Some dear Catholic Friends of mine were discussing this with me.
They LOVE Pope Francis...BUT they did not like Pope Benedict. When I asked them why not, they replied that Pope Benedict was “too strict”.
I offered the possibility, that sometimes children need to be disciplined, if the parents truly love them, and the correction is followed by loving affirmation. I suggested that perhaps Pope Benedict was the “spanking” and Pope Francis is the “Hug” that comes after.
Just a thought...
Hmmm, I think that Pope Francis is going to be even stricter but in a truly loving way. I think that he will call all Catholics to live their vocation, truly and genuinely but especially priests. I understand their perception, St. Francis is known as a very kind person who loved all of God’s creation and he took his name. St. Francis also embraced poverty.
Pope Benedict had the reputation of being God’s Rotweiller so the perception was that he was tough and mean, maybe even dangerous. I didn’t see his papacy that way at all.