“They generally have not been really happy about his election, from what I’ve been able to read and to understand,” he remarked. “He’ll have to care for them, too, so it will be interesting to see how all this works out in the long run.”
Francis was the first ever Jesuit elected as pope. The Catholic religious order, whose members are sometimes referred to as “God’s Marines” because of their missionary work in extreme conditions, focuses on protecting the oppressed and the poor.
The Jesuits also place a high value on education, and have stirred controversy by questioning the Vatican on issues related to abortion, female priests, and homosexuality.
Though Francis hasn’t mentioned “abortion,” “gay marriage” and “euthanasia” in his first 120 days as pope, Chaput doesn’t expect him to rock the boat by radically diverging from current Catholic teachings.
“I think the pope has spoken very clearly about the value of human life. He hasn’t expressed those things in a combative way, and perhaps that’s what some are concerned about, but I can’t imagine that he won’t be as pro-life and pro-traditional marriage as any of the other popes have been in the past,” Chaput said.
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