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The community Pope

Friday, 20 September, 2013

In a lengthy and fascinating interview for 16 Jesuit publications around the world, Pope Francis says Catholic leaders must find a “new balance” between their spiritual mission and their involvement in political questions, warning that if they don’t, the church’s foundation will “fall like a house of cards.” And as befits our socially mediated times, Francis goes large on “community”. Despite the many subjects covered in the interview, the liberal media reduces everything he has said to sexuality. Typical is the Irish Times: “Pope seeks ‘new balance’ on abortion, women and gays“. We need a new journalism.

“Community. I was always looking for a community. I did not see myself as a priest on my own. I need a community. And you can tell this by the fact that I am here in Santa Marta. At the time of the conclave I lived in Room 207. (The rooms were assigned by drawing lots.) This room where we are now was a guest room. I chose to live here, in Room 201, because when I took possession of the papal apartment, inside myself I distinctly heard a ‘no.’ The papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace is not luxurious. It is old, tastefully decorated and large, but not luxurious. But in the end it is like an inverted funnel. It is big and spacious, but the entrance is really tight. People can come only in dribs and drabs, and I cannot live without people. I need to live my life with others.”


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  1. Kevin says:

    War never again! Never again war!— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 2, 2013