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Bishop Murry cites series of 'firsts' for Pope Francis I

Published: Wed, March 13, 2013 @ 8:40 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Bishop George V. Murry cited the “firsts” of the new pontiff, the former Archbishop of Argentina, Jorge Bergoglio during a press conference at the Diocese of Youngstown offices.

Bishop Murry said the new leader of the Catholic Church is the first from the Americas, the first from the Society of Jesus and the first Francis, the name the new pope has chosen.

Bishop Murry, being a Jesuit, couldn’t help but be pleased that a member of his order was catapulted to such an honor and challenge.

“The choice is significant ... someone not from Europe ... that’s a positive sign,” he said this afternoon.

“The greatest growth [in the Catholic Church] is below the equator in Africa and Asia,” the bishop said. “There is a strong Catholic presence in Brazil.”

Bishop Murry said St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuit order, was a proponent of a “disciplined lifestyle” with emphasis on “training and preparation.” The new pope brings that background to his new role.

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1JudyJones(157 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

We hope the new Pope takes decisive action immediately to show victims worldwide that the sexual abuse of children and the cover up of abuse will not be tolerated. We hope that Pope Francis will discipline and remove bishops and cardinals who continue to protect the predator clerics rather than protecting innocent kids.

Also we urge people to judge the new pope by his actions not just his words, particularly in his first few months, don’t assume that the new guy will magically fix everything.

We hope that every single person who sees, suspects, or suffers child sex crimes in the church must report it, preferably to secular authorities and not church leaders.
Silence is not an options anymore, our children deserve to be safe.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
(Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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