Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Breath of Fresh Air

So far, I am really liking Pope Francis. I think he will go far in renewing the Catholic Church. He's planning to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at a youth jail and will set (another) precedent by washing the feet of the young prisoners.

And read his very frank discussion about the challenges of celibacy. We haven't heard this before. But it's about time we did hear it.

The pope broke tradition and allowed a guide dog into his meeting with the world media--and asked to meet Asia and his owner, an Argentinian journalist. Asia even got a special blessing from the pope. St. Francis of Assisi, the pope's namesake and the patron saint of animals, would approve.

Pope Francis, I suspect, will be full of surprises for the Church. Good ones, for a change.