Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wanna know more about the Jesuit Pope Francis?


Nice articles at a couple of lefty sites.   Worth reading in full.   I love the fact that the Left wants to lay a claim on His Holiness in spite of knowing how he feels about abortion and  homosexuality.  

Caroline Linton writing at TheDailyBeast.  She seems hopeful (if you read in-between the lines) that Pope Francis is a lefty at heart.  HAHAHAHA
.....Although the Jesuits now are well-regarded, the order wasn’t always in such good terms with the Catholic Church. Look at its name—Jesuit was originally a derisive term for those one who used too frequently or appropriated under the name of Jesus. Jesuits managed to retake the narrative on that one, and the term Jesuit is embraced by the order and has a mainly positive meaning. But in 1767, led by the charges that the Jesuits were too influential and elitist, Pope Clement XIV signed the Suppression of the Society of Jesus, which was enforced in Catholic countries such as France, the Spanish and Portuguese empires, among others. But the order was not followed in non-Catholic countries, causing the Jesuits to continue in Russia and its territories. In 1814, Pope Pius VII restored the Jesuits—but not all countries followed suit. In fact, Switzerland banned the Jesuits in the Constitution, which was not lifted until a national vote in 1973.....

Mary Elizabeth Williams writing at Salon:  (She has given plenty of links inside her article ... definitely worth a read)
...Francis I: The pope of the 99 percent? The first Jesuit pope may be deeply conservative on many issues, but his religious order is cause for hope.   If you’d been holding your breath hoping for a fresh new bro pope, a younger dude with a marginally less offensive attitude toward some of the most deeply controversial and divisive issues among Catholics today, your ship did not come in on Wednesday. The 76-year-old Argentine Bergoglio, the first pope to hail from the Americas, has reportedly called same-sex marriage “a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” So that’d be a no. He’s not down with abortion under any circumstances, which he says contributes to a “culture of death,” and has publicly clashed with Argentina’s President Cristina Fern├índez de Kirchner over the country’s plan to distribute free birth control. But according to a report in the Guardian, he is, however, open to contraception as a form of preventing disease.....

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