Francis is the reform pope we need

Story highlights

  • Donna Brazile: We are beset with a presidential campaign that is, to paraphrase Joe Biden, "sick"
  • I'm so relieved, however briefly, of a bitter, divisive campaign, and listen to a man of God, with a message of hope and change

Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and a Democratic strategist, is vice chairwoman for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. A nationally syndicated columnist, she is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and author of "Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pots in America." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) No one on Earth is without their critics. That includes Pope Francis, a man who may outpace Pope John XXIII as a Reform Pope. The latter's blessing of a helicopter in 1959 was big news, and seems almost quaint now in comparison with his successor.

It's simply impossible to outpace or out do this Pope.
    He lives in a simple room in a guest house beside the Vatican, eschewing the grandeur of the formal quarters. He instructed the Vatican to house, in the same building as himself, a Syrian refugee family.
      He fired a bishop for spending $43 million on a mansion, and created a tribunal to judge bishops who covered up abuse of children. He washed the feet of women when traditionally only men received this rite. He cradled and kissed a man horribly disfigured from a rare disorder, fearless of his illness.
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      He brought in outsiders, the Big Four international accounting firms, to clean up the scandal-wracked, too often corrupt finances of the Vatican Bank. He revolutionized attitudes toward gays by saying, "Who am I to judge?"
      Pope Francis updated century-old church rules for annulling marriages, making them easier, and less expensive. And we haven't even gotten to his effect on worldwide issues like cherishing the environment, advocating ethical capitalism, and facilitating a diplomatic breakthrough between the U.S. and Cuba.
      It's clear to billions around the world that the Pope believes that, here on Earth, justice must be done for those who labor for low wages. The overwhelming majority of Earth's peoples are struggling merely to put food on the table, to clothe and house themselves, while the bulk of the world's money, thanks to government policies, gravitate to a small, super-wealthy elite.