. We've all been trained to give it more credence than it ever deserved. You wouldn't encourage us to be okay with "small steps" from the KKK. The Catholic Church, judged by its actions over millenia, should be held in lower esteem than the KKK. No kid gloves for those kid-fuckers.
Posted by wxPDX on March 21, 2013 at 2:54 PM · Report this
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@19 and @21 -- the latest stats are that 4% of Catholic priests have committed pedophilia. While it's still sad and shameful, it's more or less in line with other professions. It's doubtful there'll ever be a day when priests, rabbis, ministers, teachers, lawyers, janitors, etc. finally stop taking advantage of children, so the relentless onslaught of vitriol is a little displaced. The ACTUAL problem is the cover up perpetrated by church leaders and the ongoing lack of accountability for priest-abusers. This is an institutional failure and calls for reexamination of institutional safeguards. To claim the whole institution or the entire profession is inherently evil is a huge stretch.
Posted by Sandman on March 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM · Report this
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What in the hell is a "Super-Femenist?"
Posted by worldcitizen on March 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM · Report this
mtnlion 24
@21, Yeah, I think the KKK analogy is a good one. By becoming a member, Rebecca does approve of the Church overall, at least enough to presumably tithe and act with deference towards collars. And from the sound of it, mostly just for the feel-goodery of Heaven and fiction and stuff.

@22, did I just hear you apologize for Catholic priest child rapists? You are one out of touch human being if you think the vitriol is displaced. No one leaves their child alone with a janitor or expects that a teacher has only good will and is spiritually aligned with God. The trust that is given to these men is higher than that of any other profession, and it does make the betrayal significantly worse. The child believes God is totally cool with how they are violated, and they often feel they deserve it. Those children are fundamentally more vulnerable because the fear of God is within them. Their entire view of spirituality is sickly warped, along with everything else they endure.

Organized religion was a necessary sham back before people had rights and secular organizations and shit, but fuck if I can figure out why people feel they need to perpetuate the cyclical jerkoff of power and suffering in order to feel right with Jesus.

Posted by mtnlion on March 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM · Report this
Seattlebcc 25
As someone who is a life long Catholic and a gay man, there are some points missed. Hope is not something should not come and go with the wind. Its needs to me nurtured not just by someone else but from within ones very own heart. Its our individual hopes that keep us going amd promote a stronger community. It is not His Holiness's job to promote individual wants or meet individual expectations as is his job to promote the teachings of a long line of teachings by The Christ and his disciples. Right now importance needs to be placed on the the greater issue of global wealth divisions that affect so many people across gender and lifestyles, such as education for all, a healthy life for all, and common respect for everyone which the new pontiff is promoting. By promoting one group over another is to create greater divisions that already exist. Another thing most people forget is that the Church is a non-governmental organization. They have no weapons of mass destruction nor do the economics of the Vatican resemble those of wealthy nations. Their finances are used to promote the faith where it does not exist. Many Catholics, both "cradle" and new, get lost and become disappointed with the faith. They have expectations that they can change 2000 years of history and teachings by forcing what they want and what they expect instead of taking the faith an extra step and speaking and acting for those who cant readily speak for themselves due to poverty, lack of educational opportunities and more concisely, lack of freedom both physically and mentally. I recommend not listening to past outliers that are not fully disclosed by the media to illicit a knee-jerk response and read some of the encyclicals of past popes and writings by Catholic philosophers and proests, such as St. Thomas Aquinas and theologian nuns, such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Sister Katherine Drexel. We lay faithful can't begin to know everything about 2000 years of history as indepth as Catholic leadership, but these starts can give those who are both Catholic and not, religious and not and idea of the true wisdom that is the faith of so many who have so little else to count on in a world spinning out of control.
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Posted by Seattlebcc on March 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM · Report this
Sandiai 26
@22, I find different numbers from what you're claiming. This is typical:

NEW STATS: 10% of Catholic Priests Were Pedophiles and Still Counting, 20 to 200 Times More Than General Population



http://blogs.alternet.org/cityofangelson…
Posted by Sandiai on March 22, 2013 at 12:17 AM · Report this
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While #22 shows low numbers without a source it does claim that religious orders are on par with the general population in terms of crime rates. #26, somehow a "blogs.something.net" has even less of an authority than not naming your sources... At least I don't trust it but maybe that's just me and it's good enough for you. (btw I didn't even bother clicking on the link, the term blog just turned me off as a reliable source)
Posted by Nate Penner on March 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM · Report this
Indighost 28
@21 I agree completely.

@20: Hey BJC:
The issue is one of the undiscussed alternatives. Why didn't the author join a liberal church? Nothing in her essay answers this question. Why didn't the author adopt some spiritual beliefs that otherwise don't support the authority of some of the world's biggest bigots?
Posted by Indighost on March 22, 2013 at 6:28 AM · Report this
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@21: I don't think religion deserves special reverence or kid gloves, not at all, ESPECIALLY when terrible crimes against the most innocent of all are involved. I do think people trying to affect change from inside an extremely retrograde institution—actively so, like Rebecca Brown here, or by being a member in a parish like Saint Joseph's in Seattle that departs (again, actively) from Rome on every major issue—deserve respect.

@20: I, too, am very curious to find out more about Rebecca Brown's choice to become a Catholic, out of all the options out there for "coming to a sacred table with human beings and getting nourishment" and for approaching what she calls the Mystery—and especially at what many people would consider to be (in modern times, anyway) a low point politically for the Catholic church. I'm hoping maybe she'll write something about this for us.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on March 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM · Report this
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@29: Thanks for this very reasonable reply. I wasn't expecting it.
Posted by Indighost on March 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM · Report this
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Why be a member of a group that doesn't want you? The catholic church is not going to change. Too many people give religious heirachy a bye because they believe in the idea that is never a reality.
Posted by sara987 on March 22, 2013 at 2:33 PM · Report this
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Wow I am blown away by your article in the Stranger. I am constantly compartmentalizing my faith in a small little corner hidden away from my social justice activism, my friends, even my boyfriend who knows my secret but is not entirely okay with it. I even suspect my choice of demoniation is kind of a cop-out of the more demanding religions like that of evangicals or Catholics (I'm what most reffer to as Catholic light) To see a person in the Stranger wrestle with an important event, for all Christians, even protestants, like the choosing of the pope with their own faith practices much inline with the rest of Seattle was awesome. Please Share more!!!
Posted by rachelannechristoff on March 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM · Report this
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Rebecca, I was surprised and taken aback by your reasoning for become a Catholic what with your views and sentiments towards the church. I had doubts and similar views as yours many years ago (having been raised Catholic) and I found solace and comfort in the words of Bertrand Russell, "Religion is based...mainly on fear...fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand...My own view on religion is that of Lucretious. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race" My point is you need wake up. The Catholic church is not going to embrace any of the things you hope and believe in ever! Get over it and move on to a more grounded belief. You do not need an organized religion to find the spirituality you need in your life.
Posted by JohnnyBart on March 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM · Report this
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I ddd
Posted by Siddha on March 23, 2013 at 4:09 AM · Report this
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Organized religion still getting in your way of creating a central banker monopoly-friendly world religion of Gaya/Luciferianism?

Gays and Lesbians seem to be thriving just fine, despite their purported "enemies." In fact, it's amazing what infinite central banker fiat money will do to create and support a socially engineered movement.

You expect us to believe that all of a sudden, mankind suddenly realized that gays and lesbians are necessary to the survival of the community, society, and the species? I call SOCIAL ENGINEERING BULLZHIT.
Posted by Siddha on March 23, 2013 at 4:14 AM · Report this
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"Rebecca Brown's choice to become a Catholic..."

Wouldn't it be ever-so-useful for Rebecca to CLAIM she is a Catholic so that you, the reader, will believe she has something important to say about Catholicism? That then gives her the "right" to bash Catholicism with greater impact on you, the reader.

QUITE MANIPULATIVE, don't you think?

Fabian socialists really are that slimey, people. Anything for the end goal.
Posted by Siddha on March 23, 2013 at 4:21 AM · Report this
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Thank for you this. As a queer, female Christian, who is consistently drawn back to the church (despite its many serious issues)- you have articulated how I often feel and do not know how to say.
"But I had always loved—and needed—the Christian story of light after dark, life after death, and mercy and forgiveness. I loved the idea of coming to a sacred table with human beings and getting nourishment; I loved and needed the Mystery"
YES! I feel affirmed. Thanks.
Posted by LauraLee on March 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM · Report this
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@37 I'm always surprised when "I like the stories and sense of community" is given as a reason to believe. I got that from a college friend who just got baptized.

That kind of justification is good for why you like to go play Magic the Gathering at the card store, why you go to the midnight showings of Harry Potter, or why you arrange Game of Thrones viewing parties.

That kind of justification is wildly insufficient for ACTUALLY BELIEVING the nonsense stories, or joining an organization that has hurt a lot of people over the years in a lot of different ways.

Of course, if a religious person understood the concept of "sufficient justification for belief" then they wouldn't be religious.

Posted by wxPDX on March 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM · Report this
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#25
It's only fair that the Catholic Church cares about 'the poor' because it creates so many of them by denying women autonomy over their own reproduction. Abstract edicts without concern for the brutal human consequences that ensue shows more concern for an abstraction than for the human lives they apply to. The Church as an institution has caused some of the greatest savagery the world has seen, yet claims infallibility for its pope.
Posted by a she on March 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM · Report this
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Rebecca Brown is catholic. An adult convert no less.

Very very depressing.

Now she gets to bend her writing into the same intellectual yoga positions that fellow catholic and (bonus!) "conservative" Andrew Sullivan submits himself to. A tragic use of gifted minds.

I still read Andrew (as long as I don't have to *listen* to him) and will still read Rebecca, but this is just sad.
Posted by moretent on March 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM · Report this
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refreshing and powerful thinking article - i do not know why there is anti-gay theology in Roman Catholicism - but the core beliefs of the church as far as celibacy or abortion - i respect and abide by as i was raised a Roman Catholic - maybe there is 'hope' for homosexuals in Pope Francis - let us pray - p.s. like all your writing -
Posted by basia on March 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM · Report this
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As a Catholic recently returned to the church, I believe Pope Francis a hope for fresh air and light into the Church. I don't think he will address the sexism in the church but I think he will kick corruption, child abuse, and abuse of the poor squarely in the butt. In the meantime couldn't we all just back off from the negative and pray for positive change?
Posted by babyboomer53 on April 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM · Report this

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