If you are interested about the impact the new Pope Francis may have on social justice, the poor, Africa, South American, gay rights, HIV, contraception, and social reform – so am I.
I bet Bono will be glued to TV screens and doing his homework too about the new Pope – that’s if he didn’t already know who would get the nod 🙂 Of course Bono met the Pope (back then) for the 2000 Jubilee. Bono realises the power of the Catholic Church and Christianity in general when the Church gets “on the move” and behind a a cause. Bono was a chess champ and he knows the power of all the pieces – Kings, Queens, Knights, Rooks…and Cardinals (or should I say Bishops)!
I’ve been scouring all the media reports all morning (Australian time) to try to find out possible “sympathies” and attitudes of the new Pope Francis and I found this interesting analysis. Read the whole piece for the detail – link below. The analysis was from Pope Francis’s 2005 tilt at the top job – and his appeal to the conclave.
In summary(according to and sometimes quoting from the analysis):
- the new Pope Francis is appealing to both conservatives and liberals –“He appealed to conservatives in the College of Cardinals as a man who had held the line against liberalizing currents among the Jesuits, and to moderates as a symbol of the church’s commitment to the developing world.”
- Pope Francis has supported the social justice ethos of Latin American Catholicism, including a robust defense of the poor.
Balance this with:
“Bergoglio is seen an unwaveringly orthodox on matters of sexual morality, staunchly opposing abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception. In 2010 he asserted that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children.
Nevertheless, he has shown deep compassion for the victims of HIV-AIDS; in 2001, he visited a hospice to kiss and wash the feet of 12 AIDS patients.”
Needless to say – it’ll be a tough job balancing competing interests and challenges of this new era. I wonder how long before Bono gets to meet with Pope Francis. I’m sure they’ll have lots to chat about.