Skip to comments.Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected Pope Francis
Posted on 03/13/2013 12:29:03 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ (born December 17, 1936) is the current pope of the Roman Catholic Church, elected on March 13, 2013, and taking the regnal name of Francis I. Prior to his election, he served as an Argentine cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He has served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. He was elevated to Pope in March 2013.
Jorge Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of an Italian railway worker and his wife. After studying at the seminary in Villa Devoto, he entered the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1958. Bergoglio obtained a licentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel, and then taught literature and psychology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada in Santa Fe, and the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 13, 1969, by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. He attended the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, a seminary in San Miguel. Bergoglio attained the position of novice master there and became professor of theology.
Impressed with his leadership skills, the Society of Jesus promoted Bergoglio and he served as provincial for Argentina from 1973 to 1979. He was transferred in 1980 to become the rector of the seminary in San Miguel where had had studied. He served in that capacity until 1986. He completed his doctoral dissertation in Germany and returned to his homeland to serve as confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.
Virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel.
CNN says he stepped down as Archbishop of Buenos Aires last year due to his age.
My first thought was perhaps Francis of Assisi but you could very well be correct.
YES, who loves animals!
“Nostradamus did not get it right.”
Second worst apocalyptic prediction ever. First the Maya and now Nostradamus. Its been a rough year for the end of the world.
RE: It is custom to translate the Popes name to the language of any particular country.
Well in Latin America, he’d be known as Papa Francisco.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but, he turned 76 this past December. I agree. Is there any particular reason they keep electing to the office of Pope men who are on the downside of their lives???
Probably the same reason we keep electing them to the Senate. :)
That puts a new spin on the, “Is the Pope Catholic?” joke. I went to a Jesuit school, and they made it clear, they are not Catholic, they are Jesuit. And most didn’t believe in God.
And there’s no Church discipline, why?
I just know they tend to be more academic...”
Actually the Jesuits have been kicked out of more countries than you can shake a stick at.
They tend to also be explores and highly political missionaries. The order was founded by a soldier.
Sort of think Mohammad, but Christian. They were known in many circles as the Pope's soldiers and did his dirty work.
The Dominicans and the Jesuits were at the center of the Spanish Inquisition, with the Jesuits being pretty infamous for what they did.
They run and teach at many universities around the world. Some would say in an effort to influence the elite of those countries and shape their policies.
Again, this should be interesting.
Generally means open to all things politically liberal to help the oppressed. I hope not.
I don’t think there is a single Roman Catholic Cardinal that supports WASP Capitalism. For sure there will never be one elected Pope.
In terms of American Politics, the best we can hope for is an orthodox Catholic Pope that supports us on the “social issues”. John Paul II said he was against Godless Socialism and Godless Capitalism.
I believe you are mistaken, he just had his birthday 3/11/13.
I suspect under him they might, or else.
In 2005 a human rights lawyer sued him, alleging that as head of the Society in Argentina during the junta, he had cut loose two Jesuit priests who had promoted armed insurrection against the junta, against the position of the Society. The two priests were taken up by the authorities, but there was no mention of what happened to them.
The court dismissed the case for lack of evidence.
Just PRAY PRAY PRAY he isn’t THAT kind of Jesuit!!!
The Jesuits have a long and mixed history...
The society of Jesus orginated in Spain in the early 1500’s and were one of the driving forces behind the Inquisition, which is now regarded as a pretty dark chapter in the Catholic Church. Considering that Spain was still trying to recover from a 700 year long occupation by the Islamics, it is a little more easy to comprehend the search for and purging of “heretics”. Unfortunately, this also involved the Protetants in Central Europe in the 1500 and 1600’s. The Jesuits were a major political player in Spain and Italy during the 30 Years War and the Reformation.
They also were pretty fervent evangelists and spread the catholic faith throughout the colonies that Spain and Portugal were founding in the 1500’s. The evangelized in may other place, too (Africa, India, China). Their most positive influence was the emphasis on training priests and ministers (they started a lot of schools) and their devotion to personal piety and holiness.
His Father was Italian, can we assume his mother was also.
Doesn’t that make him an Italian Pope who was raised in Latin America?
“He considers social outreach, rather than doctrinal battles, to be the essential business of the church.”
Helping the oppressed is fine. But as you say, not through gov’t. I have relatives who are catholic who justify their extreme liberal views by “social justice”. I’d like to know where he stands on socialists governments and their aiding the cause of social justice.
Well, actually, we keep electing these idiots to Congress because THEY drew the district lines in order to protect their office from contention.
Yes. When there is a clear lack of direction, the idea is to elect elderly chairwarmers and delay the final battle until the next conclave. The selection of Angelo Roncalli, aka John 23, is a textbook example of that.
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