Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Bergoglio often rode the bus to work, cooked his own meals and regularly visited the slums that ring Argentina’s capital. He considers social outreach, rather than doctrinal battles, to be the essential business of the church.

He accused fellow church leaders of hypocrisy and forgetting that Jesus Christ bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes.

“Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit,” Bergoglio told Argentina’s priests last year.

Bergoglio’s legacy as cardinal includes his efforts to repair the reputation of a church that lost many followers by failing to openly challenge Argentina’s murderous 1976-83 dictatorship. He also worked to recover the church’s traditional political influence in society, but his outspoken criticism of President Cristina Kirchner couldn’t stop her from imposing socially liberal measures that are anathema to the church, from gay marriage and adoption to free contraceptives for all.

Read more: http://patriotupdate.com/2013/03/new-pope-clashed-with-president-over-liberal-policies/#ixzz2NWDJjAnM

One comment on “Pope Francis

  1. Don Dishman says:

    He seems to be a down to earth man. Wonder what being “thrown” into one of the most powerful positions in the world will do to him. Or what he will do to that position? We are the same age and I am thinking about how much less I can do and he takes on the load of the Roman Catholic Church? Guess I better raise my sights just a bit! Don Dishman

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