2 local priests in training pleased with pope selection - New York News

2 local priests in training pleased with pope selection

Posted: Updated:
Pope Francis speaks to the faithful in Saint Peter's Square.  (Credit: Fox) Pope Francis speaks to the faithful in Saint Peter's Square. (Credit: Fox)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

More than a billion Catholics worldwide are celebrating and praying for their new pope.

This is a historic moment for more than a million Catholics in Michigan that are looking for a strong leader to steer the church through its troubled times.  We've heard about the priest shortage, the sex abuse crisis, and, of course, they've dealt with the competition from other evangelical churches.

Pope Francis is from Argentina.  He is a Jesuit and the first Latin American and non-European pope to be elected in more than a thousand years, but one with very traditional values.

The 76-year-old is seen as an unwavering orthodox.  He opposes contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage.

We spoke to two young men that are studying to be priests.  They are very pleased with the selection.

"It's the first time I remember it.  I'm 19, so I was alive when Benedict was elected, but I don't really remember much of it.  So it was really just a neat experience to see and everything," said one.

"[There have] been no things that would be theologically problematic in the things he's said.  He's a solid guy.  He's going to stand for eternal truths, which I think is something that the church needs right now," another said.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man struck and killed by NYC subway train

    Man struck and killed by NYC subway train

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:19:38 GMT
    A man in his 60s was killed by an oncoming train in midtown Manhattan after jumping on the tracks to grab his personal belongings that fell.
    A man in his 60s was killed by an oncoming train in midtown Manhattan after jumping on the tracks to grab his personal belongings that fell.
  • Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:55:51 GMT
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
  • Family of teen shot and killed by police sues NYC

    Family of teen shot and killed by police sues NYC

    The family of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police last year sparked days of protests has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.
    The family of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police last year sparked days of protests has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices