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Why is the Pope so Popular?
Relevant Magazine ^ | 6/13/13 | Chris Nye

Posted on 06/14/2013 6:42:52 AM PDT by marshmallow

The secret of success that has brought Pope Francis into good graces with evangelicals.

Last Friday morning, the newly elected pope met with Jesuit students of all ages. In a brief Q&A session, a little girl asked Francis if he wanted to be the pope. He made a few jokes before getting serious and flatly saying, “I didn’t want to be pope.”

Ever since his election, Pope Francis has taken a series of actions that seem to be very, well, un-popelike: He used public transportation as a cardinal, he lives in smaller quarters than he could and he asked for a blessing before giving a blessing to the crowd which gathered in St. Peter’s square on the day of his election.

What is stranger than Pope Francis’ actions has been evangelicals’ reactions. Never before has a pope become so widely accepted by Protestants and evangelicals. In a recent Op-Ed for Christianity Today, Timothy George called the new pope, “Our Francis, Too.”

The pope is popular with evangelicals not because he’s doing what they already do, but rather because he is doing what they are not doing but wish to begin doing.

As you look at the stories surrounding the new pope, it’s very difficult to dislike him. Through his actions and his profound, visible humility, Pope Francis has demonstrated a Christ-like character, not only Christ-like rhetoric. And this has brought him respect across the spectrum of Christianity.

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1 posted on 06/14/2013 6:42:53 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

The secret of success that has brought Pope Francis into good graces with evangelicals.


Every egangical I know thinks this pope has gone seriously off the reservation. They were not fans of popes or the concept in the first place, but this guy has made so many quantifiably whacky statements in such a short time that those that take Christianity and the bible seriously (and are not Catholic) have some very foundational problems with what this guy espouses.

I think the Unitarian church members really like him, though.


2 posted on 06/14/2013 6:59:12 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: marshmallow

I would like to posit my own view. I think evangelicals particularly value people who act out of their convictions - out of their faith and are able to convey, in a personal way, how it works, what God has done for them and how they should respond because of it. This Pope is particularly good at that. His faith seems enlivened by knowing Christ not muted by being “religious”.

God is a continuing revelation of goodness, mercy and wonder - He seems to get this and it is thoroughly seen in his response - love for others.

As to the author thinking that they admire what that don’t do - (”because he is doing what they are not doing but wish to begin doing”) - well what a weighty judgement that is to pass on millions of unknown brethren.


3 posted on 06/14/2013 6:59:52 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: marshmallow

I don’t see that this pope is any more popular with evangelicals than the last two. And “Christianity Today” is last place you’d go to pick up on the pulse of evangelical opinion.


4 posted on 06/14/2013 7:04:40 AM PDT by circlecity
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What is stranger than Pope Francis’ actions has been evangelicals’ reactions. Never before has a pope become so widely accepted by Protestants and evangelicals. In a recent Op-Ed for Christianity Today, Timothy George called the new pope, “Our Francis, Too.” The pope is popular with evangelicals not because he’s doing what they already do, but rather because he is doing what they are not doing but wish to begin doing.

You just keep telling yourself that, if it helps you sleep better at night.

5 posted on 06/14/2013 7:09:57 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: cuban leaf
Every egangical I know

Nuff said.

6 posted on 06/14/2013 7:11:06 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: cuban leaf

I have not studied this guy but there dos seem to be a theme developing out there. Does he seem to be doubting capitalism and free enterprise? If so, he is leading people astray. Capitalism and free enterprise have alleviated poverty, not the other way around. A background as a Catholic priest in Argentina may not be a very good frame of reference to gain insights from.


7 posted on 06/14/2013 7:11:35 AM PDT by Sam Clements
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To: A.A. Cunningham

egangical = evangelical.

Sorry. ;-)


8 posted on 06/14/2013 7:12:20 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Sam Clements

I have not studied this guy but there dos seem to be a theme developing out there.


I’ve just taken his comments one at a time. Some were so contrary to the message of the bible that I assumed they were someone missquoting him or incorrectly paraphrasing, but that was not the case.

The pope is for catholics, just as the head of any religious organization is leader of that particular organization. The only difference is that the pope’s religion gives him a unique divine authority that Christianity rejects.


9 posted on 06/14/2013 7:15:10 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: melsec
Never knew you were an Aussie until I saw your tag line. Know it well. Lived in Perth for four years and was sorry to leave. One of my children was born there.

Always appreciate your balanced, sane insights......:-)

10 posted on 06/14/2013 7:15:17 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: cuban leaf
They were not fans of popes or the concept in the first place, but this guy has made so many quantifiably whacky statements in such a short time that those that take Christianity and the bible seriously (and are not Catholic) have some very foundational problems with what this guy espouses.

Although technically not a babyboomer, Francis is the first of his kind to reach the top level of the church hierarchy.

He is the embodiment of the "Spirit of 60s" Vatican 2 religiosity.

For now, and perhaps the next 1-2 popes are going to be just like like him.

This is the hour that the "Church of Nice" reaches its pinnacle

11 posted on 06/14/2013 7:15:35 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: marshmallow
The pope is popular with evangelicals not because he’s doing what they already do, but rather because he is doing what they are not doing but wish to begin doing.

The person who wrote this is completely DELUDED.

12 posted on 06/14/2013 7:20:06 AM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: cuban leaf
I’ve just taken his comments one at a time.

Have you read what he actually said or do you take things through a DLEMM filter?

13 posted on 06/14/2013 7:25:03 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Lera

My theory is that it has something to do with the secret sauce in Catholicism!


14 posted on 06/14/2013 7:25:52 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Have you read what he actually said or do you take things through a DLEMM filter?


I’ve read what he actually said. That was what I was clearly communicating in my post when I said, “Some were so contrary to the message of the bible that I assumed they were someone missquoting him or incorrectly paraphrasing, but that was not the case.” In the post you partially quoted.


15 posted on 06/14/2013 7:28:07 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: marshmallow

**“Our Francis, Too.”**

What do the evangelicals here on FR say?


16 posted on 06/14/2013 7:35:51 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: cuban leaf; A.A. Cunningham

AAC, you forgot that cuban leaf both speaks Italian fluently and has absolutely no agenda.


17 posted on 06/14/2013 7:36:47 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: cuban leaf

What sort of things has he said that makes evangelicals think he’s off the reservation?


18 posted on 06/14/2013 7:43:00 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: cuban leaf

-— this guy has made so many quantifiably whacky statements in such a short time ——

Just make sure that you’re judging the stuff between quotation marks, and not the paraphrasing.

For some reason, Protestants, who are generally skeptical of the media, become very credulous regarding media reports of papal statements.


19 posted on 06/14/2013 7:49:13 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: circlecity

“I don’t see that this pope is any more popular with evangelicals than the last two”

John Paul I was only pope for one month. Not enough time to be popular.


20 posted on 06/14/2013 7:50:18 AM PDT by jimmyo57
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