it’s amazing what can happen when you’ve been gone.
in the short two weeks i’ve been MIA from the blogosphere and social media, a couple of things have transpired ::
but perhaps the headline that caught my attention the most in the past two weeks was that one involving pope francis.
pope francis has already been doing some unexpected and exciting things throughout his recent settling into to the title of pontiff. it started with his name choice; during his papal inauguration, he left the red shoes empty and donned a wooden cross rather than the swanky gold one worn by popes past. he later washed the feet of a muslim woman during maundy thursday services, ruffling a few feathers along the way.
he’s refused limousine services, stood up dates made by the vatican for frivolous expenditures like concerts and symphonies in his honor and refuses to stay in the papal apartments. he has declined to have his own chefs, as has been the custom for popes in the past. instead, francis dines each morning with other priests in a communal dining room of the vatican hotel – yet he invited 200 homeless people into the vatican to be served in his name.
that sounds an awful lot like jesus.
and then, while i was on my honeymoon, francis shifted his tone in regard to gay priests. ‘If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?‘ francis told a news conference aboard a flight to rome. ‘You can’t marginalize these people.‘
the pope’s posture has brought mixed reviews from the faithful, and quite a bit of media attention to the vatican who in 1986 defined homosexuality as an ‘objective disorder.’ in fact, pope benedict XVI (pope francis’ predecessor) formally barred men deemed to have ‘deep-seated homosexual tendencies‘ from entering the priesthood.
it seems francis feels differently.
what do you think?