News flash: Pope Francis still is Catholic

I loved this headline in the National Catholic Reporter:  "Yes, the pope is still Catholic, despite what you heard"

Plenty of speculation has surfaced since Pope Francis I was elected and revealed a refreshing faith based on mercy despite

Pope Francis I

Pope Francis I

sin. It has lead to such assertions, according to the Reporter article, that the pope has abolished sin, that he will name women as cardinals (I wish he would), that he had called a gay man in France to assure him that his homosexuality doesn't matter and that the pope had performed an exorcism on a handicapped man in St. Peter's Square. All of it has been firmly denied.

The article observed that such

"exaggerations have become so commonplace that a parody blog post last month claimed Francis had convened a Third Vatican Council (there have been only two) to declare that 'all religions are true,' there is no hell and there's nothing wrong with supporting abortion rights. What's more, the piece went so viral so fast that Catholic blogs and even the myth-busting website Snopes.com rushed out disclaimers

So, I guess it is safe to continue that tired old response when someone asks, "Is that true." The response being: "Is the pope Catholic."

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  • Still Catholic but assuredly, in spirit, not a Republican.

  • Really, you want to start a dialogue about what American political party the Pope would join? Okay, I'll bite. Clearly Francis would be a Democrat because he doesn't understand the first thing about how the American economy should and does work.

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