As he celebrates his first Christmas Eve mass from the Vatican, His Holiness, Pope Francis, is enjoying an 88% approval rating among U.S. Catholics. Could his unorthodox ways be part of the reason?
It's easy to call Pope Francis the frugal pope. After coming to the papacy in March 2013 he quickly moved to change the image of the Catholic Church. Gone were the fancy red shoes (that may not have been Prada after all!) and fancy cars. He chose the name Francis for Saint Francis of Assisi, who worked on behalf of the poor.
Pope Francis has taken several opportunities to revamp the image of the pope:
— Fabio M. Ragona (@FabioMRagona) August 29, 2013
(take that Raphael)
But, it's his statements about homosexuality, contraception, abortion and equality that have raised eyebrows and attention from Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
“When it comes to social issues, it is one thing to have a meeting to study the problem of drugs in a slum neighborhood and quite another thing to go there, live there and understand the problem from the inside and study it. There is a brilliant letter by Father Arrupe to the Centers for Social Research and Action on poverty, in which he says clearly that one cannot speak of poverty if one does not experience poverty, with a direct connection to the places in which there is poverty."
"The thinking of the Church must recover genius and better understand how human beings understand themselves today, in order to develop and deepen the church’s teaching.”