Pope Francis has been the Pope the head of the Catholic Church for nearly five months now. Being appointed on the 13/3/2013 to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. Although I personally feel that the Catholic Church is in need of major reforms I would concede that so far the positives outnumber the negatives in his papacy.

The one dark spot regarding his life has been his relationship towards the Argentine military junta of the 1970,s and 1980,s. However the Argentine Permanent Assembly of Human Rights have stated that there has been no link proven between Pope Francis and the Argentine military junta of the time. So obviously Pope Francis must be considered not guilty of any links to the Junta.

He has made a few encouraging speeches attacking global capitalism excesses. Also he has also called for a greater role for women in the church. He has also called for improved relationships with other Christian churches.

The leading liberation theologian Leonardo Boff has stated the he feels that Pope Francis does have some sympathy for liberation theology. However the former catholic priest Matthew Fox feels that Pope Francis is hostile to liberation theology. So clearly there are different points of views relating towards this subject.

However so far the new Pope has made an encouraging start. However he needs to build on this by allowing married priests in the church, women priests or deacons. Also drop the churches opposition to artificial birth control. Finally the church should help develop an alternative economic system to capitalism and distance itself from the rich and powerful.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.


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