Proof Pope Francis should have been a Mother

Pope Francis is my hero. For years. Catholicism ruled much of Ireland and there are those who believe it still does.  Ar least, 80% of Irish schools are still Catholic and even with history dug up from the Magalene laundries .. to priest pedophiles ..  to the power the church had to take children away from single mothers and fathers .. Catholicism still thrives today. In fact, according to the viewpoints and actions of Pope Francis,  the church has more responsibility than just making an atonement for her sins.  Although he is making it his life’s work to shake up the Catholic church and set things right,  that isn’t why this man is my hero.popefrancis Pope Francis should have been a mother.
The idea occurred to me this morning when I was worrying about one of my daughters. No matter how old they get, no matter how accomplished or intelligent and even when they are with the right man I will still worry about them because that is what mothers do. I wonder if  that is how Pope Francis feels about the Poor?. He has given up his Papal apartment in the Vatican in favor of a small efficiency, takes the bus instead of being driven around in an expensive automobile and expects his bishops and cardinals to live much more frugally. Coming form a Jesuit background, he has ideas that appear to be quite radical by previous Catholic standards.My favorite story about Pope Francis happened recently in Rome. He invited a  poor man to dinner at the Vatican. When the man declined, saying he felt unworthy and had not bathed, Pope Francis had an idea. A fantastically brilliant idea! He built several public showers inside St. Peter’s Square for the poor and he has other ideas too like asking students of a local hairdresser to give free haircuts to the poor. He’s also given 100 sleeping bags to people sleeping on the streets. A local Roman charity publishes a handbook on where to eat, sleep, and wash, written in several languages.

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I remember reading an Irish novel, Angela’s Ashes, a memoir by Frank McCourt. Growing up Ireland, Frank relays why he didn’t finish school. In order to go to secondary school,(the Irish version of High school) a boy or girl had to be approved by the clergy.It was totally in their power to approve or disapprove and poor Frank, not a favorite of the priests at the time,  wasn’t chosen to further his education. Ironically,  Frank would write a world famous memoir and 2 other books the first made into a movie,. He went to college in the U.S, (yes, without a HS diploma) and he became a teacher in NY City. He used to play the harmonica and tell stories of his youth to inner-city youths in the Bronx, an area no other teacher was fond of teaching in. Frank is my hero too.

What are your views of how Ireland has changed toward the church? Do you think it is possible for one man to make a difference when the Catholic church has committed so many wrongs throughout the centuries? Please leave a comment or share this post via social media.

3 thoughts on “Proof Pope Francis should have been a Mother

  1. Maria, thanks for your comment and I agree that it may be too late for the Catholic church to clean up its act especially if you one was personally wronged by the church. That being said, putting aside that Pope Francis is who he is and represents the church maybe as a simple human being he alone can make a difference to as many people as he so touches. We can only hope. It may not be on a global scale but its something right.

    • Dear Brighid,
      I went to Catholic schools straight up to my senior year in high school, and with my good education I later went to Cal State University, the University of California, in Berkeley, and I got a Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. I taught in a Title I school in Oakland until I retired in June 2014. If Maria does not know what a Title I school is, it is a school with free lunches in a poor area. I taught and loved teaching in black and Latino schools, and being bilingual, I was in demand. I read Frank McCourt’s book many years ago, but I think he also had fond memories of his Catholicism if I remember correctly.
      As far as the generalizations go about the Catholic Church being too late to clean up its act, I think that is a bit offensive. With my religious tenants, I came to Oakland, California with the love to teach all children.
      You also know about Irish history. In all times, it has also been Protestants who tried to destroy our culture. Is it all Protestants? Of course not! If Maria does not know of The Rock of Cashel, where General Cromwell burnt down our church killing 2,000 men, women and children or Vinegar Hill, where they massacred over 2,000 men, without giving them a chance, then she should read Irish history. There are many wonderful Protestants and Catholics and the Catholic religion has helped many of us. Generalizations are never good. If Maria is a Latina, she should read about The Irish Brigade who fought with the Mexicans when American officers, who were hateful of Catholics, would not allow the Irish to go to Catholic Churches of Mexicans. It was called the Saint Patrick’s Brigade and it is an eye opener.

  2. Hello Brighid,
    Well you certainly opened my eyes as to the work of Pope Francis. However, I think there’s much cleaning up to be done within the Vatican before his work can truly shine.
    I can’t comment on how Ireland has changed as I live on the other side of the world these days, but my suspicions are that change/example has come too late. Besides, if we have Pope Francis demonstrating what is absolutely right, whilst some of his clergy, one from Australia, are living the life of Riley within the Vatican, where is the hope?
    Fortunately there are many who have left the church who are able to make wonderful contributions to society and will continue to do so, outside the parameters of church constraints.

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