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This is unbelievably exciting news! Could it be that we finally have a pope who understands the true teachings of the church? "Who am I to judge?" I love it.
The distinction between crime and sin.
The affirmation that god forgives and forgets when you are truly repentant.
I've never been able to say for sure that I believe in God, but I have always felt that the teachings of the catholic religion were basically good rules to live your life by.
My whole life however, I felt like it was all hypocrisy. The people I knew that were regular church goers were some of the worst sinners I've ever met. The pope and priests sat in judgement, the politicians use His name to defend hate.
I hope this means the beginning of much change within the religion, and the possibility that I might once again want to call myself Catholic.
Are you Catholic? How do you feel about this new pope's views?