The Vatican had thrown science geeks a fun tidbit earlier, sharing the chemical composition for the different colors of smoke. It was also fun to discover that the new pope has a master’s degree in chemistry.
Did you hear that? Pope Francis is a scientist. (Shameless plug for my own writing there.) The scientific community may deny the existence of scientists in the church, but they clearly do exist.
The Pope is also pro-life. That probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, but there are some who are calling this a disappointment because they were hoping for a more liberal pope. Well, I’m glad the Catholic church is going to continue calling abortion the murder that it is. Despite his unpopular views of contraception and marriage, he does speak out against some traditions that he calls hypocrisy:
“In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage… These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the Church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptized!”
What a lesson that can be for American conservatives. We could learn a thing or two about being compassionate while standing for truth.
Well, tomorrow, the hype will start to die down. The Pope has already been replace by new trends on Twitter. Celebrities and politicians will again vie for our attention. But it was nice, just for one day, for people to be focused on the church.