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Pope Francis I: Itís All In the Name
CE.com ^ | March 14, 2013 | Fr. Michael P. Orsi

Posted on 03/14/2013 7:50:13 PM PDT by Salvation

Pope Francis I: It’s All In the Name

 
Fr. Michael P. Orsi

by Fr. Michael P. Orsi on March 14, 2013 ·

“Paddy Power” Dublin’s bookmakers did not even have him listed as one of the favorites.  Jorge Mario Bergoglio , now Pope Francis, is just as much a surprise as was Pope Benedict’s resignation.  It was leaked that during the Conclave that elected Benedict, Cardinal Bergoglio was also  a strong contender.  It is also reported by an  undisclosed  source that he tearfully begged his fellow Cardinals not to elect him.

Much will be said about why Bergoglio was elected.  Some will contend that it was a political move by the Cardinals because 40% of the worlds 1.2 billion Catholics live in South America.  However, it has less to do with demographics or politics than with the personality of the man himself.

Papa Bergoglio’s chosen name of Francis I is revealing of who he is and the kind of papacy that we can expect.  St. Francis is one of the world’s most beloved and famous saints because of his simplicity of life and love of the poor.  He is honored by Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  By evoking the name of the poor man of Assisi Pope Francis signals his solidarity with the poor and disenfranchised.  From all reports Bergoglio shunned luxury.  He lived in a small apartment in Buenos Aires, did his own cooking and took public transportation.  He further puts forth the importance of personal spirituality which attracted so many of St. Francis’s followers.

Francis knows that much of the corruption in the church has come from a lack of belief or in the negotiability of its central doctrines.  It is because of this turn to modernism, which judges truth by worldly criteria , that he will reinforce Catholic teaching.  He knows that doctrine and morality go hand in hand.  And, that if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God his Gospel must be obeyed.   From this, he understands  that the church’s moral teaching on social justice and on human sexuality will fall into place.

Francis I is a Jesuit scholar.  He is well acquainted with the world.  He knows the power of evil.  In his own country of Argentina he was all too familiar with corruption and even death squads to eliminate government opponents.  He knows that in Latin America and in the rest of the developing world that the Kingdom of God is not brought about by force but by love.  During his pontificate he will encourage Christians to take their faith more seriously.  He will preach by his own example and humility.

Many were expecting that a younger man would have been elected.  Francis is 76.  However, there is no doubt that the vigor sought by the Cardinals was not the strength of youth, but the power that comes from sanctity.  It is only this supernatural strength that can stem the tide of secularism.  This is a lesson that the church learned from the Middle Ages when reforming Religious Orders, like the Franciscans and Dominicans, as well as reform minded popes saved the church from heresy, immorality, and spiritual  lethargy among the clergy and laity.

Like St. Francis, this Pope’s attributes have the ability to not only reunite and invigorate a divided Church, but also to fulfill the vision of the Second Vatican Council to reunite Christians.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
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By Fr. Michael P. Orsi

Chaplain and Research Fellow at Ave Maria Law. Father Michael P. Orsi was ordained for the Diocese of Camden in 1976 and has a broad background in teaching and educational administration.


1 posted on 03/14/2013 7:50:13 PM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 03/14/2013 7:51:25 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Go Francis, rebuild my house

 on March 14, 2013 11:16 AM |
 
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"In the Church of St. Damian where he was accustomed to pray, he heard three times a voice from Heaven saying: "Go Francis, rebuild my house which is falling down." (St. Bonaventure, Legenda Maior, Chap. II) But Francis, because of that deep humility which made him think himself incapable of accomplishing any great work whatsoever, did not understand the meaning of these mysterious words. Innocent III, however, discovered their import through the miraculous vision in which Francis was shown in the act of supporting on his shoulders the Church of the Lateran which was falling to the ground. The Pope then understood clearly that the mission of St. Francis was a very special one, given to him by a most merciful God."

Pope Pius XI, Rite Expiatis
13 April 1926



3 posted on 03/14/2013 7:54:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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4 posted on 03/14/2013 7:55:10 PM PDT by narses
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To: Salvation

He is NOT Francis I. He is Pope Francis. He will not be called “Francis I” until there is a “Francis II”.


5 posted on 03/14/2013 7:57:33 PM PDT by vladimir998
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I realize that. My priest realizes that. You realize that. But the media — and this was Catholic media do not realize it.

God bless.

Sort of funny. They’ll catch on slowly, hopefully!


6 posted on 03/14/2013 8:02:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: vladimir998

Aye, just as no man is a “Sr.” until he has begat a “Junior”.


7 posted on 03/14/2013 8:03:49 PM PDT by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: Salvation

I’m watching the Franco Zeffirelli film Brother Sun Sister Moon, on the life of St. Francis. Streaming from Amazon onto my Kindle Fire. Free download for Prime members.


8 posted on 03/14/2013 8:05:30 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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"I’m watching the Franco Zeffirelli film Brother Sun Sister Moon..."

If you can find it, I can highly recommend The Flowers of St. Francis.

9 posted on 03/14/2013 8:08:03 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Salvation

Everybody seems to be assuming that the Pope, a Jesuit, took his name from St. Francis of Assisi. Why is that? Is it not at least as likely, if not much more so, that he was thinking of St. Francis Xavier?


10 posted on 03/14/2013 8:13:09 PM PDT by cothrige
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To: Salvation

May God watch over him always.


11 posted on 03/14/2013 8:14:51 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: cothrige

I lean that way too. But evidently he said something explicity about St. Francis of Assisi.


12 posted on 03/14/2013 8:46:04 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

It is NOT Francis the FIRST because only after there is a Francis the SECOND can there be a Francis the FIRST...that’s what one of the Vatican people said yesterday anyway.


13 posted on 03/14/2013 8:49:50 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Salvation
Here's an interesting tidbit I've just learned. Remember the bird sitting on the chimney of the Sistine Chapel during the conclave? Evidently, there have been a lot of comments about it, especially in the Argentine media. Well, it turns out the bird was of the silver seagull species, Latin name... Larus argentatus! ('argentum' = 'silver' in Latin.)
14 posted on 03/14/2013 8:55:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: cothrige

He told the Cardinals after his election that he was taking that name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.


15 posted on 03/14/2013 8:59:43 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Revolting cat!

Amazing fact. I wonder if anyone caught it ahead of the white smoke.


16 posted on 03/14/2013 9:07:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; EDINVA

Ah, that explains it. Thanks for the clarification.


17 posted on 03/14/2013 9:17:41 PM PDT by cothrige
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To: Salvation

He looks like Enrico Fermi.


18 posted on 03/14/2013 9:20:00 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Joe 6-pack

Read St. Francis’ sermon to the birds. It’s on the internet. One of my favorites. I’ve been to Assisi. I tell ya, birds rule in Assisi. :-)


19 posted on 03/14/2013 9:48:44 PM PDT by virgil
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To: virgil
I've read it...I selected "Francis" as my confirmation name many years ago and have read anything and everything I can get my hands on :-)

Chesterton's Saint Francis is probably my absolute favorite...

20 posted on 03/14/2013 9:52:21 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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