It has been almost a week since Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was named Pope Francis I. Just prior to his election, a seagull landed on the chimney of the conclave foreshadowing of that the successor would choose the name of St. Francis of Assisi, lover of animals. A twitter account for the Pope’s Seagull quickly popped up as well to give updates about this first elected pope of the new world.
Speculation has it that Bergoglio was the choice for pope during last conclave, but he did not accept the duties and they went to Pope Benedict XVI instead. In choosing Italy’s patron saint, Pope Francis decided to link himself to Italy.
Pope Francis is overwhelmingly humble and has historically working in the slums of Buenos Aires. And according to Fox News, he will be spending Holy Thursday washing the feet of 12 juvenile delinquents at a detention center.
I would very much like to touch upon the controversial ‘Gay’ issue that I saw on TV immediately after Pope Francis emerged from conclave. Some friends and others I have talked to since then, express disappointment in the fact that the patriarch is still is anti-gay (Although recent reports say he supposedly advocated gay civil unions in 2010).
In any case, for those who are disappointed with his stance on ‘gay rights,’ to them I say “IT MAKES SENSE COMING FROM HIM.” He is the head of the Catholic Church, and obviously he would be the ultimate protector of the ‘traditional’ family made of both a man and woman. Of course, gay activists staged a small protest in St. Peter’s Square. They should know that obviously he was selected by the Cardinals to maintain the church teaching that states “although homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered….gays should be treated with compassion and dignity.” (Burlington FreePress) I do not believe he would change his mind.
On a different note, Benedict is retaining the name ‘your Holiness” and wears the same white cassock (without the sash and cape). Various news sites are speculating what is possibly said in these private conversations between the two ‘holiest’ men on earth. With the conspiracies surrounding the Vatican due to Benedict’s early retirement from the position, some consider that Benedicts health may be failing him quickly.
In any case, these recent events have given me a new answer for the typical interview question: “If you could have a meal with anyone on earth, who would it be and why?” I would choose these two men because I cannot imagine the wisdom that flows between the two of them.