Mini-Opinion: The Man Who Loves Dancing

Cuba Diplomacy. Credit: Gary Warth CC 3.0.

Cuba Diplomacy. Credit: Gary Warth CC 3.0.

Guess who was behind softening up of the U.S. and Cuba, so that we can end 53 years of embargo. Pope Francis! No kidding. All kinds of people of all different religions like this Pope. Why? Well for one thing, his birthday was yesterday, and he celebrated with hundreds of couples dancing the Tango.

Couples Danced The Tango. Credit: Sergio Grazioli CC 3.0

Couples Danced The Tango. Credit: Sergio Grazioli CC 3.0

And he had a girlfriend once! Can you believe it? Not very Pope-ish. I think of him as always being this kind, feisty, old, very celibate old guy. But clearly he wasn’t always so. What a bundle of surprises this man is. He didn’t yell at the Nuns On The Bus. Instead he spoke of “valuing the feminine genius.” How can you not like that?

Cuban Man. Credit: Les Haines CC 2.0

Cuban Man. Credit: Les Haines CC 2.0

Sweet Olive. Credit: Pixabay.

Sweet Olive. Credit: Pixabay.

He answered a little kid’s question about whether or not his dog would go to Heaven with a yes. As a dog lover, I love that answer. I remember looking into the eyes of our sweet Olive The Dog and seeing far more spirit than some humans had.

The Pope went to Mob headquarters, and declared no more special treatment for the guys who leave horse heads in people’s beds (I’ve been told). There was talk about a hit or hits on the Pope. Ah, a brave man.

He has also turned the Vatican on its head. He doesn’t live in the Pope Quarters, but instead in a shared building. Pretty humble for the head of maybe a bazillion (don’t quote me on that number) faithful. And he doesn’t like the Pope-mobile.

Pope Francis. Credit: Tania Rego/ABr.

Pope Francis. Credit: Tania Rego/ABr.

He fired Bishop Bling for living waaaaay too lavishly. Then the Pope fired his head of security – a guy who was known as a dictator by his employees. Pope Francis demoted the top cardinal in the Vatican, because he was ultra-judgmental about pro-choice and gays. Now that guy has a very humble job. Pope Francis is looking at loosening up on the cost of church marriage annulments to maybe free. And much, much more.

How can you not like a man who loves dancing? Happy Birthday, Mr. Pope!

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