What were those cardinals in the conclave thinking when they elected this man? He made it clear from the first moment that he hates tradition and beauty. He does not defend life from the moment of conception nor does he defend marriage. I'm sick of hearing about the poor. He is a typical South American liberal.....sloppy and arrogant. If Christ were to sit down with Francis I'm sure that the bishop of Rome would explain the real meaning of the gospels to Christ Himself. Everybody knows this is true.
This man has just well-nigh destroyed one of the best hopes for liturgical renewal in the Church, has presided over hideously ugly mass liturgies in Brazil, and has given a green light to a gay Church, and you say "Obrigado"?What are you, a knave or a fool?
Why are traditionalists such grumps who don't even sound Catholic?
May be they don't sound neocon - which is a completely different thing - because they don't worship and idolize brute authority like neocons do...
"I'm sick of hearing about the poor?" I was taken aback when I saw this, for this does not seem to be a very Christian attitude. Where in the bible does it say that we must only help those who are rich, powerful and independent? Or that the poor must be ignored by the rest of us? Acts 20:35: "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"Deut. 15-11: "For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.'"Also, as Jesus said in Mark 12:31: "The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these."Finally, from the Church's own teachings (the first three Corporal Works of Mercy):To feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty and to clothe the naked.Liturgical traditions aside (and I would like to see more of our fine, rich tradition represented), I feel that Pope Francis is trying to practice what he had promised: to not forget the poor. If Pope Francis' actions bring people back into the Church, and gets more people into becoming more active in the Church, that's great.