Michael Gerson: Pope Francis seems focused on trying to lead as Jesus would

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  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    June 8, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    Silly me. I neglected to list the Dalai Lama.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    June 8, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    To Mike R (re: 6/7 7:39a)...

    The article's 3rd paragraph states what religion should not do & then in the last sentence what it should be.

    re: The Skeptical Chymist

    Agreed. As I sit in my comfy chair, Let me point out that Benedict, at one time, was charge of the Inquisition... which no one expects.

    Francis, John Paul II, Howard W Hunter, & Gordon Hinckley are prime examples of what a religious leader should be.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 8, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    Pope Francis seems to be a vast improvement over his predecessor, at least so far.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    June 7, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    Although this is a classic example of "having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof," I admit that I am touched by the simple acts of kindness of this man. I think that he is trying to follow the Savior to the maximum extent of his knowledge, and this humility will be a blessing to himself and many others. I predict that he will have more influence on people than government rulers ever could.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 7, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    When we list our allegiances, how do we order that list? I'm certain that the Pope puts God at the top of his list. I do. Most people that I know put God first. I put family second. I put Country third.

    One definition of allegiance is: "the obligation of a feudal vassal to his liege lord". Knowing that makes it easier to give allegiance to God, to family and to Country.

    Is government not important? No, government is important. Except in times of war when the survival of the nation is at risk, any time and financial commitments to government must come after tithes and offerings and family finances.

    We have an obligation to government, but it should never be the top item on the list.

    The Pope, in his very humble way, is showing that he has his list in proper order.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    June 7, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    If anything will save us from the self fulfilling apocalyptic prophesies of western religion (short of everyone losing their religion altogether, which is not likely), it will be religious examples and leaders like this.

    Any religious person who lives the NT as opposed to pontificating on the OT is fine by me...

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 7, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    Religion is independent of government, but not above it. It's just religion, after all; it is not my society or nation. It is directed by the lord, inasmuch as someone who offers no proof says it is.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 7, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    Interesting article, but it missed the main point of religion. Religion is independent of government. It has no link to anything the government does. It is free to act as directed by the Lord, not as directed by government or by public opinion.

    This Pope seems to do that very thing. I have not closely followed the Catholic Church, but I have very high respect for that church and for the Catholics who live their religion.

    When I served a mission for the LDS Church in Belgium and France, I saw the Nuns and the Priests of the Catholic Church serving the people. They spent their days and nights offering comfort and assistance to the downtrodden, the needy, the suffering. They lived lives of service. They had no earthly possessions except some clothes, modest accommodations and modest meals. When we ate with them, we were served stew or soup with bread. Earthly possessions were not important to them.

    We should all learn from this Pope. He seems to be a very fine man.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    June 7, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    just want to and my AMEN to that one!