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Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio Named the New Pope


Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen as the new pope.

He will be called Francis.

USA Today:

Couldn't prevent Argentina from becoming the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage or stop its president, Cristina Fernandez, from promoting free contraception and artificial insemination. When Bergoglio argued that gay adoptions discriminate against children, Fernandez compared his tone to "medieval times and the Inquisition."

Bergoglio called gay marriage "the destructive attempt to end God's plan."

Bergoglio began “I write these lines to each of you who are in the four monasteries of Buenos Aires. The people of Argentina will face in the coming weeks, a situation whose outcome may seriously injure the family. This is the bill on marriage for same sex. “

Then he added, “At stake are the lives of many children who are discriminated against in advance by depriving them of human growth that God wanted to given with a father and a mother. At stake is a total rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts as well”.

The Archbishop stated flatly “we are not naive: it is not just a political struggle is a destructive attempt to God’s plan. It is not just a bill (this is only the instrument) but a ‘move’ from the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick on election of New Pope:

"For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform. In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times. In Pope Benedict's short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely. This, in spite of the fact, that the Catholic hierarchy had been in collusion to cover up the widespread abuse of children within its care. We hope this Pope will trade in his red shoes for a pair of sandals and spend a lot less time condemning and a lot more time foot-washing."


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  1. born and raised there

    father Italian, wiki has no mention on mother's ethnicity

    Most likely not 1 drop of Latino blood

    against gay marriage

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 13, 2013 3:23:57 PM

  2. And the worst part is that he is not even by far the worst possible option.

    The fact he is against gay marriage doens't mean anything because all cardinals are against gay marriage

    Posted by: jjose712 | Mar 13, 2013 3:27:24 PM

  3. true JJose712

    supposedly he is big time into the social justice / help for the poor aspect so a good thing

    posted in other thread he proves the st malachy prophecy wrong

    this the last pope pre anti-christ was supposed to take the forbidden name of Peter but he took Francis so Malachy prophecy proven wrong

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 13, 2013 3:31:22 PM

  4. I wonder if he is a top or bottom?

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 13, 2013 3:31:27 PM

  5. Another medieval Neanderthal. It is God's plan to destroy the Church.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 13, 2013 3:32:14 PM

  6. A old decrepit man for a decrepit church....the whole thing is such a farce. And they still chose a white man...

    Posted by: pedro | Mar 13, 2013 3:33:04 PM

  7. I'll probably be endlessly flamed for this, but he's among the least bad choices. He's a Jesuit and he's chosen the name Francis. Both of those signal an interest in social justice and the poor. The new Pope was never going to be pro-gay, or pro-choice, or any of those things. He would not have been appointed a Cardinal if he held those views.

    We could have had a Pope more centrally concerned with matters of sex and with taking the Church in an even more traditional and much more virulently homophobic direction (like Turkson, or even the North Americans). It doesn't appear that has happened. And, frankly, that's a relief considering he influences so much of the behavior of billions of people worldwide.

    I'm taking a wait-and-see approach for now.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 13, 2013 3:34:23 PM

  8. 10 points each to SIMON and PEDRO.

    Posted by: David R | Mar 13, 2013 3:34:29 PM

  9. Another old out-of-touch homophobic right-winger who preaches that gays & lesbians are evil while his club is ridden with pedophiles in dresses. Hmmm... now who is really harming society and children?

    Posted by: Janice | Mar 13, 2013 3:35:02 PM

  10. exactly pedro

    see see , he is from argentina to all you the majority of the church = latinos

    wink wink nudge nudge but still white and heritage is european as it has always been

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 13, 2013 3:35:03 PM

  11. Is "gay marriage" the only thing some people care about? Is it your be-all/end-all? Is there anything else? How about things like famine, homelessness and poverty? But I suppose those issues are not as glitzy and self-indulgent as who gets to exchange rings with who all in the name of social validation. There are a thousand and one other issues to be passionate about, and to look to world leaders for guidance about, than who care marry who.

    That said, I'm sure Bergoglio will make a fine pope and I hope people don't spend his entire reign scrutinizing him about his stance gay marriage. There are so many other, more worthy, topics for him to address.

    Posted by: LCR Jay | Mar 13, 2013 3:39:13 PM

  12. I like his positions. Perfect for a Pope. Let the bitches moan.

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 13, 2013 3:39:20 PM

  13. I agree with Thomas. A crazy reactionary cult has chosen a crazy reactionary leader...but it's one of the better crazy reactionaries they could have chosen.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Mar 13, 2013 3:39:33 PM

  14. Can we do a recount?

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 13, 2013 3:39:56 PM

  15. The new most famous homosexual in the world (probably).

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 13, 2013 3:43:35 PM

  16. "The Archbishop stated flatly “we are not naive: it is not just a political struggle... It is not just a bill (this is only the instrument) but a ‘move’ from the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”"

    Yes, Francis. You are naive. Marriage of same sex couples is about love. It is not an evil tool of Satan.

    Posted by: john patrick | Mar 13, 2013 3:43:54 PM

  17. his positions on gay related issues are no surprise - they're mandatory for a cardinal.
    BUT - his chosen name of Francis - and the fact that he's a Jesuit - communicate a very surprising turn of events for the Catholic church.

    The majority of current cardinals have been appointed by the past two (very, very) conservative Popes. I think most people expected another cut from the same cloth.
    This man seems different.

    Posted by: dw | Mar 13, 2013 3:44:29 PM

  18. Out on the balcony of the world's biggest closet.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 13, 2013 3:44:35 PM

  19. With most of these cardinal appointed by the last two nut jobs, this is probably as good as it gets. A quick check with a couple catholic friends, who told me "it could have been worse."

    Posted by: melvin | Mar 13, 2013 3:44:38 PM

  20. Very interesting. We'll see what happens. It is clear the Catholic Church needs to change a lot. But when very conservative men choose a new pope of course they choose a conservative man. But the first one from Latin America, but still white.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 13, 2013 3:44:40 PM

  21. Viva il Papa!

    Posted by: gma | Mar 13, 2013 3:46:48 PM

  22. As USA Today reports he didn't even have enough influence to win the GM battle or contraception battle. Considering all the recent upheaval in the church I hope the old ignorant dog get the sh*t kicked out of him. Hopefully anyone listing to his 'inquisition tone' will be RUNNING from the church and into the realm of human reality.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Mar 13, 2013 3:48:22 PM

  23. hmmmm; a Jesuit and called Francis.....
    anything could happen and be rationalised by a Jesuit !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 13, 2013 3:50:46 PM

  24. "Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss"

    Pete Townsend

    Posted by: dbaudit | Mar 13, 2013 3:50:53 PM

  25. @LCR What a silly thing to say! They do "good stuff" so we should ignore all the bad stuff? This isn't about getting to have a glitzy wedding! LCR you are either not gay or a traitor.

    Posted by: Chrisme | Mar 13, 2013 3:54:24 PM

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