I have to say I profoundly disagree with this piece, but it's worth a read.  And he gets it wrong when he claims the pope is not homophobic: he carried out an anti gay campaign in Argentina, which recently was the first country in Latin America to approve gay marriage, but these things are swept under the rug when other more pressing issues come to the front.  He's better than the previous pope, who was the leader of an international conspiracy to silence victims and protect predators ... but then that's not a lot to expect from someone ...

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Comment by Daniel W on September 22, 2013 at 5:34pm

Hiram, thanks for posting.  I don't know what to say about how I feel regarding this pope.  The last one was great, as a lightning rod for anticatholic criticism.  This one seems more like a teddy bear.  At least as to how he's presenting himself.

Who decides who is a "leading Atheist"?

Derod, I think you are right.  I keep thinking the catholic church has a marketing department, and they are running the show now. 

Even if this pope signals a new direction for the catholic church, there is still the issue of (a) a thousand years of abuse, war, conflict, harassment, and oppression of catholics and noncatholics, and (b), there is no god, Jesus was at most a repackaged and remarketed local figure, not the son of a nonexistent god. 

Still, if people look at the new pope and think "Oh, how cuddly!", maybe they wont revile the greed and abuse of the catholic church and its leaders and minions.  Good marketing move.

Comment by Derod Gregory Broady on September 20, 2013 at 9:42am

In my personal view I think that pope francis is on a press offensive. He is saying all the right stuff to try to build the catholic church. At the end of the day the pope is a politician point blank. He has to please his base for various reasons. He has a past that is in direct contradiction with the positions that he presently takes today. I think that for the catholic church I agree he is a step in the right direction. He is a hell of alot better than Benedict. Now if the pope did something radicla like ordain women or allow preist to marry than he in my view would be a different pope. But as of now its all a big public reltions campaign to win people over and get you hooked.


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