Trailblazer – one that blazes a trail to guide others; a person who makes, does, or discovers something new and makes it acceptable or popular
At this point, I think it’s irrefutable that Pope Francis, the newest elected Pope for the Vatican, clearly defines this word.
As stated on the Talking Points Memo website, June 14, 2013:
“In a way, Pope Francis is a progressive’s dream-come-true — a devout figure with enormous credibility among conservatives and Christians, who has used his megaphone to speak out against greed, consumerism and economic policies that alienate the poor and vulnerable.
The quote him saying: things like:
I think about those who are unemployed often because of an economic conception of society that seeks egoistic profit regardless of social justice…
The Pope has the duty, in Christ’s name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them…The Pope appeals for disinterested solidarity and for a return to person-centred ethics in the world of finance and economics.
They point out that:
“It’s a delightful change for liberals accustomed to a Catholic Church that has for the last generation focused its preachings on social conservatism, which inspired many American conservatives as they fought against abortion and gay rights.”
In his latest act of autonomy, he pivots when walking towards the confession booth to hear out others confessing their sins, and for the first time apparently ever for a Pope, kneels before an ‘ordinary’ Pope to confess his sins. Then goes on to the remainder of his time here other’s confessions.
For a similar blog I posted last, May 24,2013, click here