Pope Francis #NoHolyFather

Drop your title in repentance.

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1. Drop the papal titles

Pope Francis should ban the words “Holy,” Father” and “Pope” (which comes from the word father) from all his titles for the rest of his papacy. The church can announce this on its Twitter account, @VaticanNew, using the hashtag #NoHolyFather.

2. Stop calling priests “Father”

I’m not saying every priest is an abuser. Far from it. But Francis needs to drop the title “Father” as a title for all priests because the priesthood as an institution has lost its way.

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A Roman collar on a priest, typically called “Father.” Let’s take a one-year break from that name.

3. Ged rid of the power hats

Francis is summoning senior bishops for a first-of-its-kind meeting February 21 to 24 to discuss how to prevent future abuse.

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These are the men with the red hats, symbols of authority. Source: The Vatican.

4. Ask the children for forgiveness

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It’s time to bow in repentance. Photo from Unsplash.

4. Wear sackcloth and ashes

Sackcloth is a coarse, black cloth made from goat’s hair worn in the Bible as a sign of repentance. Ashes come from burnt wood. In the Jewish tradition, they were worn on the head to symbolize the dust from which God made us.

Why you should care

This isn’t just a “scandal,” the word the church uses when the public sees its dirty laundry.

I’m a communications VP, journalist & after-50 career and life coach who writes about faith, history and finding your purpose. FiredUP50.com.

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