April 3, 2015

Pope Francis

I am reading the book The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, by Austen Ivereigh.  He relates the following conversation from 2001, about 12 years before Jorge Mario Bergoglio was selected to become Pope Francis.

In a rare interview he was asked if he agreed with being classified as a conservative in doctrine but progressive in social matters.  He answered that such definitions always reduced people.  "I try not be conservative, but faithful to the Church, yet always open to dialogue."

In 2011, when he turned 75, Cardinal Bergoglio submitted his offer of resignation to the pope, as church law requires bishops to do. The letters are offered for the pope to act on at some point in the future, unless health or some other imperative requires an immediate acceptance.

Bergoglio had a ground-floor room booked in the clergy retirement home....  Asked what he planned to do there, he said he would "finish the doctoral thesis I never completed, share the home with the other priests, work in Flores.  Of course," he added, "you never know what role God is preparing for you."