Pope Francis is slowly becoming as loved and as revered as John Paul II, but why do conservatives dislike him?
I am not the most Catholic of Catholics you’ll ever meet, but it’s hard not to want to read or find out more about Pope Francis. In his first year as Pope he has subtly and single-handedly revolutionised the Church with many not even noticing.
How? Well, let me tell you how!
He has finally told Catholics to cease their obsession with homosexuals, abortion and contraception for fear that the Church might end up ‘falling like a house of cards’. He has spoken out in favour of breastfeeding and even encouraged a woman to do it in the Sistine Chapel. He has taken selfies with youngsters, including some Maltese youths; called the Internet ‘a gift from God’; and phoned nuns to wish them a Merry Christmas. He has even declared that ‘all religions are true’ and he condemned racism.
Pope Francis, in more ways than one, is every inch the modern-man the Church needed to be catapulted into the 21st century – so why do conservatives hate him?
For all the same reasons the average Joe and liberalists love him – he is open minded enough to think outside the Popemobile. So much so, that people actually believed rumours that he had said that there is no literal hell and that Adam and Eve were a fable – although he didn’t actually say this, and as far as the Church is concerned, both are true and real.
What people need to understand is that the Church is much bigger than Pope Francis, Vatican City, and the cathedrals and churches peppered around the globe. The Church is bigger than the Holy Bible and the 10 commandments. The Church is a one-billion-people strong ideology that is 2,000 years old.
For one man at the helm of such a religion to even be able to say something like ‘all religions are true’ is extraordinary. Sure he has not condoned homosexuality, abortion and contraception, but the fact that he told others to give it a break is already a step forward. We need to remember that the Church has its own dogma, and its own ideologies to safeguard.
I personally don’t agree with most of them, which is why I don’t attend mass, but I understand that for the Church the fact that I’m separated and living with another man is a sin – I don’t expect the Pope to condone my relationship, but the fact that he’s willing to understand that different people have different lifestyles is already a big leap forward.
So, yes, basically, that’s why conservatives hate Pope Francis, because he understands that life is not as black and white as they make it out to be.
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