Skip to comments.Pope's first six months reveal a 'rich, complex' personality
Posted on 09/15/2013 5:27:06 AM PDT by NYer
.- Six months into his pontificate, Pope Francis' distinct style is beginning to take a more defined shape and is viewed by some as having a strong emphasis on the Church's maternal, merciful nature.
“I think he has a very conscious desire to show the motherly, merciful aspect of the Church which in one hand is tremendously real...and in the other hand, sometimes has been forgotten,” Latin American analyst Alejandro Bermudez reflected.
“I think that could be one of the defining characteristics of his pontificate.”
Bermudez serves as executive director for Catholic News Agency and runs several television programs for EWTN's Spanish audience. He has been a guest commentator on religious issues for the New York Times and is the Latin American correspondent for the National Catholic Register.
He is also the author of the new book “Pope Francis: Our Brother, Our Friend,” which is a collection of interviews and reflections from peers, professors and friends who were close to the pontiff before his election.
As someone who knew Pope Francis personally while he was still the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bermudez told CNA in a Sept. 12 interview that these first six months of his pontificate “have revealed how rich and complex is the personality of Pope Francis.”
“He has been able to define himself without the need of comparing him with some of his predecessors,” he said, “Francis has defined himself as Francis.”
Although much of the Pope's personality remains “in significant continuity with the man we knew as Cardinal Bergolio,” such as making personal phone calls to people he doesn't know to console, greet or encourage them, Bermudez said there have also been changes since his election to the Seat of Peter.
One of the most significant changes, according to Bermudez, has been his “energy and enthusiasm in engaging people.”
“He wasn't a man that was comfortable with crowds.”
However, after World Youth Day in Rio de Janiero earlier this summer, the pontiff is “a completely different person for good, in the sense that he is incredibly comfortable with the crowds as he was not in the past.”
Not only has Pope Francis become more accustomed to being in the spotlight that comes with being the Vicar of Christ, but he has also set an example that many from within as well as outside of the Church are edified by.
“He is a Jesuit through and through,” said Bermudez, the kind that is “one hundred percent Ignatian, meaning being faithful to the spiritual tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.”
The Jesuits were founded by St. Ignatius in 1534, and are the order most responsible for spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was revealed to St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque in the early 1600s.
The Jesuits, said Bermudez, “see the heart as the center of the human person that has to be transformed and that has to be completely renewed.”
“The transformation of the heart makes the Christian become the heart of the Catholic Church, and when the heart of the Catholic Church is transformed, the Church becomes the heart of the world, and is capable of transforming the world.”
Bermudez explained that this transformation is not something that develops in “a rigid chronological line,” meaning that once all Catholics are transformed, then the Church will transform, and only after that will the world be transformed.
Rather, the Jesuits view this process of transformation as a simultaneous process, in which “every change in the human heart reflects in the change of the Church, which will reflect in the change of the world.”
This approach was clearly seen in both the “thought and the pastoral practice” of Cardinal Bergoglio, and is something that “we see more and more clear in Pope Francis.”
“He's someone that is totally convinced that any reform in the Church begins with the transformation of the heart.”
Bermudez stated that although six months is “an interesting landmark to make an assessment,” it is still too early to define a pontificate, and that the Church will most likely see more of Pope Francis' defining characteristics after many of the significant events that will happen in October.
Among several items on his agenda for next month, the Pope is slated to meet with the eight cardinals he appointed to advise him on governing the Church and reforming the Curia. The group will hold its first meeting Oct. 1-3.
As I recall, WYD had a similar effect on Pope Benedict.
That is an excellent photo of Pope Francis. I have not yet seen one for sale that I really like.
“the Chair of St. Peter”
This has been a much-used name for the pope's authority.
However, I am glad to have given your a chuckle for the day. NEVER hurts to laugh.
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Yep, he was called “Bald” because he was very hairy. Ironic nicknames were very common in Classical times and the Middle Ages.
REALLY?! That’s hilarious! Who knew there were comedians running around as the Plague threatened Europe! I guess they all had to laugh to keep from crying then, too.
“REALLY?! Thats hilarious! Who knew there were comedians running around as the Plague threatened Europe!”
The plague wouldn’t hit Europe for another 550 years.
“I guess they all had to laugh to keep from crying then, too.”
Maybe you should read a book. If you have a government school education, it would benefit you to study rather than post about things which are apparently unfamiliar to you. Why not read the classic The Murder of Charles the Good. Charles really was, generally speaking, good so his nickname was not ironic. The translator’s name is James Bruce Ross - and James was actually a woman despite her masculine name. On March 2, 1127, while Charles was praying on his knees in church, some knights sent by a rival family murdered him. The murder shocked all of Europe.
Thank you for your advice, but I’m more into God’s Word. Everything else pales in comparison.
“Thank you for your advice, but Im more into Gods Word. Everything else pales in comparison.”
It does, that’s true. I wonder what the odds are of a person in the modern world choosing to be ignorant about something as fundamental as history but believing he will have an insight into scripture actually achieving it?
Sort of like how the Muslims think the world needs only one book.
Like "Barack the Competent."
The Bible doesn't condemn gambling so the question can be asked.
Since history books aren’t written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I would say the odds are GREAT that a person who is saved can actually read God’s Word to him/her and understand it. But I have a feeling, vlad, that you don’t understand this.
“But I have a feeling, vlad, that you dont understand this.”
Oh, I do. I also know how presumptive Protestants are about their supposed understanding scripture.
Then perhaps you can find a history book for me that explains it all. There is nothing more dependable than a man telling another man what is truth.
“There is nothing more dependable than a man telling another man what is truth.”
If someone is an anti-Catholic Protestant, then many men are more reliable about the truth than he is.