Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Pope like Any Other

"Pope Francis signals new course for the papacy." Really?! Virtually everything people have been saying about what can be expected from the new Pope boils down to wishful thinking. Maybe he will be an improvement over the last one but there is nothing substantial to back that assumption up. Many have noted the tone and/or manner of the new Pope without ever acknowledging how superficial that observation is. There has been no hint at all that Francis has any intention to reform the hierarchy, alter doctrines, or make any changes to policy and practice. There is absolutely no reason to see this Pope as being different from any previous Popes in any practical way. His "tone" is just as likely to be purely a public relations ploy.

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