Friday, March 15, 2013

A Franciscan Jesuit?

Mathew Schmalz, in the WaPo of all places, reminds us that "Jesuit and Franciscan spiritualities converge on the person of Jesus Christ" — A Franciscan Jesuit for pope. Suggesting that "Pope Francis will bring a Jesuit intellectualism into the papacy [and] by choosing the name Francis, he is also affirming the power of humility and simplicity," the author contends, "Pope Francis, the Argentine Jesuit, is not simply attesting to the complementarity of the Ignatian and Franciscan paths. He is pointing to how the mind and heart meet in the love of Jesus Christ."

Some humor along these lines — Jesuit Jokes. My favorite: "A man walked up to a Franciscan and a Jesuit and asked, 'How many novenas would I have to do in order to get a Maserati?' The Franciscan asked, 'What's a Maserati?' The Jesuit asked, 'What's a novena?'"

Some local coverage — Many hopes pinned on papal selection. "I'm hopeful that because he is a Jesuit, it will be very helpful for him not to be caught up in the trappings of the big office," said one local priest. "It'll keep him close to the earth and close to people, and that's going to be a great asset.

Insider Sandro Magister with some background — The First Pope Named Francis — and the first homily — "When we walk without the cross…"

Finally, the The LRC Blog's Ryan W. McMaken notes that not all will be happy — New Pope Likely to Disappoint the War Party. "The new Pope, Francis, may shape up to be a Neocon nightmare."

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Blogger J.K. Baltzersen said...

What are your thoughts, sir, on Ms. Mercer's pondering on the reason for the resignation and the future of the Church of Rome.

And perhaps you also would have something to say about the The Mad Monarchist's expectations?

March 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Thank you, sir, for those links and your question. Ms. Mercer's thoughts are almost too frightful to contemplate, but I fear she may be right.

I understand MM's fears, but do not share them. I think this is a catholic pope, uniting Franciscan holy foolery and Jesuit intellectualism. B16's reforms of the reform will not be undone; that's the best we can hope for: our little nook within in the Church.

MM' musing at the end of his post on the pope's nationality seem off, based on media hype rather than reality. He calls him a latino (whatever that means) pope, quoting Eva Longoria, but he's an Italian citizen. The Bishop of Rome should probably be Italian. Most Argentines are not even Hispanic really.

March 17, 2013 at 12:38 AM  

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