Saint Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

We have a new pope! Now What Pope Francis?

Well, we have a new pope, Pope Francis I. It seems that he is going to be a different pope, being that he thinks he needs to do things his own way on the balcony than those of his predecessors. We just need to wait and see how different he is going to be going forward, and to what ends. I am not going to make any predictions just yet, but I will say that I was not expecting to see what I saw. A couple of questions I have.

1. Where were the vestments?
2. Why did it take so long for him to come out?
3. Why did Marini look so distraught for much of the time he was up there?


11 comments:

Nick said...

I completely second your Marini observation: he looked very distraught.

This is what at least 2/3 of the Cardinals gave us, within 3 ballots, so he must have been an early favorite. This pope will be the barometer of how good or bad the Cardinals are.

Obviously, his unique name, combined with the fact he's Jesuit and he doesn't seem well distinguished (e.g. education, refinement, etc) in any way, are concerns.

No need to jump to conclusions, but he certainly isn't a traditionalist. How 'bad' he can make things is certainly a concern.

Even the overall tone from the Catholic media is somewhat stunned silent, with everyone asking: WHO IS THIS GUY?

Alan Aversa said...
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Matthew Bellisario said...

Yes, I know, the evidence of his past actions is not looking so good. I am still trying to get my mind around what just happened.

Alan Aversa said...

Corrected link about his being vehemently opposed to Summorum Pontificum

Matthew Bellisario said...

EWTN is making him out to be the greatest thing that has ever happened to the Church. They don't even know who he is and they are acting like they are all experts on him now. Baffles me.

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

PFI also seems to have swallowed ecumenicalism whole hog as well. He has visited synagogues and has had Protestant ministers 'bless' him. Heretics and Christ-rejecters! The spirit of Assisi lives!

Alan Aversa said...

a much more positive assesment of now-Pope Francis I

Matthew Bellisario said...

I think we are just going to have to wait and see what he does. Remember, once many men have become pope, they have become changed men. Lets pray and see what he does in the future.

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

Matt, lets hope he changes into another Pius IX!

Nick said...

Being opposed to SP does not mean he will be a bad Pope. For example, Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa CA is opposed to SP (and I cannot figure out why), but he is very outspoken on Church morals and orthodoxy and proper celebration of the NO, and he has his priests conform to all this. In fact, he even came out recently and forced every teacher and catechist in his diocese to sign a statement of faith, including explicit mention of abortion, contraception, etc.

As far as the Traditional Latin Mass is concerned, Benedict did not really do much outside of SP. As others have said, he never celebrated the TLM, and he only did the NO Ad Orientem once. So while SP was a very good thing, Benedict was perfectly fine with the NO.

I don't like the claim that Pius IX used to be liberal so we should have good hope that Francis will become another Pius IX. It just seems too unlikely.

Neil Parille said...

He's an ecumaniac

http://news.yahoo.com/pope-francis-lauded-interfaith-dialogue-221930300.html