More 'puppy dogs and rainbows' talk from the pope:

In his message Thursday, Francis said the Internet offers "immense possibilities" to encounter people from different cultural and traditional backgrounds and show solidarity with them.

"This is something truly good, a gift from God," he wrote. But he warned: "The desire for digital connectivity can have the effect of isolating us from our neighbors, from those closest to us."

He called for communications in the digital era to be like "a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts" and for the church's message to not be one of bombarding others with Christian dogma.  (Oh, the hypocrisy!)

News article here:  http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/national_world&id...

In comments that will likely rile the more conservative wing of the church, Francis suggested that in engaging in that dialogue, Catholics shouldn't be arrogant in insisting that they alone possess the truth.

"To (have a) dialogue means to believe that the 'other' has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective," Francis wrote. "Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the pretense that they alone are valid and absolute."

.....Francis has offered a softer approach in his sermons and gestures. In one famous off-the-cuff homily, he suggested that even atheists can find salvation. He also riled some conservatives when he washed the feet of two Muslims during the Holy Thursday re-enactment of Christ washing the feet of his apostles.

But rest assured that tolerance is not the official stance of the Catholic church:

Archbishop Claudio Mario Celli, the head of the Vatican's social communications office, said he didn't think Francis was making an official policy statement on interreligious dialogue, noting that the message was merely a reflection, "not a conciliar or dogmatic text."

.....which means business as usual. 

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I call Pope Francis a 'piece of shit'

You mean the internet wasn't a gift from Al Gore? :-)

Al Gore gave the gift, but it was the Holy Spirit that possessed him and took over Al Gore's mind and body to create the internet. Thus, by the transitive property of spiritual possession, the internet is a gift from god.

You so beat me to that comment.

Lol Grinning Cat :)
So instead of just magically making computers and the internet appear, god made the geniuses who invented the internet? Seems like a roundabout way of doing things.

Yup... and it was supposed to be a surprise, too. Not a word about computers and the internet in the bible!

If the man had any sense, he'd become an AN-member.

No, he needn't become AN member, he will help add thousands.

Everytime this watered down,version of the pedophile motherfuckers opens his mouth.......I learn to distrust him more and more.......he is just another puppet........another yes man.......another the church must go on no matter what it takes.........fuck him and fuck the church!

Sounds like you'd apply Tim Minchin's "The Pope Song" to Pope Francis as well!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTIorwtJbhE (extremely NSFW)

My hero.......Tim Minchin rocks like a mother fucker! Anyone that takes offense to my swearing I have an excuse.......ptsd and sniffing diesel fumes from trucks.......not to mention Tim Minchin is my father.........LOL!Thanks Grinning cat.......you made my day!

The more I listen to Francis / Jorge, the more I become convinced that he's either lived a sheltered life (probably true), or that he suffers from what could be a terminal case of naivete (possibly equally true).  Even a brief tour through YouTube would enlighten him to the state of religion on the world's biggest agora and perhaps alert him to the fact that his precious catholicism along with virtually all other religions is being scrutinized, analyzed and dismantled by people who are tired of the manipulation and mendacity represented by those specious faiths and intent on doing something affirmative about it.

If Francis wants to indulge in the internet, he is certainly welcome.  He is also in for the mother of all wake-up calls.

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