Today I watched the introduction of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new Pope: Francis I.
I’m not Catholic, but I married one. I’m not even religious. But I like goodness and good people. He does appear to be “good people.” He travels Argentina, taking public transportation and working directly with the poor. I respect a leader who acts as a servant. I also like that of all the gilded and bejeweled crosses he could have worn for his big moment, it seems that he chose his own, more modest piece, that has traveled with him through the rural and desolate parts of Argentina.
Now, granted, if I had voted (and even if I were Catholic, I can’t since I’m a woman) I would have voted for a nun. I think there is no better leader in spiritual matters than a woman.
I’m like a lot of people who take issue with “The Catholic Church” on misogyny, and on homosexuality. However, I have many friends and family members who are Catholic, are more progressive than “the Church” itself, and regardless of our religious differences, they are just damn good people.
Do I worry that he’s very conservative, that he’s a Jesuit? Maybe a little. But like so many areas of life, I put my faith in people more than institution, and every Catholic in my circle of friends and families is a good person, some even more progressive than me on certain issues.
So I do hope for the best for the Catholic Church in the way it interacts with the world at large. I hope “The Church” can better embody serving the poor and focusing on the best aspects of Christianity (goodness, mercy, non-judgment, etc.), and I hope the Pope stays simple and humble. Here’s hoping for this Poping!
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