Take a good hard look into the life of new pope. To give an overview he thinks that:

Homosexuality is still a sin. He tells people to respect homosexuals, but whent the Argintinian government is going to make sam-sex marriage legal he says, "Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."

During his early life he gave up all his fancy posetions (personal cook, facy place to live, chauffeured limo) and made a pledge of poverty. This sounds awefully noble right? Wrong, look at why he had those things to start out with (because he was a cardinal). Think about what the Bible verson of Jesus would have done. He probably wouldn't have even considered giving those things out to preachers of his word anyway. So denying riches should be something that cardinals and popes HAVE to do an shouldn't be praised for. By the way, the pledge of poverty meant that he just had to live like everyone else in the community (what a saint -- sarcasm)

Lastly, there was a criminal complaint filed against him by a human rights lawyer for the abduction of two Jesuit priests. However, there was no evidence to prove that he had anything to do with it. :)

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You know, I could actually ask one of my professors, if you wanted to hear what they have to say.

"You know, I could actually ask one of my professors, if you wanted to hear what they have to say."

Which is why I posted that in reply to your post. Thanks. Consider it a non-credit assignment (unless you can wangle some credit out of them.) :-)

Well I sent my current theology professor an email with your question and ill probably message you her answer.

@MikeLong - I believe the answer is the fear of death and subsequently, hell - that gun-to-the-head story that Prof. Robert maintains couldn't possibly be effective --

One has to distinguish between the Catholic Church with all its restrictive policies and the Catholic on the street who has his/her own ideas about contraception, abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, etc.

Thats interesting Sam ... I didnt know that he was the runner up.

I haven't really looked into him, but I did scope out a few of the candidates. It occurred to me that they were not looking to find a new Pope, but rather give the old Pope a new face, name and regional origin. The only thing I can say about the Catholic doublespeak on issues such as homosexuality is that it leaves a gap for liberal Roman Catholics to interpret the Church's stance as acceptance when in practice, it's as homophobic as ever. When it comes to such issues, give someone an inch to believe what they want to believe and they'll take a mile.

 

I thought it was really funny when they were showing us the candidates, they had two token black guys in there ... As if to say ... 'Hey were hip" .. But we all knew that there was no way a black Pope would ever be elected...

I think they want Africa to bolster their numbers as it may be a more accessible market for expansion than others.

That's the American news media, Angela, not the Catholic Church.  There's no such thing as  a papal "candidate", and certainly no PR group within the Curia who would even know what "hip" meant <g>.

and certainly no PR group within the Curia who would even know what "hip" meant

The pope's recent venture into the world of Twitter would disagree. If that is not a sad attempt to appeal to the internet generation, I don't know what is.

From a little research, he's anti-contraception and anti-gay so yes he is an irrational zealot. It's garbage in and garbage out as usual with the Raping Catholic Church. 

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