Arlington Bishop on Pope Francis

by ARLnow.com March 14, 2013 at 9:45 am 9 Comments

Pope Francis (photo via Facebook)

The Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, issued a statement (below) last night on the appointment of the new Pope.

Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, is the Catholic church’s 266th pontiff, and the first from Latin America.

Habemus Papam! I rejoice that Pope Francis has answered the Lord’s call to serve as Successor to Saint Peter, the Vicar of Christ on earth. On behalf of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Arlington, I offer our new Pope Francis the support of our daily prayers, loyalty and fidelity.

As the white smoke billowed forth from the chimney and the bells of the Basilica began to ring jubilantly, I eagerly awaited the announcement of our new Pope. When he walked out onto the balcony, my heart was filled with joy. In his first moments as our Pontiff, I was so touched by Pope Francis’ humble petition that we first pray for him, before he then bestowed his first papal blessing on the world.

This is a very exciting and hope-filled time for Catholics the world over, and most assuredly for our brothers and sisters in Latin America who cannot but take great delight in the election of a native son from Argentina.  Throughout my life, I have become increasingly aware how the Lord has provided for the Church the shepherd best suited to the particular needs and challenges of the time. I know that this is the case once more. I ask our diocesan family of faith to join me in continued prayers for the pontificate of Pope Francis and for the entire Church.

Photo via Facebook

  • squidgod

    Good. Now maybe the media can move on from PopeWatch 2013.

    (Though sadly they’re sure to switch to RoyalBabyWatch 2013, because we all know nobody wants to see actual news on the news.)

    • Prince Someone Or Other

      Well you do have to admit that Kate is as they say, “easy on the eyes” so that maybe it is a step forward ??

  • Cone of Silence

    Rev Loverde can now return to his task of protecting from authorities the fallen (read: child abusing) Priests relocated to Mission Hurst.

    • novasteve

      Funny if someone said that about any othe rreligio you’d be throwing a tantrum ab out hate speech.

      • Captain_Obvious

        Facts do not equate to hate speech

      • Rape by a Priest is Rape

        This is not hate speech. This is a commentary on one of the worst crimes imaginable. Actually but for the involvement of the Catholic Church, there would be mass arrests of bishops and priests at global net of child rapists, with a mult-state system to evade and obstruct justice. Actually a RICO case should be brought against the Catholic Church and every diocese office should be raided for access to their personnel files.

  • YTK

    Watching that acolyte(?) grab some “suit” under the arm and drag him away from the window before the Pope appeared at that window yesterday, reminded me of my “Holy” Cathecism class days…… Seen enough… Back to basketball on TV now

  • Bishop Accountability

    No doubt the Most Obsequious Rev. Loverde will submit his fawning press release to headquarters for extra points.

  • Novanglus

    Irony. He’s praising the first Jesuit pope while many Arlington catholics cross the river to Jesuit venues in DC — where daughters can be acolytes and same sex partners are welcomed as family. “Needs and challenges of the time” indeed.


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