09/28/2015 11:54 am ET Updated Sep 28, 2015

Why These Are 'Wonderful Days' To Be A Catholic Priest, Thanks To Pope Francis

There's a "freshness" to the head of the Catholic Church.

With a history of sex abuse scandals and financial corruption, the Catholic Church has faced drops in its favorability over the years. But with a charismatic Pope Francis now leading the way with a willingness to address controversial issues, these are "wonderful days" to be a Catholic priest, according to Father Mick McCarthy. 

McCarthy, the executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University, explained to HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani last week that there's a "quality" and "freshness" to Francis that embodies what it means to be a Catholic. 

"I have to say, as somebody who's gone through difficult days as a Catholic priest, these are wonderful days to be a Catholic priest because [Francis] projects an image of really what it means to be a pastor," McCarthy said. "And that's really what is most important, certainly to me, as well as to many people who are in this life."

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