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A Jesuit learns to live with a Jesuit Pope

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Andrew Hamilton |  13 March 2013

Pope Francis'What's it like to get a Jesuit pope?' A hard question to wake up to, but I have got used to it during the day.

I must say that I hadn't thought of the new Pope in Jesuit terms. I was glad we had a new Pope, felt the sense of hope and possibility that seems to accompany any such changes, and felt sympathy and benevolence for Cardinal Bergoglio in the demanding responsibilities he had assumed.

But of course then I began to recognise in myself the quirky responses that had quickly to be censored. The partisan reaction, for example. A Jesuit pope, great. Just like a Demons player winning the Brownlow. Eat your hearts out, Magpies ... Franciscans and Dominicans! Look who won the big one.

Censored, too, was the self-congratulatory thought that the new Pope is one of us and will understand our Jesuit ways. And that the Church, of course, will benefit immeasurably from his Jesuit training.

That satisfying reflection was immediately followed by a touch of anxiety that I was also reluctant to share. 'Perhaps he will understand our Jesuit ways all too well,' I thought. 'He will recognise some of the slovenly habits we Jesuits have picked up and send us to reform school.'

By this time people had begun congratulating me on the first Jesuit pope, and sharing our satisfaction that now we had our man in the Vatican. I was mildly irritated. 'Don't they know that when Jesuits become bishops, still less the Bishop of Rome, they do not live under the Jesuit rule? The Pope owes the Jesuits nothing, but the Jesuits owe the Pope respect and obedience in accepting jobs he gives us. He is not our man in Rome.

'And don't they know that Ignatius, the Jesuits' founder, was strongly opposed to Jesuits accepting ecclesiastical dignities, especially becoming bishops and cardinals? He saw it as incompatible with the kind of service to which Jesuits were called. Of course, the good of the universal church sometimes trumps the good of the Jesuit order, so there have been many Jesuit bishops and cardinals. But this is more a cause for grief than for congratulation.'

So I thought to myself with increasing passion. But there was no reason why people should know any of these things, so I accepted the congratulations cheerfully. Congratulations are a way of sharing the hope and cheer that comes with a new pope and of finding connections, even through raggle taggle Jesuits.

Then I stopped to think more deeply. And began to recognise in Jorge Bergoglio things that are characteristically Jesuit. I felt some pride that we as a religious congregation had been able to nurture these gifts.

Above all there was his simplicity of life. For a cardinal to live in the burbs, cook for himself and to catch a bus to work is more than an affectation. It is a statement of intent, a definition of ministry, especially when it is combined with his consistent defence of the rights of the poor and his criticism of clericalism.

He was making a statement of what matters, and what matters to him is clearly the proclamation of the Gospel in its simplicity and strength, and particularly its proclamation to the poor. He lives what we Jesuits aspire to.

Inherent in this way of living and in his calling himself Francis is a habit of discernment, another Jesuit ideal. He is clearly in the habit of reflecting on his actions, on the world in which he is called to act, and on the Gospel, and of being ready to act decisively and surprisingly. He is a man after St Ignatius' heart.

This suggests he will be his own man in the Vatican, not bound by conventions of titles, of ceremonial or of administrative practice. The habit of asking what matters is a necessary starting point for developing forms of governance appropriate to the contemporary church and to meet the challenges posed by sexual abuse.

Finally I got back to thinking of myself, not as a Jesuit but simply as a human being, and felt sympathy for another man from whom so much will be expected and demanded, more than any man can deliver. And so I said a prayer for him that he will find consolation as well as attrition in his service as Pope. 


Andrew Hamilton headshotAndrew Hamilton is consulting editor of Eureka Street and a policy officer for Jesuit Social Services. Image of Pope Francis courtesy Claudio Celli.


 



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At least he won't want to suppress the Order, or make pushy johnpauline inquiries about its mission. But maybe too, Francis knows more about the Order than is good for any one person to know.

Dominus ac Redemptor 14 March 2013

This is a wonderful appointment, not just for the wider Church, but for the Jesuits as well. I can't think of anything that will provide a greater boost for a proud order. Whilst there are some who claim that the Jesuits have operated as a "Church within a Church", any Jesuit who has done so does not represent the authentic Jesuit. St. Ignatius emphaised so much in his Constitutions. Certainly events including the suppression from 1773-1814 and the intervention of Pope John Paul II into the appointment of the Superior General in the early 1980's have tested this notion, however the Jesuits are, and will always be Pope's men. At a time when vocations towards the Jesuit order have fallen dramatically (I understand that the Jesuits in Australia) have not had a vocation for a couple of years - I would expect that interest in the order will be reignited. AMDG Pope Francis, more is not possible

Neil De Cruz 14 March 2013

Gosh Andrew. You have the enthusiasm of a convert. I take it we can look forward to many articles supporting and upholding the authority of the Pope in these days.

DavidSt 14 March 2013

This is a nice reflection on a momentous day. It must have indeed provoked a number of emotions - a fellow Jesuit becoming Pope! I must admit that upon first reading the news I thought "They've picked someone from Argentina, so far away from Rome, he must be pretty good!" And your last sentence, Andrew, sums up neatly what many hope for the first Pope Francis.

Pam 14 March 2013

A thoughtful and outstanding article. Thank you so very much Fr Andrew.

Richard Divall 14 March 2013

Great article Andy. I wonder if women could ever experience such a partisan moment. We don't even qualify for a deacon gig let alone the papacy. Ah well we've a Prime Minister and Governor General for consolation.......

stama 14 March 2013

Andrew, all day I have listened to people telling me that they cried when Jorge was announced as Il Papa. I felt nothing. You have opened my heart to wonderful possibilities. Thank you, Trish

patricia Taylor 14 March 2013

Perhaps you are being unfair on yourself. Those of us who only know Jesuits at a (working class?) distance know your order from Daniel Berrigan and Frank Brennan and - omit names in the name of saving blushes - those involved with this magazine. We know that the Castro boys attended a Jesuit school, something which we put on the credit side; so did James Joyce, another credit, however the world may see all three. Not sure of your alumni in Australian politics, but we can let that pass. My point is that for ordinary Catholics, the fact that the Pope is a Jesuit is enormously significant, whether he is still in obedience to the order or not. We feel that decisions will be based on reason and commonsense more than on sterile tradition. So, you and your order deserve our congratulations.

Frank 14 March 2013

I think it is fantastic that the new Pope is a Jesuit coming from a culture of service within the framework of Ignatian spirituality rather than from the political ranks of European clericalism. I must say, Andrew, that it didn't occur to me to consider what this meant to the Society of Jesus. Rather, I was elated and foolishly, perhaps, emotionally moved when I thrilled with what a Jesuit might bring to the papacy. I feel that this is the turning point. This is the salvation. This is the true intervention of the spirit, crying over his creation and giving man the means to repair it on his behalf. This man will not fail. You blokes might have to open up Canisius College again. I sincerely hope so. You are now truly "the Pope's men". Or should that be "the pope is the Jesuit's man"? I don't believe that this latter will be the case.

john frawley 14 March 2013

When I started to read of this new Pope there were different things that happened. firstly though I was surprised at how deeply I connected to the eclectic Jesuit connection. You schooled me and I just felt like he is one of us...and the depth of emotion that came with that surprised me. And then I began to read about him and Andy you came to mind...something about your simple ways and commitment to social justice... I know I don't and won't agree with the Pope Francis on many things. And yet I'm filled with a hope I haven't known around the church in a long time.

john 14 March 2013

Maybe the education of the upper middle classes will now be given the attention it deserves at the heart of the life of the Church. Isn't that all the Jesuits care about anyway?

Adrian 14 March 2013

Yes Andy, Pope Francis is a man after St Ignatius' heart, a 3D heart: The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/Heart3D.png

Myra 14 March 2013

I became quite emotional when I heard the news this morning. For a person who,while still practising, had lost faith in the Institutional Church this was the best news I had heard in years.It has given me an enormous lift, thank you Holy Spirit you have come to our aid when we most needed it. I also take this opportunity to thank Andrew for all of his great service to us over the years through his Eureka Street articles.

ron 14 March 2013

A Jesuit; someone of Italian descent; a man from Latin America; someone who did not support the Junta; a man who lives in Christian poverty. It's a heady list. I hope he can shake up the ecclesiastical bureaucracy. The Church may well be centred in Rome but it does not need to be Rome-centric. It's really happening outside Rome. Christ was never in Rome. I think he will need his Jesuit education; the discipline he learnt and the bravery that typified Ignatius; Xavier; the English Jesuit martyrs and so many more. It's a bit like the recent choice of Nicholas Sampson to head Cranbrook: it's neither because he's English nor a Cambridge graduate but because he's proved himself as a Headmaster both in England and here. Francis has also proved himself in Buenos Aires. I look forward to a simpler; sparser; more genuinely committed and effective Church. God bless and guide him!

Edward F 14 March 2013

Why,John,a pre-emptive response to our new Pope?
(Interesting, too, will be the response of those who routinely blame contemporary Jesuits for all the Church's ills).

John 14 March 2013

From out here A Jesuit called Francis looks like they seriously want to try and fix things.

ROSE DRAKE 14 March 2013

The new pope is a Jesuit who takes the name Francis - Papa Ganganelli looking down on him from heaven must suspect him of wry whimsicality.

Leander Gonzaga 14 March 2013

A good and humourous article, thanks Andrew.One can imagine the mixed feelings you and your fellow Jesuits are experiencing as you mull over what this first Jesuit pope might mean for you and the Church. We others are wondering, too.
Such a fascinating mix, Jesuit and Franciscan!
Back in the pre-Vatican II 1950s the Newman Society of Victoria published a booklet of songs, sacred and profane, on various issues in the Church.
This one the Jesuits was sung with gusto.

Intriguing Jesuits bold yet wary
and of the Shop we take good care
When student leaders with us vary
we subtly get them in our snare
When arguments don't bring conviction
our purses make them see our way
We buy their votes (rep.)
we show them we're the bold S.Js.

When undergraduates lead a sinful life
and never come along to church
we think it better to avoid the strife
and so we leave them in the lurch
But when collection money's failing
we point the error of their ways
We get'em in (rep)
we show them we're the bold S.Js.

Jan Coleman 14 March 2013

I so enjoyed these thoughtful, honest reflections - thanks for sharing them! There is a sense that there really could be a new beginning right now.

Michelle Coram 14 March 2013

What cheers me, Andrew, is the tremendous endorsement of Pedro Arrupe's vision of the Society and of the Church that his election implies. John Paul 2, such a thorn in Arrupe's side, must have turned the other way in his grave.

Joe Castley 14 March 2013

Indeed, Jesuits are not supposed to accept ecclesiastical duties.

Uriel Quilinguing 14 March 2013

The first Jesuit Pope so we have the first black and white pope. Although the appropriation of the name "the black Pope" used to be for the Master of the Jesuits., but surely a Pope trumps a Master of the Order. All the commentary makes one optimistic for the first time in some years.

Joan Winter OP 14 March 2013

The eruption of ultramontanism is an unprecedented tone for "Eureka Street" and its commentators. How can that be? Not because the pope is now a Jesuit, surely? Before the plaster-caste statue of Pope Francis I becomes too set in the mind of the ES community, it might be useful to remember the questions about Berdoglio's compromises with the Videla military dictatorship in Argentina in the late 1970s and early 1980s and, more recently, his denunciations of women's reproductive health intiatives and marriage equality.

Cristoforo del Nero 14 March 2013

A lot of the first reaction in the States too was a weird dash of hope -- he rides the bus! he sold the mansion! he took the name Francis! he speaks Spanish! he actually cares about pooe people and has actually done stuff to help them rather than just issue chatter about the idea! -- but then a sigh, and not a sigh about conservative social ideas, or whatever role he played with a murderous government, or that he may be older than we might dream of a pope who would open the windows and throw out the corrupt and welcome women and shove the church toward being the revolutionary thing it is at its best -- no, it's more a sigh for the poor man, suddenly tasked with a herculean project. Your heart goes out to the guy. He's sitting there an Argentine, and then suddenly he can never go home again, and has to wear red shoes, and he's got the mother of all messes to clean up. You can't help but mutter a prayer for the poor man, and wish him the best.

Brian Doyle 15 March 2013

The Catholic Church is very much alive and vibrant. How surprising, an Italian Pope who is also of the New World. thank you

Henry McGee 15 March 2013

A lot of posters seem to be anticipating a bright new beginning with the new pope. I have some news for them. According to wikipedia, the new pope is a staunch defender of the Church's line on homosexuality. He says that same sex attracted people must be treated with respect but he is implacably opposed to homosexual acts. He was a noted opponent of gay marriage laws in Argentina. I do not speak or read Spanish, but one link to a Spanish site had the following headline, "Para Bergoglio, la ley de matrimonio gay es 'una movida del Diablo'" Google translate has that as "gay marriage law is a move of the Devil." Eureka Street is well known for its support of the Church changing its stance on homosexuality. I don't think it will be long before the rose-coloured glasses come off and many of the regulars here, whilst admiring the pope's stance on economic issues, will see him as simply another arch-conservative.

MJ 15 March 2013

MJ, I am curious about your comment "Eureka Street is well known for its support of the Church changing its stance on homosexuality." I am not sure that Eureka Street has a position on this, having published material for and against the Church's teachings and gay marriage. If you look at Pope Francis' record on his treatment towards our same sex attracted brothers, you will also note that Pope Francis humbled himself in a sense of deep servitude towards young dying homsexual AIDS patients when he washed their feet at an AIDS hospice in 2001. His love for them is undeniable and it is exactly the kind of love Jesus would have shown. I am a regular reader of Eureka Street and I don't see Pope Francis as a liberal or a conservative, simply an authentically Christ-like figure in every sense of the word. Thanks Neil

NEIL 15 March 2013

MJ - It is not hypocrisy for a priest, to follow the teachings of his Church. I think it is hypocrisy for him to do otherwise.... 'Perhaps he will understand our Jesuit ways all too well,' I thought. 'He will recognise some of the habits we Jesuits have picked up and send us to reform school.' Andrew Hamilton SJ

Mark 15 March 2013

In his first homily as Pope, Francis says: "When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil." Mentioning the devil in his first homily is a promising start. The Two Standards. Very Ignatian. It grounds a response to Neil's comment above:"I am not sure that Eureka Street has a position on this,(homosexuality - ie, performing homosexual sex) having published material for and against the Church's teachings and gay marriage." Neil, not to have a position is to have a position on this matter - a stance against the Church, which has from the beginning made Her position abundantly clear. "He who is not with me is against me"... and with someone else. On the downside, Pope Francis' liturgical sense is also, alas, very Jesuitical...

HH 15 March 2013

Can there be at least one article/issue in ES that doesn't end in a debate on homosexuality, ladies and gentlemen?

AURELIUS 15 March 2013

For some time I have worried that the direction the church has been taking has been so constipated and retrogressive as to be to some extent a denial of The Spirit in the world. With Andrew Hamilton, I pray for Pope Francis. My prayer, however, is that the best of the fresh air and openness that breathed through the church immediately after Vatican 2 and Pope John xxiii may be resurrected and that sense of mission and excitement that accompanied it will be rekindled.

Jim Slingsby 15 March 2013

Dear Neil, I am not arguing about whether the pope is a nice guy or whether he is a very compassionate man. It seems plainly obvious that he is. However, during all that time I have been reading Eureka Street, I have not once seen an article that has come out in full and unambiguous support for the Church's teachings on homosexuality. However, articles of the "I-beg-to-differ" variety on this subject are legion. Just do a search on the Eureka Street site itself. If I have missed articles promoting the Church's position, then my mistake. I can do little but restate what I wrote in my first post. There are posters here who are welcoming the new pope as someone who will bring in much needed change. However, he may not be bringing in change into all the areas of traditional Church teaching that they hope for.

MJ 15 March 2013

Thank you, Andrew, for sharing your personal reaction to the election of a Jesuit Cardinal from Argentina to the office of Pope of the Catholic Church. Inevitably your thoughts and sentiments have become a source of inspiration and consolation for some; for a few they have become a source of irritation and disappointment. There are various spiritualities in Christianity. Those people who have studied and tried to practise Ignatian spirituality, not only as members of the Society of Jesus but also as Jesuit students and Jesuit lay supporters, will have some idea of the spiritual framework within which Pope Francis will operate. Not every Jesuit is the same. Nor is every Jesuit a perfect exemplar of the Ignatian ideal. Their love of God/Jesus/The Blessed Trinity ought to express itself in deeds rather than in words. They are to be prepared to embrace the highest spiritual poverty,and should God be pleased thereby even actual poverty. From what I have seen and read so far about Cardinal Jorge Borgoglio, his deeds speak louder than words. He appears to have accepted actual poverty. My prayer is that the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignaius prove to be a good training regime for a man who has been given the most onerous and religiously important job in the world. So be it.

Uncle Pat 15 March 2013

You forgot the Ignatian "Sentire Cum Ecclesia" that characterised Cardinal Bergoglio's unflinching support of church tradition re homosexuality;gay marriages;gay adoption;abortion;contraception and euthanasia. His unflinching orthodoxy resonates with earlier Jesuit martyr-heralds of the Catholic Faith: Saint Isaac Jogues, after thirteen months' imprisonment by the Mohawks, had several fingers cut off of his hand. He went back to Europe, but returned again to North America and was killed by tomahawk blows at Ossernenon, now called Auriesville, in New York State. Saint John de Brebeuf declared before he died, "I have a strong desire to suffer for Jesus Christ." He was tortured terribly, and a burning torch was put into his mouth, which strangled him. Saint Rene Goupil, thirty-five, was the youngest of the martyrs, and cried "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!" as he died. Saint Noel Chabanel was thirty-six, and Saint Isaac Jogues and Saint Gabriel Lalemant were thirty-nine. The oldest of the eight North American martyrs, Saint John de Brebeuf, was fifty-six when the Indians killed him.

Father John George 15 March 2013

So pleased to read that, thanks Andy.

Angela Gash 15 March 2013

When I heard that the new pope truly follows the Spirit of Christ, as demonstrated in his lifestyle and his actions, I felt a surge of great hope. I will pray for him, and that he will achieve a renewal of the church.

Frank S 15 March 2013

Thanks Andrew & All , I was away from this machine & while solely caring for a remote cattle station& had to rely on ABC radio to transmit the news .Yes I too wept with joy as I have mourned the absence of this 'alter Christi ' since the last conclave when Ratzinger was too intoxicated by the power of being de facto Pope for so long to allow this to happen .I love you Jesuits ,especially those I covertly claim as friend while my spirituality would be more decidedly Franciscan.I often proclaim 'the SJ's make a 32 day retreat to seek the guidance of what to do & when to do it while Francis got in & did it & if it fell over he tried again . Many of us breeding livestock engage in crossbreeding to merge the positive attributes of both breeds + some hybrid vigour .Well I feel we have here a perfect first cross of the Ignatian & Franciscan ? Regards John

john kersh 16 March 2013

A Jewish friend of mine sometimes jokes that the true definition of a Jew is a person who is permanently obsessed about what it means to be a Jew. I find a similar fixation on personal identity amongst Jesuits. The definition, not without some humour attached, would go: A true Jesuit is a person who is permanently obsessed about what it means to be a Jesuit. Andrew has taken time out to express the psychological leaps and bounds that occur when confronted, not for the first time, with a chosen personal identity. He has made a better attempt than many others at trying to explain this from the inside. As one not of the Order, I can observe though that Pope Francis has done something that most Jesuits have taken as not a likelihood, a Jesuit has been made Pope. This in itself has overturned one of the Jesuits’ long held cherished ideas, such a thing would never happen. No wonder there is a bit of identity analysis going on. The Holy Spirit at work, one could argue.

DOMINUS AC REDEMPTOR 16 March 2013

I share with some relief the change of the guard. As a Catholic of another tradition I look on from the outside and weep at the carnage that has been wrought on our Roman sisters and brothers. May God's voice be heard above the euphoria and may Francis hear the still small voice of God above the din of Roman traffic.

graham patison 17 March 2013

Ross: I'd hazard that he would have been pleased with Pope Francis' elevation? Here's another 'link'...Whilst in Trieste, one entertainment which cost Joyce nothing was to attend places of worship. As the main port of the mighty Austro-Hungarian empire, Trieste embraced a polyglot melange of cultures. One of Joyce's favourites was the Greek-Orthodox church of San Nicolò with its twin towers facing the sea, where the mysterious rituals behind the curtain intrigued him. Many of his most loyal friends and students were from the Jewish community, which was wealthy enough in 1912 to open a synagogue built on a lavish scale on Via San Francesco d'Assisi...Did anyone say St Francis of Assisi?....After being seriously wounded in the Battle of Pamplona in 1521, Ignatius of Loyola underwent a spiritual conversion while in recovery. De Vita Christi by Ludolph of Saxony inspired Loyola to abandon his previous military life and devote himself to labour for God, following the example of spiritual leaders such as Francis of Assisi...Make of it what you will.

Game Theory 17 March 2013

Frank - Australian political Jesuit alumni include Tony Abbot, Joe Hockey & Barnaby Joyce... A far cry from James Joyce! Dan & Phil Berrigan, John Dear, Matteo Ricci, Tony De Mello, William Johnston... just a few of the many good men to live the Ignatian way.

Damien 18 March 2013

I think some people are over-playing the new Pope's being of Italian descent. He was born in Argentina! Italian heritage is quite common in Argentina, just as many Australians have European connections - but Argentinians, just as we Australians - have a very unique identity that doesn't rely on Europe. But just a thought - and correct me if I'm wrong - I've only visited Argentina very briefly - but I get the impression Argentines do lean towards their Europeaness more than we do in Oz, although Americans might beg to differ.

AURELIUS 18 March 2013

While commentators wildly paint pope Francis as a liberal, I am reminded of the radical/liberalmythology swirling around 19th century then early elected Pius IX-[he later promulgated the syllabus of errors and papal infallibility]! Already while progressive media is ecstatic at Pope Francis innovative posturing, The Australian notes: "Bergoglio is decidedly conservative. He opposes civil unions for gay couples, and strongly defends the church's prohibition of abortion and its ban on women priests. He is considered a misogynist, with views on women's role in society identical to those propagated by the church in the Middle Ages."

father john george 18 March 2013

I wouldn't pay too much heed to an editorial opinion in The Australian. The newspaper is already a relic of the past and is merely a reactionary rag. News Ltd's future is in the digital media - not newspapers or even online newspapers. The readership/circulation of The Australian is miniscule. And by the way - it's bad journalism - "He is considered a misogynist". Rule one of journalism - always write in active voice (Who considers him a misogynist? The editorial writer of The Australian of course - anonymous - could be Richard Dawkins for all we know.

AURELIUS 18 March 2013

Aurelius,The Australian reference to Pope Francis doctrinal orthodoxy is certainly not from your Richard Dawkins but directly from 'Project Syndicate' by Argentinian editor Roberto Quareschi: http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/a-latin-american-pope-s-influence-at-home-by-roberto-guareschi-the direct citation re Pope Francis' solid orthodoxy, is found in the body of the article! Re your "miniscule circulation" scruples: 'Syndicates' readership is impressive: in 59 languages; 154 countries; 492 newspapers[member papers]; 78,995,804,circulation.

Father John George 19 March 2013

Francis is a progressive Pope. Of that there can be little doubt. The corruption in things is not only the best argument for being progressive, it is also the only argument against being conservative. The corruption of the Church is not only the best argument for wanting a progressive Pope; it is also the only argument against wanting a conservative Pope. A conservative Pope would really leave things alone and therefore leave them as they are, thus leaving the Church to a torrent of change. As the writer GK Chesterton observed; "If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post. If you particularly want it to be white you must be always painting it again; that is, you must be always having a revolution. Briefly, if you want the old white post you must have a new white post".

DavidSt 19 March 2013

Remember pope Francis was influenced as a fierce member of peronist youth aligned with Mussolini fascism with positive points of collaboration of worker and employer[syndicalism] far removed from capitalism or communism or class warfare]with strong nationalist commitment. This unconventional Mussolini got out among the poor workers; upholding trade unionism within nationalism http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_CijcaA9yq58/TKHU418Qe-I/AAAAAAAAHas/6-9lEjZOP3s/s400/July+25+%28mussolini%29.jpg [but dealt firmly with dissent] I await pope francis' new curia: [Fascism was totally opposed to homosexuality and upheld traditional family role of women. Forget women priests!]

Father John George 20 March 2013

I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

glue removal 21 March 2013

Some of Francis' strongest criticism towards Ms Kirchner's government came last year, when he questioned, according to Argentine media, the "destruction of dignified labour and the lack of future" that is seen in a "contemporary society" where "material and moral misery are commonplace." Perhaps that does make him a Peronist pontiff. What is certain is that he is a humble, kind and simple old school Jesuit who worked in slums and has an aversion for luxury.

DavidSt 22 March 2013

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