“Catholics here agree that [Pope Francis] speaks clearly, directly, and that everyone can understand him; therefore, everyone can also have an opinion. So says Rosa Pastor, who declares herself to be in favor of the Pope. ‘He’s much more straightforward than John Paul II or Benedict XVI, who were quite intellectual. He gets to the point and speaks more to the people. I know that he’s going to bring about positive change in the Church,’ she adds.”
What? Who is this Pope she speaks of that “everyone can understand”?
In San Blas, Catholics are also getting together before mass to discuss Pope Francis. They emphasize that he has shown some signs of having a less conservative mentality—of being “more liberal,” some say, on social and moral issues. …
Esther Vicente is among the youngest. She’s 63, and she supports Pope Francis’s social message. Above all, she values his intention to “heal the wounds” of gays and divorcees.
She believes that the Catholic Church was getting “out of touch,” that it no longer connected with young people. For that reason, she thinks the new Pontiff will bring a necessary breath of fresh air. “But I’m afraid that the ecclesiastical hierarchy won’t let him really undertake the liberalization he seeks.
There they go again, mindlessly spinning the Pope’s “much more straightforward” words.
[According to] Evaristo Villar, spokesperson (and priest) for the Christian Networks (Redes Cristianas), [a] church [for the poor] is capable of giving a “message of hope” to a disenchanted world, but underlines that he hopes for still more. In his opinion, some of Pope Francis’s messages fall a bit short.
“There is definitely a difference from other Popes, but he still hasn’t made much reference to environmental problems, for example. We are also still hoping to hear the key phrase, ‘In the Church we’re all equals, whatever our orientation, whether we’re men or women, whether we’re divorced or not. We all have the same dignity.’”
Give it time, comrade Villar, he’s working on this off-the-cuff messages everyday.
Albert Riba, president of the Atheists and Freethinkers Union, says that the Church “has been saying that it’s going to help the poor for 2,000 years, and it’s never yet done it.” As such, he encourages the Pope to go beyond words to put all the resources of the Catholic Church into service for the poor.
“The Pope’s strategy is clear: to try to move forward. It’s the only thing he can do if he wants religion to continue being a big, powerful lie.”