THE END OF INNOCENCE--Not Everyone Is Celebrating Five Years of Pope Francis

By BARBIE LATZA NADEAU, 03.13.18, Daily Beast

On the fifth anniversary of his election, Pope Francis continues to be an inspiration to non-Catholics—and a source of confusion to his own flock.

ROME—It has been five years since white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel chimney to herald the election of a pope like no other.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first pontiff from the Americas and a maverick among the more stoic men of the church, set the tone for his reign with the two simple words he uttered from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. “Buona sera,” or “good evening,” he said, quite simply, rather than greeting the gathered crowds with a theological tidbit of Godly wisdom. It seemed, at the time, endearing and innocuous.

But now, that refreshing innocence is turning into something else. Visibly weary and often irritable, the pope sometimes seems like . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2018-03-13 12:12:06 -0500
    So what has this guy accomplished in five years? Name one thing. It’s business as usual for the so-called church whose leaders are sodomites and pedophiles. Everybody knows it but nobody can do anything about it. But it’s the true church (and all other churches are false)-so let’s just continue to pray, pay and obey. Don’t forget to complement the emperor and his sexual deviant clergyman on their wonderful homilies.

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