On this day of ancient pageantry for the new Pope, I’m wondering if it reaches you.
Ancients by Beth Hoeckel
Ancient is the word. Being a former catholic, I cannot take it seriously.
All those people gathered at the Vatican with so much faith and hope. I watched it with amazement.
I’m not a Catholic and never have been, but I can’t help but to be a little impressed by all the pageantry and ceremony, and I do find the history to be interesting (speaking as a history junkie, of course).
But that’s as far as it goes – I think the Catholic church’s stance on a lot of different things is unenlightened and outdated.
Speaking humbly as a Jew with the most fabulous woman Rabbi, they REALLY need to move forward.
I agree. I used to work in the business office of a Catholic school, and during my 2 1/2 years at that job, I got a first-hand view of how the church handles problems. I know more about it than I want to know. They really are stuck in the 12th century. It makes me glad that I’m not Catholic.
I can’t relate to the intense emotion that many folks demonstrated when they learned the new people had been elected. Nonetheless, I wish him well in his endeavour to make the Church relevant, and to create a culture where scandal is unacceptable. So many innocent young people have suffered; it’s time to end that.
I completely agree, Kathy.
Ugh: “Pope”, not “people”.
I’m the only lucky one who gets to edit my typos. (And there are plenty.)
I think they made the wrong call–they should’ve gone with Mike Bloomberg. He’s looking for a job, the salary is fine with him. And have you looked at that College of Cardinals? He’d get rid of the 16+ oz. sodas from the conclave and get that group in shape!
If over he weren’t Jewish.
And divorced…But that’s why they pay me the big bucks–to think outside the Papal box!
Raised Catholic. 12 years of Catholic school. Bolted to a hippie college as soon as I got the chance.
Can’t understand how any thinking woman of my generation can call herself a Catholic. We are invisible to the Church, and therefore we have no value. There’s so much change that has to happen and so little evidence that any of it will happen in my lifetime. I’m a proud fallen angel.
I hear you, Mary. And, I love Sister Simone, and the Nuns on the Bus. I’m inspired by their commitment to making change from the inside out.
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