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“Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?"

In a recent interview for the Italian journal La Civiltà Cattolica when the  Pope was asked: "Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” he replies: “I do not know what might be the most fitting description.... "I am a sinner.... this is the most accurate definition.... it is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner".

Reflecting further he adds: “Yes, perhaps I can say that I am a bit astute, that I can adapt to circumstances, but it is also true that I am a bit naïve. Yes, but the best summary, the one that comes more from the inside and I feel most true is this: I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon.”

Later he says that he does not know Rome well but has always loved to visit the Church of St. Louis of France in which he reflected on the painting of ‘The Calling of St. Matthew’ by Caravaggio. “That finger of Jesus, pointing at Matthew. That’s me. I feel like him. Like Matthew, it is the gesture of Matthew that strikes me: he holds on to his money as if to say, ‘No, not me! No, this money is mine.’ Here, this is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze. And this is what I said when they asked me if I would accept my election as pontiff .... I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I accept in a spirit of penance.”

Matthew 2


I find it strange that this pope has been made out to be the open, modern Pope. Back when I was in school, he officiated the confirmation mass for a number of my classmates - I was in the choir, not among the confirmees. He came off as a stern, threatening senior churchman of a stereotypical sort.

Which makes everything that happened since a bit of a surprise...