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Western Michigan University Professor thinks they have picked a fine new Pope

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 Pope Francis leads the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome March 29, 2013. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter.
Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi
Pope Francis leads the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome March 29, 2013. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Pope Francis has taken the lead this Easter week, showing time and time again that he is a different kind of pope, rejecting life in the Papal suites for a two room apartment, and washing the feet of juvenile inmates.

WMU Professor of Comparative Religion Dr. Rudolf Seibert says he had expected the College of Cardinals to pick another conservative Pope, because most of them are conservative, but he thinks a little miracle may have happened with the choice they made.

Seibert says as a South American and a Jesuit, he need not be restrained by recent traditions carried on by the European Popes.

Seibert says the church remains in crisis, torn between traditionalists and reformers and coming off the sex abuse scandals. It appears the College of Cardinals has decided it was time for a change.

 

 

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