Friday, March 15, 2013

"Pope Could Bring Change" by Bridget Mary Meehan/Pope Opts for Simple Black Shoes, Ditches Fancy Red Loafers, Pays Own Hotel Bill, Shares a Minivan...

Pope could bring change
In response to your article on new pope, "Conservative, with eye to the poor":
Pope Francis has set a good example of simplicity, solidarity with the poor and ecological interests.
While I would like to see Pope Francis affirm women priests, he could take some steps forward for women's equality by hiring women for some of the top positions in the Vatican Curia to reform governance of the Catholic Church.
He could ask the bishops of the church to open more leadership positions to women in dioceses.
He could end the investigation of the nuns and offer the Church's gratitude to the sisters for years of loving labor to those on the margins.
We look forward to the birth of a new era that promotes the inclusion of the voices of women, the poor and others marginalized in our Church, including gays, lesbians and transgender. All belong to God's beloved family.
Bridget Mary Meehan

"The New York Times reported on his down-to-Earth-ness following Wednesday’s election, noting that Pope Francis insisted on paying his Vatican City hotel bill on Thursday (maybe God will reimburse?). Additionally, he opted for simple black shoes instead of Benedict’s flashy red loafers, shared a minivan with several cardinals on the way to dinner*, and, proving that he is not a central character from The Devil Wears Prada, allowed others to join him in the elevator—even though pontiffs usually “descend alone.” (*It is uncertain whether Francis called shotgun or elected to climb over fellow passengers for one of the less-favorable rear seats, but said information would be telling.) Channeling J. Law’s chatty sensibility, Francis’s first homily was “conversational . . . albeit dense in biblical allusions,” in the Times’s appraisal. Photographic evidence that he used the subway in Argentina further suggests that Pope Francis is modest, mass-transportation tolerant, and maybe just Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from the block.

More recently, Pope Francis suffered a vaguely embarrassing Jennifer Lawrence–like moment when he stumbled on the stairs during a meeting with the College of the Cardinals in the Vatican. After his black loafer apparently caught under his white vestments, similar to how Lawrence’s heel caught on her flowing pink Dior gown, Pope Francis tripped but caught himself before shaking the hand of Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals—who, for the sake of this Latin Oscars reenactment, assumes the role of Jean Dujardin. The humanizing moment (embedded below) has already spread its way across the Internet, being viewed by people who may not normally be interested in a foreign-language Catholic Church meeting. Viral Vatican success?"

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