Pope Francis Says Jesus, Not The Pope, Is At The Center Of The Church

Written by Andres Ortiz on March 18, 2013

Pope FrancisLet me start off by saying I am not a Catholic. As a matter of fact, being Hispanic, I was raised Catholic. I went to Catholic private school until I went into 6th grade, I did all of the bells and smells, the incense and nonsense of the Church and honestly, it made me hate Christianity. I became a Christian (non-denominational) when I was a senior in high school and I still have stayed far away from Catholicism. It was Jesus who brought me to Himself and not the rituals of the Church. I cannot reiterate this enough.

However, the election of Pope Francis has really caught my attention and even though I don’t agree with him on plenty of things, the things I do agree with him on are important enough. For example, in his first media address last Saturday he reminded fellow Catholics that it is Jesus, and not the Pope, that sits on the throne of the Church. He also talked about how he desired the church to be “poor, and for the poor.” I’m not exactly sure what he means by that, it makes me a little wary but I can take it for now.

The Pope chose his name from St. Francis of Assisi, who renounced his family wealth for a life of poverty and charity. He has been said to be humorous, charming, and compelling, a change that the Vatican desperately needed.

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Andres Ortiz is the founder of The Saving, a ministry that plays heavy music with heavier Christian content. His new album "David Star", based on the life of David, comes out March 9th, 2014. Follow @andresaving on twitter.