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Your Hopes for the Pope?

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Mar 23, 2013

“May God forgive you!” were the first words spoken by Pope Francis, to the conclave of Cardinals that had just elected him Pontiff. Although that may not have been any more than typically self-deprecating humor, it has perked a few ears about the priorities the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires may pursue in his new role.

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Posted by Dashford
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I keep hoping for a stealth pope, or a mole in the Catholic Church who makes it all the way to the top and brings the church out of the middle ages. He would get rid of the many flagrant superstitions, including the hardly more than 100 year old one that the pope can make infallible statements - if he declares ex cathedra that that is false who could argue? Silly superstitious doctrines like the bodily assumption of Mary into heaven and the immaculate conception would fall as a result. He would admit that the church's doctrines on human sexuality - on birth control, priestly celibacy, the exclusion of women from the priesthood, etc - have done untold harm in the world and must be junked or reformed. One could make lists without end, and Tom in fact has a somewhat longer one.

Do I expect Francis to be my stealth pope? No. I expect that with his admiration of St. Francis he will be an improvement on his predecessors, but that he will continue to support the old, bad doctrines and most of the practices of the medieval church. But maybe he will surprise me! That would be nice.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 28, 2013 at 6:53 am

So, let's see ... if the infallible Pope says he's fallible ... is that the opposite of the person whose first mistake was saying "nobody's perfect?" And does this comment have anything to do with Schrodinger's cat?

I'm no rocket scientist and this stuff makes my head spin. If I run off the road this morning, I'm blaming you, and Schrodinger. Thanks for your thoughts, I think! ;-)

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