Moments after the papal decision, one of the first tidbits that surfaces about His Holiness is his active engagement in opposing same sex marriage.
Can’t I have just one small moment of optimism, that maybe this new fellow will be a generous chap and not a bigoted asshole?
I guess not.
I had been frantically trying to finish up a small watercolor I had begun last evening, working against CNN and its breathless coverage of the gathering of Cardinals. Alas pretty Anderson Cooper beat me to the finish line.
So now, several hours after the election of Francis, I post this little daub in honor of the new pope, hoping against odds he will shy away from the Church’s traditional stance of misogyny and homophobia and instead focus on what the Church does best, honoring the poor and the forgotten.
watercolor on paper
13 by 19 inches
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Peter Paul Rubens
Norton Simon collection, Pasadena, CA