he looks scary
The new pope - good or bad?
I am a catholic, a young Catholic at that and I think it is unfair that the new Pope has taken so much slack before he has even been given a chance to prove himself. I think one thing that the Catholic church teaches, along with all other churches and social teachings, is to judge people by what they do and not by pre-conceptions! He may turn out to be a dark horse! Sadly vocal critizism of the Catholic church is allowed, whereas the same level of critizism of Islam or Judaism would not be tollerated. I am not in any way calling for people to start critizising the other world religions, each is as valid in their views as the other, but it would be nice if people treated the Catholic faith the same way!
Good point, Doddy, but I think he means for example if you were on TV and you talked trash about the Catholic church you would be fine, but if you said something bad about the Jewish faith then you would be branded an anti-semite.