Pope Francis follows his Predecessors in Politics

Young Catholics were urged by Pope Francis to not keep quiet. He asked them not to follow older people and the leaders, who could be corrupt, and thus does not raise their voices. Staying mum will make the world lose joy and this would be not be desirable state of affairs. This message was clearly for participants of March for Our Lives in the United States. Those who participated protested against gun violence. The pontiff again become a much loved world figure.

Analyzing the pope communiques

Many have compared the present pope with his predecessors. The popular opinion is that Francis has dramatically changed direction of Catholic Church. A few have even ventured the opinion that the present pope could be the most politically liberal one in Vatican history.

Vatican analysts have analyzed Pope Francis' many communications to see whether he really is liberal as it is believed. The papal communications can be broadly divided into two components: encyclicals and tweets. A close reading of the communications helps to comprehend the papal positions and themes. One aspect of the pope is apparent: he focuses on contentious and modern topics. The list includes immigration, inequality and climate change. However, his political statements are not much different from the popes which came before him. They also do not vary much from official church doctrine in a number of critical ways.

Not much has changed

Findings suggest that although the pope could try to split from the past Roman Church and its many administrative techniques, the latter continues to influence his communications in a number of ways. This results in a continuation across the papacies.

An analysis of the pope's encyclicals and Social Media tweets reveal that the pontiff is politically engaged. He has dedicated his time to a number of modern social issues. One in eight tweets sent out by the pontiff reflects political relevance or any political issue. However, all these are not more when compared to popes who came before him. His encyclicals are also similar to his predecessors. The celebrated “Laudato Si” is partly made of political shaming and social concern. The text has a dominant ecclesiastic language which stresses that God has created human beings to be responsible for the upkeep of natural environment. It is curious that Laudato Si was released at a curious time in world history. It came into the limelight post the hugely successful 2014 marches for climate which took place in New York and London and also in many other cities.

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