After two days of deliberations, the cardinals have chosen Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the next leader of the Catholic Church.
Bergoglio is the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires and is being called “the first pope from the new world.” CBS News reported that Pope Francis “represents a bridge between the Church’s European roots and its future,” which, according to experts, increasingly lies in non-European countries.
But just how progressive is the new pope? You decide. Here are four quotes from Pope Francis on controversial issues ranging from gay marriage to technology.
On gay marriage:
“Let’s not be naive: this isn’t a simple political fight, it’s an attempt to destroy God’s plan.”
On the role of the Church:
“We need to avoid the spiritual sickness of a church that is wrapped up in its own world: when a church becomes like this, it grows sick. It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one.”
On unmarried mothers:
“In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalise the church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptised!”
“We also try to reach out to people who are far away, via digital means, the web and brief messaging.”
Photo: Natascha Pisarenko — AP