Pope Francis Rattles the Cages of the Church Establishment

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 23rd Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Pope Francis has used his position as the head of the Catholic church to push for many reforms, much to the delight of progressives, but to the chagrin of conservatives.

A man of the people

In his days as a Cardinal in Argentina, Pope Francis could have been chauffeured to work, but he preferred to ride the bus, which put him in daily contact with everyday people. He has continued that practice as pope. On his birthday last year, he went to church with four homeless people. This year, on his 78th birthday, December 17th, he topped that by donating 400 sleeping bags - replete with an imprinted papal coat of arms - to homeless people throughout Rome. Swiss Guard members and volunteers handed out the birthday gifts at local railway stations and next to a cemetery where the homeless congregate. "This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday," said the guards and volunteers as they distributed the sleeping bags.

Next on the pope's agenda: completing the construction of three public showers for the homeless just off St. Peter's Square.

His message to the Roman Curia

Traditionally, the pope's Christmas message to the Roman Curia, an annual gathering of the College of Cardinals, is a very pleasant end-of-the-year greeting and well-wishing message, but this pope is anything but a traditionalist. Instead of warm and fuzzy greetings, he used the occasion to make a scathing attack on the clerics who govern the Vatican. He criticized the Curia as a bureaucracy that has become sick with power, greed, political maneuvering and a complete lack of empathy. He labeled the members of the Curia's present state as having "spiritual Alzheimer's," saying they have "lost their memory of meeting the Lord" and "depend entirely on the present, on their passions, their whims and manias."

The pope listed fifteen grievous sins infecting those who run the Vatican. At the head of his list is his charge that they feel "immortal, immune, or indispensable," which "derives from a pathology of power" and an "existential schizophrenia" within which clerics are encased, living privileged "double lives" which serves to make them "lose touch with reality, with concrete people." He also castigated them for the malady of "chatter, murmur and gossip" and a "rigidity, toughness and arrogance" that he sees as "symptoms of fear and insecurity."

The Cardinals could be observed sitting absolutely stone faced as he gave his speech, which concluded with a reminder for them to be of good cheer and open to the goodness of humor. In essence he told them to lighten up, before telling them that reflecting on their failings would be "a nice step for all of us to prepare for Christmas."

The most progressive pope in history?

Pope Francis has won the hearts of progressives the world over, but he has right-wing Catholics apoplectic at the actions he has taken thus far in his relatively short tenure on the papal throne. Advocating for gay couples, he says "who am I to judge?" He has taken a strong stand for green energy solutions to climate change: "If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us."

He proclaims that "Paradise is open to all of God's creatures," - believers who are divorced, Muslims, Palestinians, even pets.

The pope was intimately involved in the negotiations between the United States and Cuba to normalize relations, as last year he hosted a secret meeting between Barack Obama and Raoul Castro in the Vatican.

Revisiting Pope Francis' horoscope

As a native of Sagittarius, Pope Francis is no diplomat. Sagittarians are the most outspoken and brutally frank members of the zodiac. They never sugar coat in the manner of Libra, for example. They speak the absolute truth as they see it and let the chips fall wherever they may.

Bolstering the pope's innate sense of truthfulness that is the hallmark of his Sun sign is a very strong theme centered around the humanitarian and socially conscious sign of Aquarius, where both his Moon and Venus reside. Moreover, the ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, is located in his tenth house, the house ruling one's career or calling, the house of one's public "destiny." Uranus always shakes things up. It embodies the rebel, the revolutionary, the "thorn in the side." In the tenth house, it never fails to shake up (Uranus) the established order, the system (tenth house).

Pope Francis is a man for his times, and he is in the process of changing and reforming the Catholic church in ways that will in a relatively short time render it unrecognizable from the church prior to his elevation to the papal office.

Go pope!

For a more detailed account of Pope Francis' horoscope, see my Wikinut article The Horoscope of Pope Francis, why He Breaks the Mold

Photos from commondreams.org
Horoscope from author's collection

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Retired
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Steve, I was in total agreement with you until you got to the Astrology bit!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Well, the "astrology bit" confirms that he is a man who rocks the boat, as I explained, given the position of the Moon, Venus and Uranus in his chart. You need to pull your feet out of the cement when it comes to your opinion of astrology.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Dec 2014 (#)

I posted this on Facebook. Pope Francis seems like a pretty cool guy to me.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark. I appreciate that.

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author avatar M G Singh
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Very interesting post Steve with the horoscope.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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author avatar vpaulose
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you, dear brother Steve for this nice post about Pope Francis. Wishes for Merry Christmas.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Dec 2014 (#)

And may I wish you a merry Christmas as well, dear brother vpaulose.

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author avatar viewgreen
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Interesting article and great for share herein. I wish you merry Christmas. Thank you.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you viewgreen. Merry Christmas to you.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Wonderful man and he'll do anything for changes within the church, God Bless Him!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Yes indeed. Thank you Fern.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
24th Dec 2014 (#)

As a Pentecostal and not a Catholic I have many differing views in my faith , Steve ...However , I liked this Pope from the first time I heard him speak.
He has a heart for the people as well as a true heart for God .
I pray that this will be a very Happy Christmas time for you and yours , and 2015 will be a blessed New Year for you.
Love Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Dec 2014 (#)

And may you have a joyous Christmas and a happy new year, Stella.
Love, Steve :-))

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author avatar Legend
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Certainly a healthy revolution which is bringing Christianity closer to its original roots.
Perhaps G-d has elected to grant us with a pope who can truly deal with the problems of the age..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Healthy it is. Thank you Legend.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Dec 2014 (#)

absolutely fantastic this dear Steve...thank you thank you...so great we have at least one public figure doing the Right thing...and a pope at that...

merry christmas and loving to you and yours...

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author avatar Retired
25th Dec 2014 (#)

the best Pope ever. Great page and reading, Steve. Recently, Amma met the Pope at the Vatican. This is a fantastic page for a fantastic Pope. LOVE him! Namaste, rd

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