Skip to comments.Vatican Commentator on anniversary: Pope Francis has irrevocably changed the papacy
Posted on 03/13/2014 2:09:36 PM PDT by NYer
(Vatican Radio) Thursday marks the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis. He is the first ever Pope from Latin America or as he himself jokingly remarked coming almost from the end of the world. The new Pope is also the first Jesuit Pope and the first to take the name of Francis. Over the past year, Pope Francis has won admiration and support far and wide thanks to his warmth and his obvious empathy with the poor and marginalized and he was named Time Magazines Person of the Year in 2013.
One of the worlds best-known commentators and authors on the Papacy is John Allen who is Associate Editor of the Boston Globe newspaper specializing in the Vatican and the Catholic Church. Susy Hodges spoke to him about the Pope's first year.
Listen to the first words spoken by Pope Francis after his election and the full interview with John Allen:
Asked what he believes is the most significant aspect of Pope Francis first year in office, Allen says he believes the most significant point is that hes accomplished far more than most of us could have reasonably expected both in terms of style and in terms of sustenance. Hes invigorated the Church at the grass roots level but as Allen goes on to point out, Pope Francis has also notched up some more concrete achievements. He says these include the Popes deep structural reforms such as his most recent decision to create a new Secretariat for the Economy in the Vatican to impose fiscal discipline.
But could there be too many unrealistic expectations surrounding Pope Francis and what reforms he is planning? Allen agrees that in some quarters there are over-heated and unrealistic expectations, especially concerning doctrinal issues. If there is an expectation that Pope Francis will radically change the doctrine of the Catholic Church, it is destined to be disappointed.
Allen goes on to say that in his view the fundamental change that is occurring during Francis papacy is that hes reviving the pastoral instinct. I think the cornerstone of that is that this is the Pope of mercy, a Pope who profoundly believes that mercy is the most important message that the world needs to hear from the Catholic Church at this time.
As for the most surprising aspect of Pope Francis papacy, Allen says that for him as a long-time Vatican correspondent, its the medias love affair with this Pope. He describes the Popes ability to win over the hearts and minds of the media business as nothing short of astonishing.
Asked whether he believes Pope Francis has irrevocably changed the papacy, Allen is in no doubt about that, due to many of the structural reforms the Pope is promoting that are intended to make the exercise of the papacy more collegial to make the Vatican more transparent and accountable . and to promote a new style of leadership. Because so many of these reforms are already institutionalized, Allen believes Pope Francis has fundamentally altered the way the powers of the papacy are exercised, not the content of that power, but the way it is exercised.
The biggest move, however, came last month when Francis created a new job, the Secretariat for the Economy, and handed hard-nosed Australian Cardinal George Pell full authority over the Holy See's business, administrative and personnel matters.
The goal, according to a Vatican statement, is "a more formal commitment to adopting accounting standards and generally accepted financial management and reporting practices, as well as enhanced internal controls, transparency and governance."
No kidding and it's for the worse. But who am I to judge. Just welcome the new Catholic diversity!
That tells me a lot. You can know a lot about a person by the people who admire him.
Catholicism is not a democracy.
Funny how easily so many “staunch” Catholics forget that.
Obedience means obedience.
Oh, we ain’t seen anything yet.
Pope Francis is my favorite Pope since John Paul the second! I just hope he starts kissing holy objects from other religions soon and gets caught on camera doing it, that way I can post them in debates with Papists next to the ones we already got from Paul.
This is the Pope who keeps giving me such beautiful gifts!
One “irrevocable” year in the life of 2000+ year old institution is a great example of journalistic overreach.
NOTHING is irrevocable. The next Pope can walk in, cancel everything Pope Francis did, toss all the Vatican II changes in the trash, and reinstate the Latin Mass.
From your lips to God’s ears!
I agree!! Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Pope Francis embraces man with tumors.
Pope Francis greets man with no face.
Pope Francis with quadriplegic.
Jesus with Bartimaeus the Blind Man
Jesus heals the Hemorrhaging woman.
Jesus heals the paralyzed man.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.
I can excuse Puny's ignorance, for he knows not what he does. As for the catholics, your distrust for Pope France reflects disbelief in the words of Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18).
Bzzzt. Wrong answer.
**Allen goes on to say that in his view the fundamental change that is occurring during Francis papacy is that hes reviving the pastoral instinct. I think the cornerstone of that is that this is the Pope of mercy, a Pope who profoundly believes that mercy is the most important message that the world needs to hear from the Catholic Church at this time. **
What’s to worry about here?
Those poor people have been given a false sense of hope...Francis can't do a thing for any of them...Jesus healed those people...Your pope can't do anything...To equate the two is disgusting...
But can you excuse Francis' ignorance, for he knows what he does? Or, does he?
"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!" (5/22/13)
"Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense." (10/1/13)
Just two of the many goodies we have experienced in just one year!
Almost makes one wish for a Medici.
Obviously the central theme of the PR campaign is "mercy". Try looking beyond the hype to the complete agenda.
As if the Church didn’t teach mercy before Francis. Please.
Has he spoken out yet about the Belgian child euthanasia law?
Who is Francis to judge those legislators who approved that law?
Pope Francis is simply not only following Jesus but doing what his namesake said: “preach the gospel and when possible, use words.”
God Bless Pope Francis!
Not quite. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, condemned adultery. And St Francis of Assisi, preached, with words, the True Faith to the muslims.
Francis does neither of the above, neither by words nor by example.
Jesus is the Son of God; Pope Francis is a humble mortal man.
The man thought that the Pope would speak to his aunt, who made the pilgrimage with him. He thought he would only get a cursory glance. But instead, Francis headed straight towards Riva, wrapped his arms around the mans head and pulled him in for a tight embrace. It was like nothing hed ever experienced before.
"He didn't have any fear of my illness," the 53-year-old told CNN. "He embraced me without speaking ... I quivered. I felt a great warmth." The encounter with the pontiff lasted for just over a minute, but aunt Caterina Lotta says her nephew still feels the reverberations.
God Bless Pope Francis!
I thought it was supposed to be unchanged since time began?
St Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the communist Pope.
That was the point of my post...
Gospel Mt 7:7-12
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone
when he asked for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asked for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give good things
to those who ask him.
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.”
Cardinal Pell, the hard-nosed conservative who insists Adam and Eve are myths.
I hope Pope Francis doesn't preach that to the homos.
Now that there is funny!
“That tells me a lot. You can know a lot about a person by the people who admire him”
Maybe if the sodomite would read the interview where the Pope said he was a “son of the church” and if you wanted to know the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality it’s contained in the Cathecism of the Catholic Church. Let the sodomite read it and let it sink in. Pope Francis is changing nothing about homosexuality being listed as a mental disorder and to engage in it is a sin.
Taking it out of context, eh?
Not at all.
Who are you to judge??
Tell that to Francis and his cardinals and bishops. They don't seem to get it yet.
So you want to bet me that not one word of the Catechism will be changed while Francis is Pope? I’ll will take that bet any day of the week.
JP II changed the Catechism. As a matter of fact, the publishing of it’s first edition was halted because it contained heresy. So don’t tempt me to take your money.
Then why has Francis said civil unions of same-sex couples should be taken under consideration?
How dare you imply homosexuality is a mental disorder! One of Francis' archbishops has condoned homosexuality because it is found in over 500 "natural" species".
Sounds just like Obama in 2008.
That’s not what he said. When he mentioned civil unions and having to look at different situations, he NEVER mentioned homosexual unions. They have ALWAYS been against the teachings of the Catholic Church and it’s not about to change because that is putting homosexual “unions” on the same level as marriage between man and woman. Ain’t gonna happen.
“The Pope reiterated the churchs longstanding teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, he said, We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety.
States, for instance, justify civil unions as a way to provide economic security to cohabitating couples, the Pope said in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday in Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily. State-sanctioned unions are thus driven by the need to ensure rights like access to health care, Francis added”
“JP II changed the Catechism”
Did he change anything to do with faith and morals? With marriage? With the church’s positions on homosexual unions?
The answer is no he didn’t. As a matter of fact JP2 reinforced the church’s position on homosexual unions. There is no way in the world that Pope Francis will attempt to change anything to do with faith and morals.
What happens if Pope Francis has a terrible stroke and lingers for 8 years. Does Pope Benedict XVI be Pope again or do we have three popes?
I can’t recognize Francis while one of the best popes is still alive. Benedict is one the greatest leaders in my life, an intellectual giant and on point on canon law and teaching.
Francis? Jesuits and their legendary casuistry. Talking out of both sides of the mouth, civil unions indeed.
Fundamental change, like Obama?
Are you familiar with what the Roman Catholic catechism teaches on Islam, for example?
841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."330
So, do you believe this is what your religion has always taught? And do you believe it yourself? Does the "plan of salvation" really include infidels?
Your opinion and your opinion only.
Thank-you and God Bless.