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The First American Pope
National Review Online, by George Weigel

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Posted By:tisHimself, 3/14/2013 12:43:12 PM

The swift election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as bishop of Rome is replete with good news — and not a little irony. To reverse the postmodern batting order, let’s begin with the good news. A true man of God. The wheelchair-bound beggar at the corner of Via della Conciliazione and Via dell’Erba this morning had a keen insight into his new bishop: “Sono molto contento; e una profeta” (“I’m very happy; he’s a prophet”).

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hooverdog, 3/14/2013 1:06:41 PM     (No. 9224921)

Wasn´t sure about him yesterday, especially when I heard he was a proponent of "social justice," but the more I read the more I´m convinced he was an inspired choice.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: columba, 3/14/2013 3:32:10 PM     (No. 9225236)

The United States might consider that a mere 8% of Roman Catholics live in North America. How much influence does 8% have?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: octrojan, 3/14/2013 4:40:52 PM     (No. 9225338)

It that´s a serious question, #2, quite a bit of influence. I´m guessing it has more influence than, say, African & Asians combined, even though they greatly outnumber USA Catholics. The US generates significant money, media, energy, etc.

And lately, has generated issues prompted by dealing with the sex scandals, something the Church hasn´t done as much of in other countries.

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