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Even Atheists Love Pope Francis~
March 20, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Why even atheists love Pope Francis

Even now, he prefers the bus

Never mind all the guff: it is a rare thing indeed for atheists and agnostics to be genuinely impressed and inspired by religious leaders. Speaking personally – as a man who is but two drinks short of atheism – although I try to view such leaders with respect, the reasons informing my lack of faith temper the depth of my admiration.

Traditionally, only the Dalai Lama, with his peculiar brand of cuddles, giggles and Gucci, has attracted such widespread acclaim. However, in the brief time since his selection, Pope Francis has attracted a remarkable level of affection from both the faithful and the faithless. Attacks from the Guardian and others have largely failed to stick; instead, the Pope has received a remarkable amount of accolades from a wide variety of sources.

It is all relative, of course. Francis's position on the Falklands has seriously irritated Britons – as the possible inauguration snub by our Royals and officials indicated – and campaigners for gay rights remain sceptical. But on the whole, in a short period of time he has become unusually well regarded, especially given the general unpopularity of the Catholic Church.

The reason is simple. This is a man who pays his own hotel bills, travels by bus and jeep, wades out into the crowds unguarded, and makes his own telephone calls. (Yesterday, he telephoned the main number of a Jesuit residence in Rome. The receptionist, upon hearing the identity of the caller, responded "yeah, and I'm Napoleon".) This might seem like no great shakes, but given the luxury normally showered upon his office, it takes guts.

In other words, whatever one may think of his views, the Pope has genuine humility. This is such an unusual quality these days that it is like a beacon, outshining our reservations about him. Indeed, the term "Jesuit", formerly associated with tyrannical school regimes and sadism in the public imagination, has started to be rehabilitated.

False humility can be spotted a mile off, of course, and we are all used to doing that. But Pope Francis has proved that authentic humility can be just as immediately visible. This most straightforward of qualities has been absent from public life for so long that we have almost forgotten it were possible. If our politicians had a bit of this to offer, the world would be a very different place.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jakewallissimons/100207974/why-even-atheists-love-pope-francis/

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  • Denisethedaring
    March 20, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    As an agnostic married to an atheist, I have to say that I think most of us don't really care one way or the other about who is elected/appointed Grand Pumbah of any particular religion.  For example, I constantly forget about this current event unless a reminder is planted firmly in front of my face (like a post on a site I frequent about it :) ).  My husband hasn't even mentioned it once, and we always talk about the daily news on our weekday commute home together.

  • Sekirei
    by Sekirei
    March 20, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Sorry, same ratzinger views... just in a shiney new package. (well, newer) I would be surprised if atheists actually gave a Hel about the pope anyway


  • pagancuriosity
    March 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    This particular atheist and her atheist husband aren't all that impressed...his views on homosexuals and their rights is medieval. While his pet cause-the poor-I would be more impressed if instead of just praying for them, from what I read, he stopped short of supporting anything that could actually help them. Oh, and that whole miltary dictatorship and turning fellow Jesuits in doesn't really sparkle for me either

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    March 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

     I'm not an Atheist---I believe in God . I am happy for Catholics but I am not impressed.

  • blondekosmic15
    March 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

     

    Quoting Denisethedaring:

    As an agnostic married to an atheist, I have to say that I think most of us don't really care one way or the other about who is elected/appointed Grand Pumbah of any particular religion.  For example, I constantly forget about this current event unless a reminder is planted firmly in front of my face (like a post on a site I frequent about it :) ).  My husband hasn't even mentioned it once, and we always talk about the daily news on our weekday commute home together.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Many yrs ago I didn't practice my Catholic faith. Anticipation & election of the new Pope was not important to me. I returned to the Catholic Church in 1978. The process is very exciting for me now~

  • LavenderMom23
    March 20, 2013 at 8:23 PM
    I doubt atheists are impressed bc Pope Francis is already quoted saying if you don't have a good prayer life, you worship the Devil. Don't know any praying atheists.
  • jessilin0113
    March 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM
    Medieval views to match the last guy, but he does take the bus...

    Meh. Don't actually care.
  • greenie63
    March 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Not all of us love the pope. 

  • thatgirl70
    March 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Nope, can't count myself as one of them, sorry. But glad the previous one is gone.

  • 12hellokitty
    March 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM



    Quoting Sekirei:

    Sorry, same ratzinger views... just in a shiney new package. (well, newer) I would be surprised if atheists actually gave a Hel about the pope anyway



    Actually Benedict's vast knowledge and understanding of science converted many Atheists.  

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