Left and Right in the Catholic Church

two popesMario Jorge Bergoglio, a former papal candidate, found himself in the Holy See when during that time, on February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict gave up his papal position and opted instead for a centuries-first retirement package. On March 13 Mario was elected the new Pope Francis and almost immediately his homage to St. Francis of Assisi and his humility endeared him to millions. He won over the more liberal members of the church with his urgings to relieve poverty, thereby revealing his own position on the political left of the Church, —rather than decry homosexuality, premarital sex and abortion, along with much else, as did his predecessor, Pope Benedict, revealing his place on the Church’s political Right.

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