New Pope elected. Pope Francis, anything new?

A new Pope has been elected. It’s an interesting position. To be infallible must be both humbling and tempting. Will Pope Francis bring changes? Should he?

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Here are 5 facts about the new Pope

Here is half the list from the CBC article, you can read the rest here.

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of five children born to an Italian railway worker and his wife
  • He reportedly had a lung removed when he was a teenager due to an infection.
  • He has written books on spirituality and meditation and has been outspoken against abortion and same-sex marriages, according to the Catholic News Service.
  • He is the first Jesuit to be named a pope. He entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained in 1969 during his theological studies at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel.
  • He has chosen the name Francis — the first time in papal history that name has been used.
  • He is the first pope from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than 1,000 years.

 What’s not new?

First I need to be clear, I’m not Catholic. Usually I think that if I’m not part of a group – particularly a religion – I’m not entitled to share my opinion. This time, it’s kind of in my face so I’m taking it as an invitation to opine.

This is the 7th new pope in my life. I’m probably more aware of the last couple than I was of the earlier ones because the media coverage has been higher.

What’s not new? Hmmm, old white guy running the show. anti-abortion, anti gay marriage.

What’s new?

He’s from the Americas, and he chose a name that hasn’t been used before – this new pope is the first Francis.

Should the new pope change things?

Here’s where I get stuck. If he is the leader of the church, and the church is based on the instructions from God, wouldn’t changing it be going against God’s word? But if the Pope is infallible, he can do as he believes, right?

What do you think? Or what do you know about what’s around the corner for the Catholic church? Do you care?