Properly understanding Pope Francis (a populist)

  • Article by: CHUCK CHALBERG
  • Updated: October 2, 2013 - 3:10 PM

Indeed, he is an agent of change, but liberals misunderstand his message, which is rather like the philosophy of G.K. Chesterton.

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stmlink4930Oct. 1, 13 6:58 PM

He is stating we should all transcend the liberal/conservative paradigms we tend to follow and have the courage to look above and then within ourselves to how we improve humanity!

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pumiceOct. 1, 13 7:08 PM

How is it possible to misunderstand Pope Francis when he says, "I think of how many, and not just young people, are unemployed, many times due to a purely economic conception of society, which seeks selfish profit, beyond the parameters of social justice. I wish to extend an invitation to solidarity to everyone, and I would like to encourage those in public office to make every effort to give new impetus to employment."

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vlombardyOct. 1, 13 7:36 PM

Chesterton spoke of the importance of the common man, and of the common good. Neither of these are important in the minds of the plutocrats who have kidnapped our country.

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codger1016Oct. 1, 1311:53 PM

Pope Francis says "I am a sinner." It is important that everyone realizes this. We are all sinners. Then, we need to remember Jesus' words, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." We need to realize that we should not be so judgmental, as so many in the church hierarchy, and so many self-righteous politicians, have become.

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owatonnabillOct. 2, 13 6:16 AM

An interesting article. However articles such as this tend to complicate rather than simplify. Pope Francis, or rather the philosophy of Pope Francis, is not complicated: rather than being dogmatic, he is pastoral. The dogmatic approach gives the world Tomas de Torquemada and the Borgia Popes. The pastoral approach gives us Mother Theresa and John Paul VI. Francis will not make any sweeping dogmatic changes in Church doctrine, not just because he can't but because one gets the feeling that he just does not care all that much about it. But he WILL reach out to people on an individual basis, and in the end that is what being a good pastor is really all about.

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hanson64Oct. 2, 13 8:59 AM

While I thoroughly oppose widespread abortion it would be nice not to have it hit us in the face every moment of the day to make us feel even more guilty about something we alone cannot stop.

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Tuy1929Oct. 2, 13 9:30 AM

Thanks to the StarTribune for this article. The author’s focus on Pope Francis’ comments about abortion, contraception and gay marriage are especially noteworthy. Trying to paraphrase this; this pope is not condoning any of that nor is he no longer calling it sinful, he is making the point that these transgressions are not that much different than all of the sins or missteps being committed by devout Catholics in the pews on other levels. Therefore, it is not a good practice for the Church or for Catholics to beat down those in those arenas but to simply be forgiving and still ask them to partake in the blessings and promises God extends to all sinners, including unbelievers, believers who attend church, and believers who do not attend church. As pope Francis said “Who am I to judge?” On that one remark he is spot on and most welcome.

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bannedmuggsOct. 2, 1310:44 AM

Refreshing article - thanks.

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openconceptOct. 2, 1311:55 AM

I always find it ironic when people point out that church hierarchy, self-righteous politicians and Christians should not judge....but then have no qualms turning around and judging those same groups.

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pumiceOct. 2, 13 1:00 PM

TAKE TWO Re: "The pastoral approach gives us Mother Theresa and John Paul VI." John Paul VI???

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