Pope Francis Earns His Name

Some of Pope Francis’s comments have caused some conservative Catholics to throw up their hands, even during the relatively short period he has been pope.  Francis has said nothing contrary to orthodoxy, but, say the critics, he sometimes expresses himself carelessly, in a way that might confuse the faithful, especially when his well-intentioned words are worked over by the secular anti-Catholic media.

Maybe there is some truth in this.  But there is also much to be thankful for in this pope.  Most recently, he caught the world’s attention, and gave public witness to the love of God, by his unhesitating embrace of a severely disfigured man at a general audience in St. Peter’s Square.  Said the man: “It was like being in paradise.  I felt nothing but love.”  Here is the account in Zenit.


So say the pope has exasperated some Catholics.  The pope is a father (the title means “father”), and fathers, even the very best ones, sometimes exasperate even their most affectionate children.  In any case, it may well be that Francis did more for the faith, gave a clearer view of its meaning, by embracing that disfigured man than by any words he could have used.

We might even say that by that beautiful act he earned the name he has chosen: Francis.  He took it to honor Saint Francis of Assisi, who famously embraced and kissed the leper.  And if God called Saint Francis to “rebuild my Church,” we may pray that he will use Pope Francis for the same purpose.



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  • http://Pansy pansy harris

    “They” even critisized our Savior, Jesus Christ, so could we expect any less for Pope Francis who tries to follow our Lord’s example. I think his great love for all God’s people will endear him to the whole world and I pray that the Holy Spirit is always with him, and those who criticise him. I also believe he will be instrumental in inspiring a whole new generation of Holy, young religious and will be a strong force for the New Evangelization

  • Nancy Waldren

    Pope Francis is a welcomed breath of fresh air !

  • Tracy M. Hargett

    As soon as I found out that the new Pope was pro-life, that’s really all I needed to hear. I am not exactly used to his approach to things, but he is the Pope – he can do things the way he wants, within reason, of course. So far he has been “within reason.” I think this pope has more of a chance to win converts than most of the other popes we have seen in the past. This can be a good thing; converts are ALWAYS a good thing.

  • Joanne Geibel

    Pope Francis certainly can’t be held responsible for how the secular media twists his words. It is up to us, the faithful, to council those who believe what the secular media says in what our Holy Father really said.

  • Diane

    I totally believe this dear man was very much sent by God to soften the hearts of all Christians. His love for mankind can tear down barriors.

  • Bonnie

    Nowadays people criticize everyone and show little respect or admiration for anyone. Two commandments
    “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

    • Paul Danielczyk

      With all of the work Popes John Paul and Benedict had done to bring some order and doctrine back to the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has unraveled their acts with some very poor choice of words. Pope Benedict is now portrayed as backward and medieval thinking! Very sad! I miss him dearly!



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