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'Go and Repair My House'
Wall St. J ^ | March 15, 2013 | PEGGY NOONAN

Posted on 03/15/2013 9:40:51 AM PDT by Steelfish

March 14, 2013 'Go and Repair My House' There is a power in the new pope's humility.


I'll tell you how it looks: like one big unexpected gift for the church and the world.

Everything about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's election was a surprise—his age, the name he took, his mien as he was presented to the world. He was plainly dressed, a simple white cassock, no regalia, no finery. He stood there on the balcony like a straight soft pillar and looked out at the crowd. There were no grand gestures, not even, at first, a smile. He looked tentative, even overwhelmed. I thought, as I watched, "My God—he's shy."

Then the telling moment about the prayer. Before he gave a blessing he asked for a blessing: He asked the crowd to pray for him. He bent his head down and the raucous, cheering square suddenly became silent, as everyone prayed. I thought, "My God—he's humble."

I wasn't sure what to make of it and said so to a friend, a member of another faith who wants the best for the church because to him that's like wanting the best for the world. He was already loving what he was seeing. He asked what was giving me pause. I said I don't know, the curia is full of tough fellows, the pope has to be strong.

"That is more than strength," he said of the man on the screen. "This is not cynical humanity. This is showing there is another way to be."

Yes. This is a kind of public leadership we are no longer used to—unassuming, self-effacing. Leaders of the world now are garish and brazen. You can think of half a dozen of their names in less than a minute. They're good at showbiz, ...

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture

1 posted on 03/15/2013 9:40:51 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

‘Leaders of the world now are garish and brazen. You can think of half a dozen of their names in less than a minute. They’re good at showbiz, ...’

It only took a millisecond to think of Obama.

2 posted on 03/15/2013 9:54:57 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: taterjay

Yer slo.

3 posted on 03/15/2013 10:00:40 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Steelfish

A simple cardinal now pope who could very well do needed “spring cleaning” of the Church.

4 posted on 03/15/2013 10:03:02 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

I sure hope he can squash the mindset of many church members that “social justice” should be orchestrated by scumbag big government.

5 posted on 03/15/2013 10:08:41 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
I read an article about exactly what you said. Gist of it was that he believes, approximately, that "Social Justice" comes from being a good Christian, being charitable, helping the less fortunate, and so on. NOT "racial equality" or "equality of outcomes" or other progressive nonsense.

Sez me, this is a good thing, regardless of your beliefs.

6 posted on 03/15/2013 10:27:06 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

I read an article about exactly what you said. Gist of it was that he believes, approximately, that “Social Justice” comes from being a good Christian, being charitable, helping the less fortunate, and so on. NOT “racial equality” or “equality of outcomes” or other progressive nonsense.

How about as a world, we work on seeing that the aide we give to the less fortunate, actually makes it TO them ... and does not make a stop in the hands of corrupt leaders and/or liberal socialist politicians and their corrupt, endless and multiplying bureaucracies, which serve no one except themselves.

Maybe THIS is what the Pope means ...because I’m pretty sure he doesn’t advocate stealing from those who produce and giving it to the lazy — or stealing from those who have earned it to give to those who would ultimately seek their destruction (as in our millions in foreign aid to Egypt).

This Pope’s got it going on ...

7 posted on 03/15/2013 11:26:19 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: Steelfish
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8 posted on 03/20/2013 8:33:21 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Lancey Howard
Government certainly has a valuable, necessary contribution to social justice; a contribution only government can provide.

Sadly, few governments come close, and ours is headed in the wrong direction.

Government can and must provide:

1) Stable, sane, comprehensible Rule of Law. As opposed to arbitrary, capricious, and incomprehensible or excessively complicated rule at the whim of the ruler.

2) Legally enshrined, equitably applied respect for private property.

3) Legally enshrined, equitably applied enforceability of contracts.

4) Distributed, rather than centralized, authority.

All of these things serve to protect the rights of the weak against the strong, the small against the large, the few against the many, and the poor against the rich. Combined they allow for long term planning and investment, efficient use of capital and labor, and (perhaps most importantly) peaceful resolution of disputes. They form the basis of a just society, in which all can prosper who wish to do so.

9 posted on 03/20/2013 9:15:15 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

That’s a great post right there.
Thanks for that.

10 posted on 03/20/2013 10:00:13 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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