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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

About an hour after white smoke emerged from the Vatican, Jorge Mario Bergoglio — the 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires — was named the new pope. He has chosen the name Pope Francis I.

A Jesuit, Pope Francis speaks Spanish, Italian and German.

Though he is the first pope chosen from the Western Hemisphere, he is said to rsolutely uphold the Church’s conservative teachings on sexual morality.

“Bergoglio is seen as unwaveringly orthodox on matters of sexual morality, staunchly opposing abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception,” National Catholic Reporter‘s John L. Allen wrote  in the days leading up to the conclave. “In 2010 he asserted that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children, earning a public rebuke from Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.”

Bergoglio’s teaching on social justice echoes the Gospels’ continued concern for the poor.

“We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least,” Bergoglio said during a gathering of Latin American bishops in 2007. “The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”

As many as 41 percent of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, towards which many Vatican leaders are looking in hopes of growing the Church.

“We’ve lost more Catholics to Protestants in the last generation than we lost during the reformation in Europe,” Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest and editor of the Catholic magazine, America, recent told Fox News Latino.

Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that elected Benedict XVI — who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.

AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file

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11 responses to “Catholic Church Picks First Pope From The Americas”

  1. Well there you go! No improvement at all.

  2. Not only is Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francesco or Francis) the first non-European Pope, he is also the first Jesuit to be Pope. His decision to adopt the name Francis, after St. Francis of Assissi is revealing, and an indication that he plans to continue the life of humility that gained him the respect of the Argentinean. It remains to be seen whether or not he can overcome the centuries-old traditions, expectations and the legacy associated with the Papacy.

  3. He’s a Pope. I’m really not surprised by the positions. I consider him moderate (in that crowd) if he’s not actually lobbying for death penalties for gays, like happens in countries like Uganda, sadly. Yeah, the bar is REALLY low.

  4. nobsartist says:

    I sure am glad that crisis is over.

    Next we should tax the hell out of that den of pedophilia and throw any bishop caught assaulting kids in prison.

    Better yet, they should burn them at the stake.

  5. DurdyDawg says:

    Does it really matter? The Pope doesn’t have any more clout (in affairs) than the queen of England except to the devout who continue to wave their sins onto the shoulders of another. These sheeple desperately need to accept responsibility for their own actions and stop assuming that another human being can make everything alright on the other side. Made for (semi) good drama but let’s not go over board on the rhetoric..

  6. patricia lockwood says:

    my notes: boy,how petty some of you are. give the man a chance. part of reason is the abortion part. it’s all right for our damn ,idiot ,dictator,to murder , fetus..oh,forgot, he’s the messiah,really the anti-christ. pl,orl,fla

    • english_teacher says:

      Your religion is against abortion. That is fine. Mine is not. Whose religion is right? We still have a separation of church and state in this country so your religious views cannot be imposed as law.

      As for the “dictator” you refer to, if he’s a dictator, then he’s doing a poor job because he hasn’t been able to control those pesky, mean-spirited, definitely un-Christian Republicans who seem to be the ones trying to do the dictating, instead of compromising to find a solution for all the people and not just the rich and corporations.

  7. Marc S says:

    Another ignorant old man.

    Want to do something about poverty and world hunger?
    Control the population – help make contraception available where it is needed most, don’t rail against it.
    It’s working in China.

  8. Tim Slear says:

    Republicans will be fleeing the Church!!! “Redistribute wealth”?? Yikes!!!!

  9. S-3 says:

    These old white pedophile trash need to be done away with, IMHO – seriously, religion is obselete now; just ask the rest of the world. It’s thanks to people like this.

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