The Pardu

The Pardu
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pope Francis: A Breathe Of Fresh Air Even For The Non-religious


I am not much on organized religion. I am a believer in a higher spirit that guides our lives (good and bad), but I do not care for the commonly accepted labels passed through recorded humanity. The Bible seems to be written by men, without any trace of the written word from the literal hand of Jesus Christ.

Organized religion, I am sure, has provided spiritual wonders for millions across the globe through humanity. In fact, there is heavy influence in my family. I was raised in the church. Yet , organized religion has tip of the iceberg manifestations that bother me to the core. From child molesting priest through Protestant and non-denominational mega-preachers who live opulent lives in part from cameras rolling in congregation halls thorough the week.  Cameras that roll at peak operation with each passing Sunday, with the remainder of the week tallying up the "givings."

Before I go on, allow me to unequivocally state the majority of MEN (based in male oriented dogma and discrimination against women of the Cloth), and Women, of religion are not charlatans or "deliver-the-word" opportunist. It is like life, the examples of 'ugly" seem to draw more attentions, at least for me.

I have found myself particularly fond of Pope Francis. He seems to be of the common people, and he has not allowed his ascension to the Vatican to entrap him in the elitist trappings of the Catholic religious hierarchy as some who preceded Francis.  

Francis is a breath of fresh air as I consider past Catholic Church leadership. As a symbolic leader of international Christianity, I find reading of Francis moves into deep recessions of my mind thoughts church discrimination discrimination against women, church indifference to slavery, tacit support for all things capitalist and "all things elitist."

The Raw Story has made a piece available that draws a smile from one who rarely if ever smiles as I read, see or hear about religion. In fact, religion is the United States is becoming an aversion as the Conservative Right has wrapped its social deficiencies in the name of Christianity. Rarely, does a day pass when I am not bombarded with right-wing religious quackery infringing on people who do not wish to have the dogma smeared across their lives. Even, with true believers, what we are seeing day-to-day has to be a major turn-off and manifestation that warrant close scrutiny and deep caution.

One last point. I was listening to NPR in late December 2013 and heard something very intriguing about Pope Francis. I heard a nun speak about her affinity for the Pope and one outstanding point about the man: "He is the first Pope from a nation colonized by nations that colonized the world." 

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics to shreds in new policy statement (via Raw Story )
In case there was any doubt left, Pope Francis made it clear that he shares little in common with U.S. conservatives. The pontiff released his Evangelii Gadium, or Joy of the Gospel, attacking capitalism as a form of tyranny and calling on church and…

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