If we do choose to praise Pope Francis, we shouldn't see this as a divergence from his previous comments, because much of Pope Francis' teachings preach inclusion for those on the margins, whether the poor, or uneducated, and now the sexually marginalized.
We will watch closely as this milestone papacy unfolds, but I am optimistic that Francis will champion the need for access to education that prepares ethical leaders.
Ultimately, experts say that social media will be an important tool that Pope Francis and the Catholic Church could use to
Brighter Light, cameras and action! "Jesus, Mary and Joseph" are on the altar of sacrifice and the world stage with Pope Francis. At the Vatican, the new pope will walk fervently in his simple shoes and enter humbly into the most mystical drama on earth, The Holy Mass.
When the new pope supports the freedom and equality of all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and when he shows the world that he has the courage to expose and prosecute every child-raping priest in the Catholic Church, I'll have some respect for him.
Pope Francis reportedly told the man, "Relax. There is no problem." In a message to HuffPost, Author Chris Lowney and Jennon
Underlying all the media focus on the cardinals' selection of a new pope, and the predictable focus on personality over meaning, was a much greater struggle between tradition and reform, conservatism and progress. That struggle mirrors politics in America and most western democracies.
Pope Francis refused to sit on the throne, preferring to stand with his flock. He will walk and lead with a new style of simplicity following the footsteps of his first love, Jesus Christ.
Fox News beat both MSNBC and CNN in total viewers in both hours. From 2-3 p.m., Fox News brought in 1,901,000 total viewers and 391,000 viewers in the key 25-54 age demographic. CNN followed, bringing in 1,188,000 total viewers and 325,000 viewers in the key demographic. MSNBC trailed with 461,000 total viewers, and 108,000 total viewers in the demo.
HuffPost/YouGov also conducted a poll prior to Francis' election that asked about U.S. Catholics' approval of Benedict. In