Argentina? First One From The New World!!!

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Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina elected pope, will be known as Pope Francis I. Bergoglio, 76, becomes the first pope from the Americas.

I’m not Catholic, so I’ve no real pertinent thoughts on this.  And, I’m definitely not familiar with the characters involved.  But, he’s going to head a very large part of Christendom so this holds significant weight.   

I pray that God guides and blesses him in his every step, utterance, and thought. 

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14 Responses to Argentina? First One From The New World!!!

  1. Bruce says:

    I’m not Catholic either, but I am a chemist…and so is he. I’m not sure what to make of that. A scientist Pope?

  2. HankH says:

    They change their name when they become pope? I didn’t know that.

  3. cdquarles says:

    Maybe in the tradition of Saul -> Paul? I don’t know, but there is precedent for it.

  4. PhilJourdan says:

    I am not a Biden Catholic – in other words, I am a practicing Catholic. By no means a smoke and mirrors one – but I do find both faith and solace in the Church.

    That being said, I did look forward to who the next Pope would be, but not with any “dog in the race”. So I am both pleased and a bit saddened by Pope Francis.

    Pleased in that I think the Church is recognizing it is no longer Eurocentric. Pleased they picked a man of such humble habits. Pleased that the Church recognizes there is a strong presence in the “new world”.

    But saddened that he is so old, we will not get to know him very well before he retires or passes on.

    This is the 5th Pope I can remember being elected. Each one always brings a sense of hope. With the exception of Pope John Paul I (whose only fault was he left us too early), all have delivered.

    To know the Papacy, you need to know 2 facts about Catholics.
    #1 – The Church is not a democracy and does not pretend to be.
    #2 – The Church does not bend with the breezes of the age. It does not blow with the prevailing current trends. It changes little and slowly.

    • manicbeancounter says:

      Though a non-Catholic, I welcome the new Pope. The age is something that concerns me as well, but from a different perspective. Pope Benedict is just nine years older that Pope Francis and has stepped down due to the decline that age brings. In later years Pope John Paul II was increasingly frail, and lack the vibrancy of his earlier ministry.
      However, one asset that Pope Francis has is his deep spirituality. In Britain the secular commentators were hoping for an administrator to sort out the deep issues within the Church. I side with the Cardinals on this one.

      • PhilJourdan says:

        Pope Benedict only served 7 years, so perhaps Pope Francis is not looking to serve long either. But one thing is for certain. The Cardinals do not care what the rest of the world wants or thinks. While Pope Francis was not a dark horse – in that he was known, he was not the ones some were hoping for, and others were pushing for.

      • suyts says:

        LOL, I bet not! I was reading about some of his prior statements. Beautiful. As you say, Phil, the Cardinals don’t care, nor should they. Right and wrong doesn’t change with time.

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