by Michael Geraghty
Pope Francis has shaken up conventional ideology with revitalizing and revolutionary reforms. After years of corruption, scandals, and charges against the Catholic Church, the need for a strong patriarch to guide the people was becoming more prevalent as societal norms change. Once Pope Francis stepped into power, he immediately altered the public perception and opinion of the role the Pope takes. The Pope no longer sits on his untouchable, decorated throne inside the Vatican. Instead, Pope Francis chooses to sit at the same level as his Cardinals. Although this change may seem small, Pope Francis has renounced the omniscient power typically given to the Pope and shifted gears to focus more on his colleagues and peers.
Furthermore, Pope Francis took his name from St. Francis, who was known for his charity and kindness. This may contribute to why he has recently made it easier to be forgiven for the sin of abortion, has been seen shaking the hands of the poor, and has said, “who am I to judge”, when asked about his thoughts on the homosexual community. Although many conservatives view his actions as too extreme, the general public believes he is guiding the church to a refreshing rebirth.