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  •  except this Pope already has a history (19+ / 0-)

    in how he personally lives as a prelate, going back to his elevation to being a bishop in Argentina

    in part, it is his Jesuit training.  Remember Mass. Rep. Fr. Robert Drinan?  He continued to live simply even after getting elected to the House.

    And Jesuits have a strong tradition of social justice.

    Which this Pope combines by his choosing the name of Francis to also embody the traditions of the Franciscans.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 04:25:17 AM PST

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    •  That's a rarity for priests (8+ / 0-)

      What many people do not realize is that while Roman Catholic Sisters and Nuns (they actually aren't the same thing - Nuns are supposed to be cloistered and not interact with the world), as well as Friars like the Franciscans take vows of poverty in addition to the vows of obedience and chastity, regular parish priests do not. They are free to make significant incomes, live in nice houses, drive good cars (our pastor had a Mercedes) and generally enjoy their position of privilege. Some of Bergoglio's actions, specifically in regards to his living arrangements, are likely tied to his having taken a vow of poverty when first ordained, but they are nonetheless impressive, because no one in the Church would have questioned him had he chosen to live as other pontiffs have.

      A government that denies gay men the right to bridal registry is a fascist state - Margaret Cho

      by CPT Doom on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 05:36:07 AM PST

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