Friday, March 15, 2013

Joan Chittister on Francis

Sr. Joan Chittister, a Benedictine speaker and author, should have been among the 115 or so Christian leaders electing the pope this past week.

She should, in fact, have been considered papabile.

Her comments on the selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio exactly reflect my reaction on March 13 when the choice was revealed.

She describes the weariness of Christians with the exclusion of women, married priests, gays, and others.  She notes our lack of hope that whomever was chosen would be any different.

Then she records the hope she felt when the new Pope Francis came out wearing a simple white cassock and asked the people to pray for him before he blessed them.

We don't yet know if that hope is misplaced, but for the moment, for one billion Catholics and another billion Christians of other stripes, there is hope.

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