I am not going to go back into the flock of the Catholic Church anytime soon. I know that. However, Pope Francis does continue to intrigue me.
Who Is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.I ask Pope Francis point-blank: “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” He stares at me in silence. I ask him if I may ask him this question. He nods and 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.”The pope continues to reflect and concentrate, as if he did not expect this question, as if he were forced to reflect further. “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.” And he repeats: “I am one who is looked upon by the Lord. I always felt my motto, Miserando atque Eligendo [By Having Mercy and by Choosing Him], was very true for me.”
- Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: Pope Francis Moves Church Beyond Gays and Abortion — To People (huffingtonpost.com)
- Pope Francis: The Church Can’t ‘Interfere’ With Gay People’s Lives (hollywoodlife.com)
- Pope Francis: Church can’t ‘interfere’ with gays (religion.blogs.cnn.com)