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(RNS) Since the moment of his election on March 13, Pope Francis has been warmly embraced by his own flock and even the media. But some constituencies in the church are decidedly cautious or even unhappy with Francis, and their grumbling may portend future troubles for the pope.

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  1. [T]he new pope “would likely be considered too liberal for a prime time speaking slot at the 2016 (Democratic) convention,”?

    I think you likely meant Republican?

    • Christian Schmemann

      No, I think Pope Francis would be too liberal for the Democrats, because he would chastise them for not doing near enough to stick up for the poor, and to curtail the extreme excesses of Wall Street. The Democrats also would not want to hear how their support for abortion rights feeds into the extreme cult of individualism that is destroying life for the majority of Americans, and eroding Labor Unions.

      By 2016, the Republicans will consider Pope Francis to be a mortal enemy, especially if the Republicans go total Ayn Rand. If this happens, Pope Francis will initiate a Solidarity Counterrevolution similar to the one that John Paul the Great waged against godless Soviet communism, and Pope Francis will be as successful with his Solidaritry movement as John Paul was.

  2. I don’t think Democrats will have trouble with this Pope. A Pope concerned about the poor and envionmental issues? Nope, that would be republicans who have issues.
    But reading this article it appears to me that only very conservative Catholics were interviewed.
    Not want Benedict wanted? He resigned. He should have NO say in the selection of the new Pope. Theoretically, he should have been dead for this election to take place.

    He was an interesting choice. Perhaps the Cardinals realize that the catholic church is in need of a new direction. You could say that the last pope was not exactly a success for the church.
    Now if he only cleans up the sex abuse scandal, lets women be priests and have positions of authority and allows priests to be married the church would be headed in the right direction.

    • My I am sick of the pope bashers, no pope can allow wemon priests, if he did he would be an antipope as it is against Christ’s tradition, you must remember God is not democratic he is autocratic, he lays down his law and says follow it, he offers forgiveness, if u break his laws but if u refuse to change he has hell waiting. No pope has any authority to allow wemon priests, unless they deide it is their church and they can do what they like. The sex abuse scandal does not really rest on any popes shoulders it is actually
      The bishops responsibility, u have to understand roles and responsiblities in the church find out a little more before you sound as ignorant as the media, as Jesus said you are in the world but not part of the world, that is of course u do not believe in liberal theology, which preachers Jesus was just a man, there were no miricles, no angels and Jesus really was just a good man with nice ideas. By the way liberal theology is outlawed by the church, but u would not know it as bishops and priests ignore the pope, and do what ever they want, and just to set the record straight I am not a traditionalist, I am just a plain female catholic.

      • There is no valid reason why women cannot be ordained to the priesthood. As a matter of fact, it is quite likely that women presided at Eucharist in the earliest days of Christianity when the faithful came together to “break the bread” in private homes. By virtue of our baptism, we should all be eligible for this role. It is not likely that we will see this happen any time soon, but my hope is that we may see women in the permanent diaconate during this papacy.

        • Marion, it will never happen. As John Paul II stated in Ordinatio Sacredotalis: ‘ I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful’. A very valid reason!

          • Kevin,
            It was not quite issued as a dogmatic definition, so I would say there might be a little wiggle room for the church to do something different in the future.

  3. It will be interesting to see if the Pope’s leadership style, which includes real humility can have an effect on the bad behaviour of leaders in the financial and political sectors. His humility might serve to address the arrogance of the major leadership figures. I wonder if any other world leader would consider washing the feet of his constituents or even lower themselves to meet them in their own homes. Hello Mr Obama? Mr Cameron? Mr Netanyahu? Mr Meshaal (HAMAS)? See more at: http://tinyurl.com/abtwmo7

  4. His honeymoon might last a while if he continues like he has started. It will be interesting to see if the Pope’s leadership style, which includes real humility can have an effect on the immoral behaviour of leaders in the financial and political sectors. His humility might serve to address the arrogance of the major leadership figures. I wonder if any other world leader would consider washing the feet of his constituents or even lower themselves to meet them in their own homes. Hello Mr Obama? Mr Cameron? Mr Netanyahu? Mr Meshaal (HAMAS)? See more at: http://tinyurl.com/abtwmo7

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