What about it? It’s a Jesuit interviewing a Jesuit for a Jesuit magazine. Do you expect me to find it to be some orthodox bulwark of the Catholic faith?
The suppression of the Jesuits first began under Pope Clement XIV in 1773. Unfortunately their suppression was lifted in 1814 by Pope Pius VII. Too bad.
We have seen the Jesuits in action over the past century. They are as political as they were at the time of their suppression. Little has changed. Now we have a Jesuit Pope. It is too soon to evaluate the performance of Pope Francis. It will take several years. However, after only a few months, I am having a rather uneasy feeling.
It seems to be all about the poor, all about his living as being a poor priest. He is our Pope, the successor to St. Peter. He needs to act like a leader. Yes, one with humility.
Living in a hotel room is not what I expect of my Pope. Neither do I want him to be living like a king. However, the papal apartment has been the residence for many Popes before Francis. It is not a kingly residence. It is the place to which we Catholics standing in St. Peter’s Square can look up and see where he is and see the lights on at night in his residence, not have to picture him in some hotel room built for use by visiting clergy.
Jesus said that the poor will always be with us. We are to love and support the poor as best we can. However, that does not mean that we emulate them.