I Was Wrong and Glad I Was

March 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm 1 comment

Pope Francis I (Photo Credit: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the new pope. A seagull acted as the harbinger of good news. It sat on top of the chimney and flew away just before the white smoke emerged announcing his election. He chose the name Francis, the first pope to be called by that name.

Darn, I thought it would be Cardinal Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone. Do I have to eat my shorts now? Have mercy on me.

The election for the successor of Pope Benedict XVI didn’t last longer than I expected. I was thinking it would take at least around St. Patrick’s Day. What this means is that a front-runner among the cardinals had already been established even before the first vote was cast. It took just four more votes to get him elected.

Seriously, I was glad that I didn’t get it right. The cardinal from Argentina seems to be a better choice. As I gathered from the media, he’s a humble man. He chose to live in a one-bedroom apartment and did his own housekeeping. In addition, he cooked for himself and rode public transportation. As pope, things would certainly change. the question is, will they change the man within?

According to the St. Malachy prophecy, the successor to Pope Benedict XVI would be Petrus Romanus. He’s destined to oversee “the final persecution of the holy roman church” and “pasture his sheep in many tribulations…”

I wonder if he named himself after St. francis of Assisi who had a vision in which Christ called on him to reform the church. As it stands, the church is badly in need of repairs beset by financial and sexual abuse scandals. It has become a church that even Jesus wouldn’t recognize although it was built in his name.

It’s also interesting that St. Francis’s father was named Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone. according to his biography, St. Francis came from a wealthy family. At twenty-five, he disowned his family inheritance and privileges to serve God.

It may well be that Pope Francis I will follow in the footsteps of the humble man from Assisi and disowned Petrus (Peter) Romanus’ inheritance and privileges. but I’m afraid time’s running out even before he begins. He’s 76 with one lung. He would be lucky to survive 5 years. And less, if he becomes so obsessed with cleaning up the Roman Curia. Ensconced in the Vatican, it’s composed of people more preoccupied with power and its trappings than with serving God. They will do everything to hold on to power including murder.


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