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Elected 365 days ago, Pope Francis rides popularity wave

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  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 14, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    @Johnny Triumph

    Morals? Few organizations have exhibited more fervently the opposite of what should be considered morality than the Catholic church through the centuries. Ten consecutive popes like this one couldn't begin to reverse the damage done.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 14, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    He may be authentic but he's not acting much like a leader. He needs to stand up for things that he should be doing and upholding, not buckling to outside pressures or saying things like Who am I to judge. He's the leader of the church, the place-holder for St Peter and thus Christ in the minds of Catholicism. He should be willing to stand for the morals the church has stood for for centuries.

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 14, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    In case this pope's example hasn't elicited understanding for what creates popularity, it's this: authenticity. In contrast to Ratzinger, this pope expresses the same sentiments as Jesus in the Bible. He warns about excessive wealth disparities, encourages loving other people, and promotes understanding others in place of judgment. It's no longer about team Catholic or team protestant for this generation, it's about which organizations do what they are expected to. If a church is shown to engage more in commercial enterprise and money collection, fine. But let's be honest and call it a business and not an organization representing Jesus.