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Could the G.O.P. learn a thing or two from Pope Francis?

I'll be curious about your reaction to this piece in NATIONAL JOURNAL about whether today's Republican Party could benefit from studying the playbook of the current Bishop of Rome...


Posted at 6:51am on November 14, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Thu, Nov 14, 2013 8:00am
Of course they could. :) I think everyone will agree to that.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 8:05am
Couldn't open it; it says I have an out-of-date browser so based on what you wrote I'll offer my thoughts.

Could the G.O.P./TEA folks learn something from the new Pope? Sure, if nothing else, humility, and how to stand your ground yet showing love and compassion for someone you may disagree with on some important issue. One example: Pope Francis is very nice towards LGBT folks and obviously values them as good people that God loves just like himself, yet he hasn't changed the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality or said it is a fine alternative lifestyle. He's got more of that "I do not condemn you, but go and sin no more approach", that mirrors more of how Jesus dealt with such issues.

The G.O.P./TEA folks have more of a "scorched earth approach" or to keep the Catholic Church metaphor going the "Inquisition approach". You either do it OUR way or we'll make you wish you had done it our way.

Thu, Nov 14, 2013 9:24am
I completely agree the Republicans could learn a huge lesson from Pope Francis... he sticks to the Church's doctrines and lives them as well. The most interesting thing about this pope is that he says exactly what the scriptures say but the way he says it is firm, yet not judgmental... he gives the hard sermons, but in a fatherly (pun unintended) way. A good father will always love this children but not be an enabler to harmful actions/beliefs and always want what's best for their children even if to the harm of themselves (self-sacrificing of self for the children's benefit).

If the Republicans can stick to their core beliefs (the Constitution and smaller government) and present these beliefs in a non-judgmental way, I firmly believe the entire Republican Party would change for the better and (like this pope) gain "converts" from all segments of society.

Thu, Nov 14, 2013 9:44am
Even I'll second Earl's last line. The problem has never been with Republicans... the problem is with the Republicans of today....

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 10:22am
EarlGrey: Well said.

Thu, Nov 14, 2013 7:24pm
I think it's time the Democrats start learning something or the TEA party is going to replace both them AND the GOP establishment.

Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:14am
Back to the thread... if conservative Catholics think this pope is liberal?... Wait till they meet Jesus...

Tue, Nov 19, 2013 1:49pm
That's funny...because I think many who place the mantle of liberal on this pontiff aren't listening to what he's actually saying but are instead hearing what they want his words to mean.

Pope Francis just issued a warning to all Catholics cautioning them against modern society's push for a unified secular ideology...he said this does not create a positive globalization but rather an "adolescent progressivism".

This pope has also refused to give Mass to any who are not pro-life believers...not a very "progressive" sounding stance to me.

BTW, Jesus is neither liberal nor conservative...He is the perfect blend of each as He is perfect in all ways.

Tue, Nov 19, 2013 1:51pm

Tue, Nov 19, 2013 11:17pm
The pope is correctly setting course for a target between condoning sinful practices, and condemning the person for performing them.

I think that is the proper direction to take. Jesus associated with people considered society's outcasts, but did not lower his standards.

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