Pope Francis offended by "Pope as Superman" notion

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 5, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The dogma of the Catholic Church teaches about the infallibility of the Pope. But today Pope Francis says, like anyone else, he is only human.

In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis says he dislikes the notion that he is a man who could meet all expectations.

“To depict the Pope as a sort of Superman, a sort of star, seems offensive to me,” the Holy Father said. “The Pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps tranquilly and has friends like everyone else, a normal person.”

He warns liberals that he cannot always bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic Church.

While he envisions a more modern and accepting church, the Pope stresses that the church will keep its ban on contraception and opposition to same-sex marriage.

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  • Peter
    6 March 2014 at 3:15 am - Reply

    The Pope warns liberals in the Church? We have a liberal and progressive Pope. He believe in same-sex marriage, and re-distribution of wealth. He want the rich to give their wealth to the poor. Why not Vatican Bank the riches bank in the world give their money to the poor. Vatican have all the Jewels of Alexsander the Great, Julius Ceasar etc.,, they collected several well known painter like Picasso , have it auction each painting cost $1B and donate it to the poor. How about the money collected from the Philippine churches. There are 100M Filipinos 90% are Catholic, Assuming 50M will go to church every Sunday, each give 1 Peso, that is 50M a week. 200M a month.How about the sales of candle, death, wedding, novena etc. The Cardinals remit part of the collection to Vatican.. Why not give it back to the poor in PH. I wish he is not the last Pope as mention in the book of revelation.

    • Delia
      6 March 2014 at 7:18 am - Reply

      Well here in USA , Pelosi mocks that “conscience thing” Catholics have, while Sebelius imposes regulations that will close Catholic hospitals and force religious orders to move out of the United States. Yeah, there’s a war between Good and Evil. What else is new? You can believe your eyes or Barack’s lying lips.

    • catholic_against_extremerightwingers
      6 March 2014 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      @Peter….. Wow… Pope Francis and the Catholic Church have never endorsed same-sex marriage. Where did you get that idea? Pope Francis is just re-enforcing the teachings of Jesus whose central mission and ministry is centered on saving, helping the poor. How you treat the poor is going to be the basis for his JUDGEMENT. MATTHEW 19:24 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” And his JUDGEMENT IS ACCORDING TO THIS: MATTHEW 25:31-41 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.” 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?” 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'” 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink.