- It would be better still if there were no pope, no infallibility, no bishops with fiefdoms, and if a democratic church emerged. In that church, same-sex marriage would be celebrated, contraception would be the prelude to responsible parenthood and abortion would be understood as a necessary right. It is no accident that many Christian denominations without pope have moved in that direction.
- Let’s Face It, Pope Francis Still Ain’t That Great
- This Pope Could Save the Catholic Church, And Maybe, America
Frances Kissling, Nation Magazine
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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican September 25, 2013. (Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)
September 25, 2013 | “A new pope will change nothing. Not a woman, not an African, not a Latin, not a nice guy. In fact, if anything is to change, the first thing that needs to happen is no pope, and certainly not an infallible one.”
So I said at the height of the hype that surrounded Pope Francis’s election. Church watchers noted that he was a humble man who cooked for himself, took public transport and lived in an ordinary apartment. But despite Francis’s example, no cardinal has followed his lead and moved out of his palace or given up his limo. He challenged the use of church property for profit, telling refugees at a pastoral meeting in a Jesuit center in Rome that “empty convents and monasteries should not be turned into hotels by the church to earn money.” Without doubt that’s what Jesus would do—but it’s unlikely that the pope’s words will lead the bishops to be so generous. US bishops are more likely to seek government funds to feed the poor and shelter the homeless than sell off their considerable real estate holdings. After all, about 54 percent of Catholic Charities’ funding comes from federal and state governments, not church coffers.
Frances Kissling is president of the Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy and former president of Catholics for Choice.
Let’s Face It, Pope Francis Still Ain’t That Great, Truthdig
Sep 21, 2013 | There’s no denying the latest pope is one of the better leaders the Catholic Church has seen. He’s been trying to turn the Vatican’s attention away from its “obsession” with abortion and homosexuality, and opened up the conversation about priestly celibacy. He’s attempted to prove his humility by living modestly and has announced that poverty is his main concern. And yet, despite all of these seemingly important steps, Salon’s Katie McDonough explains he’s “still pretty awful.”
This Pope Could Save the Catholic Church, And Maybe, America, Rob Kall, OpEd News
- Can you imagine if the Pope told his legions of Cardinals and Bishops and Priests to tell their flocks that it was evil for the House republicans to take away food stamps for five million people.
- A Big Heart Open to God
- Chris Hedges on American Facists