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Pope Francis a shining ray of hope for the Catholic church

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But the Vatican must be berserk. I would be unsurprised if Pope Francis dies suddenly of an abrupt illness. It’s happened before—and no, I’m not thinking of John Paul I. Not particularly.

Mary Elizabeth Williams has a good column in Salon:

He’s only three months into the job, and Pope Francis has already more than distinguished himself as the pontiff most likely to go rogue. His latest oh-no-he-didn’tmove? The revelation this week that during a recent audience with the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious, the Argentine pope acknowledged, “In the Curia, there are holy people. But there is also a stream of corruption.” He then added, “The ‘gay lobby’ is mentioned, and it is true, it is there. We need to see what we can do.”

The news quickly became a bad case of the Mondays for Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, who earlier this year tamped down what he called “unverified, unverifiable, or completely false” reports in the Italian media about blackmailers within the church hierarchy — a group with “a worldly nature” and “united by sexual orientation.”Lombardi, by the way, is the guy who also believes we should be looking at the church’s truly prolific history of sex abuse in “the more general context of secularization” and says that marriage equality will lead to “freely chosen polygamy and, of course, not to discriminate, polyandry.” In other words, having Federico Lombardi be the man who now has to do image control for Pope Francis just isn’t going to stop being awesome any time soon. On Tuesday, he tersely issued the statement that “This was a private meeting held by the pope, and I will not comment on private meetings.” Private meetings in which your pope admits to what you called completely false. HA HA HA.

The pope’s cryptic statement about a “gay lobby” doesn’t do anything to explain what a “gay lobby” actually is, how it’s gay lobbying and what it’s gay lobbying for — or what the Vatican intends to do about what Francis calls the “difficult” work of reforming the genuinely corrupt aspects of the huge worldwide organization he recently became the leader of. But already his actions have revealed a Hillary-like determination to do it his way, protocol be damned.

Right off the bat, he . . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

12 June 2013 at 12:27 pm

Posted in Religion

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