The ‘Pope Francis effect’? Some early data suggest it could be real

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Pope Francis arrives to lead a special audience with faithful from Cassano alpo Jonio diocese at the Vatican on February 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Osservatore Romano
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Pope Francis arrives to lead a special audience with faithful from Cassano alpo Jonio diocese at the Vatican on February 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Osservatore Romano *Editors: This photo is not available for republication.

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(RNS) Are there signs of a "Francis effect" among U.S. Catholics? Yes and no, but it's still probably too early to tell.

  • opheliart

    David, why haven’t you included these articles in your pope portraits?

    http://news.yahoo.com/chile-bishop-ordained-amid-protest-over-alleged-sex-151449375.html

    No comment from the Vatican on the following?
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31076838

    Peace

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  • James Carr

    A popular, humble, holy Pope always delights Catholics and its nice to see the non-Catholic world embrace him. Francis certainly is a remarkable Pope, a man who lives humbly and is faithful to living “as Christ would”.
    Unfortunately, I don’t see Catholic pews filling up because of him….which is probably good, since faith should not be centered on a personality. Pope Benedict is a brilliant theologian, a holy man, but many Catholics didn’t care for his dour countenance or his highly intellectual manner of speaking.
    We don’t want a rock star, we don’t need a popular Pope, for their job is to guard the Faith even in the face of rejection by the rest of the world………like Paul VI’s encyclical on contraception.

  • opheliart

    5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the squares and on street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

    🙂 gosh, this is too easy … we need to find more challenging conversation

  • Greg

    No, it is not that easy; the devil is also in that room with the door shut, and is out to confuse. For there are, “false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-14).

    1 John 4:1-3: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

    1 John 3:8: “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”

    I hope you have tested your spirits…

  • Francis’ makes wretched appointments and mouths Eurotrash platitudes. The Francis effect is manifest in the behavior of Vicar-of-Bray bishops like Cdl. Dolan.

    What’s next is his attempt to take a wrecking ball to antique teachings on family life and the sacraments. This has a real possibility to induce a schism or an exodus to Orthodoxy among the most committed laity. A humble man does not do that.

  • Yet the Pew survey showed that those who already go to church regularly were the most energized by the new pope.

    If you’re standing over the toilet retching, your alimentary canal is ‘energized’.

  • James Carr

    No, if you’re standing over a toilet retching, your picture must be at the base of the bowl. C’mon, you know it’s true.

  • I believe the same way you do opheliart! Go and pray behind close door’s and he will hear you…

  • Greg

    Tina, Jesus was speaking to the Jews who were already circumcised into the Plan of Salvation, already part of the organized religion of his day. He knew their heart was oriented to the Father, but he was only showing them not to use their prayer to draw attention to themselves. This type of prayer, can be dangerous if a person is not careful to discern who it is they are speaking to, especially for those who have have not yet come to a clear knowledge of God, a full belief in Jesus, and have not yet been baptized (Mark 16:16), for the Devil often comes as an angel of light to deceive (2Cor 11:14).

  • opheliart

    we were testing you and yours 🙂

    peace

  • opheliart

    what? no response?

    “we don’t serve your kind.”

    but this was for the Catholics! it’s not like we were asking for a wedding cake or anything …

    *criminal minds ordain criminal minds?

    http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/francis-argentina-abuse-record-questioned

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  • Therefore?

  • CAKMN

    Consider the possibility (likelihood?) that Pope Francis, acting and making statements as he does, may be appealing strongly not so much to the traditional, mass attending Catholics, but rather to nominal Catholics who feel they are more “spiritual but not religious.” These Catholics wouldn’t be very much inclined to suddenly start attending mass, and I’ll guess that they might even feel some sense of relief due to feeling less “guilt” over not going to mass.

    This would fit with those of us who are not Catholic and who are not religious, yet who like this Pope far more than any other because he actually seems (feels) more spiritual and less religious, in the sense of seeming less weighed down by past, less friendly feeling, Pontifical authoritarianism.

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