Pope Francis is wandering through South America has encountered thousands who wish him well. At a time when Catholicism is declining in Latin America, there apparently is a warm feeling toward the new head of the Catholic Church. On his first return to South America the Pope’s car took a wrong turn and was overwhelmed by people. He leaned down to grasp hands and kiss babies like an old pro politician. But, people understood this was a decent man who is trapped in a large bureaucracy as well as being surrounded by church politicians who regard “power” as the reason to be a Catholic priest.
The warmth and caring feeling of Pope Francis is confronted with a challenge. Can his basic decency, his care and love for all humans penetrate feelings created by priest scandals and reveal there remains a Catholic church which seeks to bring love an peace to all humans? Only time will tell.
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Pope Francis has conveyed to Catholics and the world his desire to be a leader who is concerned about the church and is ready to engage in the struggle to address sex issues. On June 15, he appointed Monsignor Battista Ricca to an important role in banking. The weekly newspaper l”Experesso charged that Ricca lived openly in a gay relationship with a Swiss army officer while working in the Vatican. It also claims that Ricca was in a gay bar where he was assaulted by some men. He was also caught with a teen age boy.
The Vatican is now engaged in checking the validity of these allegations. The issue is not only did Pope Francis know about these events, but why didn’t he know about these events? They are symptoms of a problem that must be addressed, sooner or later. The issue is not sexual orientation of Ricca but how does the church address gay behavior.
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