After becoming the leader of the catholic world, Pope Francis made headlines by making controversial reforms to the church, something which will make him the most unorthodox leader in the history of papacy. But by far the most disturbing rumor is the fact that the person on the cross which Pope Francis is carrying is not an image of Jesus, but of someone else. This is alarming news even to atheists and non believers alike! Exactly what is it?
Upon close inspection, it can be seen that the person on the cross is not Jesus. Pope Francis explains that the person in the foreground is a shepherd with his arms crossed. On his arms are several sheep which he is guiding.
All popes have worn a pectoral cross throughout history. The pectoral cross is worn across the chest, suspended from the neck by a piece of sturdy chain. The strange part about Pope Francis's cross is the fact that it is not made out of gold.
The question that boggles our mind is the fact that traditionally, popes have always adorned their necks with golden pectoral crosses. So why would Pope Francis choose otherwise? Why would he go against tradition? Is he too humble or is there some foul play at work here?
Well. To quote Pope Francis himself, "I decided to keep the original pectoral cross made of silver because it has a special place in my heart." It was a reminder to him that God chose him to be a 'shepherd' for the people.
The rumors that conspiracy nuts are spouting out is that the figure etched on the cross is some medieval pagan god. The shepherd on the cross is similar to an Egyptian god of death Osiris. They're both seen crossing their arms on their chest.
Absolutely not. The internet as we know it, is full of nonsensical rumors and fake news (to quote the POTUS). We should be intelligent enough to detect the truth from tomfoolery. Learn to verify what you read on the internet from a third party.
He is unorthodox and isn't afraid to face the naysayers. He has the courage to propagate his ideals to the world even if it means going against what has been the norm. As a result, his unflinching attitude has brought about numerous changes to the Catholic Church.
The world will have us believe that the Pope is against kiddie fiddlers and child molesters but in 2014 Pope Francis restored Mauro Inzoli of his priestly duties 'warning' him to stay away from minors. Inzoli was stripped of priesthood by Pope Benedict in 2012.
The world (mostly Western) touts as a reformer who has zero tolerance towards child abusers, pedophiles, molesters and fundamentalists. But does the reinduction of Inzoli not raise alarming bells? Inzoli was imprisoned for four years on account of pedophilia charges.
A topic that has divided all Catholics for centuries is whether divorced and remarried individuals should be entitled to the Holy Communion, the Pope gave his own two cents on the polarizing topic, deciding that they should indeed get the Holy Communion.
It seems the Pope does give in to the pressures imposed on him from fundamentalist and orthodox Christians alike. The uproar caused him to retract from the statement, saying instead, "Integrating into the church doesn't mean receiving Communion."
Says the Pope. It seems like Donald Trump, the Pope is also vehemently opposed to fake news, so much that he actually uttered the following words, "And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia."
Blogger Rorate Caeli chalked this disturbing behavior of the pope to ageing or underlying medical issue. Even the mental faculties of the pope have now been called under question. Least to say, he has become a polarizing among Catholic priests.
Those who oppose the pope accuse him of putting on a cloak of fake humility. Naysayers believe the Pope is putting on a charade when he pays his own bill at the hotel and refuses to live in the Apostolic Palace.
The cross is the least controversial issue for the Pope right now. His reign is marred with significantly drifting away from traditions and public outbursts of 'eating shit'. He is, fortunately for him, backed by the council of Cardinals.