Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Pope Francis would have agreed with John Lennon (and Francis is likely the first pope since John XXIII who would have done so):
Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday called on atheists to unite with believers of all religions and work for “a homemade peace” that can spread across the world.
Speaking to about 70,000 people from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, the same spot where he emerged to the world as pope when he was elected on March 13, Francis also made another appeal for the environment to be saved from “human greed and rapacity”.
The leader of the 1.2 billion-member Church wove his first “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and world) message around the theme of peace.
“Peace is a daily commitment. It is a homemade peace,” he said.
He said that people of other religions were also praying for peace, and – departing from his prepared text – he urged atheists to join forces with believers.
“I invite even non-believers to desire peace. (Join us) with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace,” he said, drawing sustained applause from the crowd.
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I fail to be impressed by the PR Pope. I'm not even sure how many of his ideas are his own, and how many come from the two public relations firms the Vatican employs. As the head of the largest institutionally sexist organization on earth, which continues to shelter its high-ranking pedophile enablers from public justice, Francis is going to have to do a lot more than mouth fine words and do small deeds to reach even minimally acceptable standards of morality. Right now, he is little more than the mouthpiece of a criminal organization built on a foundation of lies and past violence.
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Sunsin, I am hopeful he can succeed in changing some part of the Catholic church. At least he is shaking up the GOPers in the states, so that's a start.