…… and already the conspiracy theories abound. A new Pope was chosen by God (and 2/3 majority vote) yesterday. He is Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio and has taken the name Francis I.
I guess it shouldn’t bother me so much considering I haven’t been to Mass in a few years but honestly, it does. It certainly doesn’t surprise me that all of the Catholic-haters are crawling out of the woodwork, ready to pounce on this guy. I suppose that’s partly an example of the anti-Christian mentality prevalent in today’s society. But that’s my own conspiracy theory. Out of the theories I’ve heard so far, my personal favorite is that he’s a Nazi war criminal that fled to Argentina after the war like Eichmann or the Odessa File. (Great flick) Nevermind the fact that it would only make him 8 years old by the war’s end….. we mustn’t let facts get in the way of our prejudices……. or our stupidity apparently.
“Stick ’em up, Your Holiness….”
Anyway, the theories, stories and wild tales of this new Pope will continue as they did the one before this one and the one before that and so on. It’s nothing new under the sun, so why get all bothered about it? Because when we tolerate the tearing down of our religious leaders with the same nonchalance that we tolerate the tearing down of our political leaders, it’s our collective faith as Christians that suffers most. We should always defend the faith and the faithful to believers and non-believers alike and to not be fooled or daunted by their lies. Whether you’re a Catholic, a Baptist, a Jew, a Wiccan or an atheist, maybe this guy can bring you a little enlightenment and give you the courage you need to take your first steps into a larger world. Try to keep that in mind before you judge him.