All hail Pope Franics. But he’s still the head of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis is coming to America, and the hoi polloi is pretty excited. As popes come and go, this is by far the best Pope that anyone can remember.

The Pope has been so revolutionary that the following quote was actually attributed to the Pope:

It is not necessary to believe in God to be a good person. In a way, the traditional. Notion of God is outdated. One can be spiritual but not religious. It is not necessary to go to church and give money — for many, nature can be a church. Some of the best people in history do not believe in God, while some of the worst deeds were done in His name.

Of course, the Pope didn’t actually say that. But it’s remarkable that a good number of people, especially on the progressive side of the spectrum, actually thought that he had.

But before we get completely carried away with this Pope, let’s remember one thing:

  • This is still the Pope.
  • This is still the head of the Catholic Church.
  • This pope is still against the ordination of women or birth control or the right to choose whether to abort a fetus or not.
  • This is still the same organization that brought us the the crusades, the inquisition, confession, the sale of indulgences, and most recently, the sexual abuse of children and protection of the perpetrators on a massive scale.

This Pope has very much changed the tone in the Vatican. He appears to be a man of compassion who actually cares about the “common” people. I’m mindful of how much better this Pope is than previous Popes, but the Catholic Church still has so far to go to undo the centuries of damage that it has done.

Sorry everyone, not all is forgiven.

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4 Responses to All hail Pope Franics. But he’s still the head of the Catholic Church.

  1. a1skeptic says:

    The Pope got into a bit of trouble by not coming to Boston — the epicenter of the Priest Sexual Abuse Scandal — and by talking about the “courage” of the priests but not the courage of the victims.

  2. a1skeptic says:

    As was widely reported, Native Americans and many American progressives were also very unhappy with the canonization of Junípero Serra.

  3. a1skeptic says:

    It also didn’t help that the Pope met with disgraced and faux-heroine Kentucky clerk Kim Davis one-on-one.

  4. a1skeptic says:

    Since the Pope got a lot of shit for meeting with Kim Davis, he’s now backtracking and saying that the meeting ‘‘should not be considered a form of support of her position.’’ Sorry Pope, too late. She clearly interpreted it as support of her position, and it sure looks like it from outside the Popemobile.

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