“Pope Francis said Monday that he will not “judge” gay priests, a huge shift from his predecessor, who sought to bar men with “homosexual tendencies” from the priesthood, and another sign that the new pope is changing the church’s approach to historically marginalized groups…
The pope also spoke out about the role of women in the church, saying it needs to be deeper and not end. But he brushed aside the possibility of ordaining women as priests, saying the church had spoken on the matter: “The church says no. That door is closed.” He did say that more work needed to be done theologically on the role of women in the church.”
The more I know about this guy, the more I like him. It’s nice to have a pope who is willing to reach out to groups that traditionally have not received the best treatment from the Church. I cannot even recall the last time a pope directly adressed atheists with the same level of respect and compassion that Francis did.
Another thing I like is the way he eschews the pomp and circumstance of the office and instead acts as a role model of a good Christian. There is a commonly shared photo on the internet that is a side-by-side comparison of the papal throne of both Francis and Benedict XVI. In contrast to his predecessor, who had the throne adorned with gold and wore colorful robes with intricate designs, Francis sat on a simple marble chair wearing a simple white outfit.
The most revealing action of his young papacy occurred on the night he was elected, where he had the humility to actually ask the crowd to pray for him. Imagine that: someone with the title “His Holiness” who is humble enough to ask others for their blessings. It was at that movement that the world knew that Francis would be a different type of pope. A pope for the people.