March 14th, 2013
02:22 PM ET

5 things to know about the new pope

(CNN) - From the Vatican to Buenos Aires, Catholics worldwide rejoiced when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became the new pope.

He's the first Jesuit and the first Latin American in modern times to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

But in some ways, he's just a normal guy.

Here are five things to know about Pope Francis.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope • Pope Francis • Vatican

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  1. http://www.billgrierblinds.co.uk/images/project.asp?p=51

    He in all probability wouldn't have gotten the possibility if Campbell hadn't been wounded. Once all, Julien is very sluggish to alter the makeup of lines.
    http://www.billgrierblinds.co.uk/images/project.asp?p=51 http://www.billgrierblinds.co.uk/images/project.asp?p=51

    November 27, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
  2. SoldierOfConscience

    This is a waste of my time. no matter what I say, y'all point to some supposed post I made that I am leaving and call me a poe. so I guess I will really leave.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  3. The real Tom

    SUC COC announced his departure from this blog MONTHS ago, but before he did, he admitted to being a poe. He stated that he didn't believe any of the nonsense he posted and thanked all those who took the time to honestly debate him in a civil manner, or words to the effect.

    He's a poe.

    March 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  4. SoldierOfConscience

    I put up a four question simple quiz. It uses "logic". So if it is YES to all four questions then a fetus/embryo/blastocyst/baby (all of the four are the same) is proven to be a living unique human being who is not physically harming his/her mother. People are calling it all kinds of names because it proves something they dont want to think is true.

    Just think of it in simple, black and white terms. Sophistry can get one far but its still stretching the argument. lets not make simple things more complicated for the sake of making it so.

    March 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • The real Tom


      March 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • midwest rail

      B-o-r-l-n-g poe.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Boring, stupid poe with a lace hankie and flouncy undies.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
    • Ronald

      "a fetus/embryo/blastocyst/baby (all of the four are the same) is proven to be a living unique human being who is not physically harming his/her mother. "

      The early embryo is not an individual. Until about 14 days after conception, the embryo can divide into two or more parts. Under the right conditions, each of those parts can develop into a separate fetus. This is the phenomenon known as "twinning." Twinning shows that adult human beings are not identical with a previously existing zygote or embryo. If that were true, then each pair of twins would be identical with the same embryo. This is a logically incoherent position. If A and B are separate individuals, they cannot both be identical with a previously existent entity, C.

      As the early embryo is not an individual, it cannot be the moral equivalent of an adult human. To claim that someone is harmed, there must be "someone" there. We do not and should not grant moral rights to mere groupings of cells.

      The potential of the embryo does not make it a human person. Those who rely on the potential of the embryo to support their claim that it is morally equivalent to an adult human conveniently ignore the important role that extrinsic conditions play in embryonic and fetal development. An embryo in a petri dish is going nowhere. An embryo needs nutrients provided by the mother through the placenta in order to develop into a fetus and beyond. These nutrients regulate the epigenetic state of the embryo. The embryo does not have the inherent capability of expressing its potential on its own.

      Additionally relevant to this discussion is the fact that embryos used in research are spare embryos from in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. In other words, they are embryos that are destined for the trash can, unless they are used in research. Therefore, they have no prospect of developing into a fetus. Their potential is no more than a theoretical construct.

      The claim that the embryo is the moral equivalent of a human person is implicitly rejected by everyone. One important fact about embryonic development that is often overlooked is that between two-thirds and four-fifths of all embryos that are generated through standard sexual reproduction are spontaneously aborted. If embryos have the same status as human persons, this is a horrible tragedy and public health crisis that requires immediate and sustained attention. Not only should we abandon stem cell research, but we should reallocate the vast majority of our research dollars from projects such as cancer research into programs to help prevent this staggering loss of human life. Interestingly, none of the opponents of embryonic stem cell research have called for research programs that might increase the odds of embryo survival. Their failure to address this issue is puzzling if the embryo deserves the same moral respect as human persons.

      Similarly, IVF, at least as currently practiced, would appear to be morally objectionable regardless of whether some embryos produced by this procedure are used in research. Those who utilize IVF intentionally create many embryos that they know will be discarded eventually. How can we accept a process that consigns entities that supposedly have the status of human persons to the rubbish bin?

      The moral views of opponents are incoherent.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
  5. The real Tom

    If anyone still doubts that SOC COC is a poe, here's a post for ya: SOC COC says: I am not responsible for the actions of others so if they are beating their children I or the state have no right to intervene. If I dont think its wrong to beat kids. I should not beat my kids. thats it.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      That was in response to someone who misquoted my one post about not being responsible for a coworker who wasted his time to say that I am not responsible as long as im not the mother. Dont you see LOGIC? that was sarcasm my friend.. if I am not responsible as long as im not the mother then the above is also true.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      A : B :: 2A : ?

      math says 2B

      March 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Lying poe.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Stupid logic. Beating children is a crime. If you see someone hurting others with full rights then you should report the crime.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Conversely, abortion is not a crime. It is legal and nobody's business except the woman who's pregnant.

      Chew on that, SUC.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
  6. EX catholic

    The one and ONLY thing to know about this IDOLATER is precisely just that.

    March 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • Quest ion

      What is an Idol?
      What is idolatry?
      What is an idolater?
      Please explain!

      March 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
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