Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio-Our Holy Father

New Pope, Francix I001

Addendum, 3/14/13 – In answer to a question left in the com box:

I have gone back to the CRC issue #5, January ’03, from which I obtained material for this post. Due to my haste, I neglected to look and see who the author was.  It turns out that it was Brother Bruno, the Brother who started assuming responsibility for the Community in the declining years of the Abbé.  So, it must be said that the Brother wrote what he must have considered would meet with the approval of the Abbe, since the Abbé was still listed as the editor of their publications.

The title of the article reads:  “Gentle and Humble Anticipation:  Is a New Saint Pius X Coming?”  The Abbé is not quoted in any part as saying that Bergoglio would be another Pius X.  It seems obvious that the article represents the optimistic thinking of Brother Bruno; but the Abbé must not have made any objections to its publication.

In the context of the time in which it was written, recall the Abbé’s abhorrence of what he termed John Paul II’s “Wojtylian Gnosis” that somehow ALL men are already associated with Christ by virtue of being men!  In the year 2003, the Community of the CRC was already expressing hopes for a holy, zealous pope in the shoes of St. Pius X.   Brother Bruno must have seen in Bergoglio the simplicity and humble origins which we saw in that last, great, saintly Pope.

Would it really have pleased the Abbé to see the elevation of Cardinal Bergoglio to the papacy?  I apologize for my assumption in saying that he would.  He might have, but it turns out we really don’t know.  I am deleting the pertinent sentence in this post:


He is known for his austerity, and thus, probably the reason he chose the name of “Francis”.  I find it interesting that he was picked during the month of St. Joseph, and that he was elected on the 13th, the number associated with Fatima.  Furthermore, he will be installed on the Feast of St. Joseph.  That bodes well.  I am hopeful.   Considering the other possibilities, I was relieved.   I was of the opinion that the ones favored by trads, Ranjith and Burke, did not stand a chance.

The Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit, is described as being reserved, timid, and laconic and austere. The CRC of January 2003 wrote that when he was made Cardinal in 2001, Argentinians  initiated fundraising efforts to fly to Rome for the ceremonies of his receiving the red hat.  Bergoglio ordered the people to stay home and to distribute the monies to the poor. He preferred to celebrate with Lenten austerity, practically alone.    I quote from the CRC:  “He has always lived this way.  Since he was made archbishop of the Argentinian capital, the luxurious residence next to the cathedral has remained empty.  He lives in a nearby apartment, together with another bishop, old and ailing.  In the evening, he himself cooks for both of them.  He rarely drives, getting around most of the time by bus, wearing the cassock of an ordinary priest.”

Though living with simplicity and having sympathy for the poor, he rebuffs Liberation Theology.  The article continues:  “…[H]e is not the type to compromise himself for the public…instead of giving a learned homily on social justice to the people of Argentina, reduced by hunger – he told them to return to the humble teaching of the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. ‘ This,’ he explained, ‘is the way of Jesus.’…He is a Jesuit of the old school, faithful to St. Ignatius.”

For me, I find it most welcome to know that he does not like to travel, and that as archbishop and Cardinal, he only flew to Rome when summoned.

In view of his abhorrence to being in the Vatican bureaucracy, I wish I could have seen his reaction when the Cardinals selected him pope.  He is quoted as once having replied to the possibility of being appointed to an important dicastery by saying, “Please, I would die in the Curia.”  It was also said that after the death of John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger as well as Cardinal Ruini,were favorable to him as papabile, while Sodano, according to Magister, would not likely support him.  That was in 2002 and who knows how sides were aligned this time around.  But if  Bergoglio was not a “Sodano man”, than that in itself must be an indication that God has been merciful.

According to Magister, in that interview of ’02, what he found likeable and unique about Bergoglio, was that “He flees everything that resembles honours and the pursuit of a career”; that and his deep spirituality.

We do not have a traditionalist Pope, but we are getting better than what we deserve.  For that, I am grateful, and you can be sure I will be praying much for this Holy Father.

Oh, and I might add just one more thought.  In my opinion, Cardinal Bergoglio was probably selected precisely because of his inexperience with the Roman curia: the “wolves” more easily to devour him.   Just call that woman’s intuition.

This entry was posted in Conclave of 2013; Pope Francis and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio-Our Holy Father

  1. Fiat says:

    I really don’t know, and I don’t want to speculate. All we have to go on, is prophecy from approved sources, but who knows exactly how things will develop? One thing I am certain of, is that we will see the final clash between Satan and our Blessed Mother. Frankly, while I do not want to suffer, naturally – I do long for God to cleanse this world of all it’s diabolical filth, specially that which has seeped into the Vatican.

    The answer for each one of us is to comply with grace to become the “little” saints of the latter times: simple, honest, detached from things of the world, and JOYFUL.

    God bless!

  2. Martial says:

    What in your mind would be something “truly alarming” that would finally have a conciliar pope relegate Vatican II to the burn pile? The powers that be continue to be under its’ spell. I agree that we must cling to our rosaries, and gather around the TLM. I thank you for your support and prayers for Frs Rodriguez and Guarnizo both who I greatly admire. oremus pro invicem.

  3. Fiat says:


    Greetings in their most Sacred Hearts! I have posted an answer to part of your question as an addendum to the original post.

    As to how traditionalist will fare, I have to tell you that I only place my hopes in our Lady’s promises. I think that something will have to happen, something truly alarming before a Pope will relegate VII to the burn pile. Until that happens, I think we have to cling to our rosaries,the TLM-as far as we able- and continue trudging the path of our Apostolic faith come hell or high water.

    I pray most fervently for all the elect!

  4. Martial says:

    I am very grateful for your reply. I know it’s been a very exhausting day.

    I am very grateful as well for this encouraging posting as I stated to you.

    I look forward to reading a more detailed reply when time allows.

    oremus pro invicem!

  5. Fiat says:


    Like so many others I have been on the computer and watching t.v. for some time, and I am getting tired. It’s been such a long day. Truly, the eye’s of the whole world were the Catholic Church today! Please be assured of a more complete reply, probably tomorrow.

    We are nearing the chastisements long overdue. Let’s keep praying.

    Let’s all keep each other in prayer. I PRAY MOST FERVENTLY FOR THE ELECT!

  6. Fiat says:

    Thank you, Johnny. When I get the chance, I might continue on the topic, tying in some prophecy from reliable sources.

  7. Martial says:

    I appreciate this posting. I’ve read your blog before this evening. I have rather worried since the news broke. I was reading the comments on Rorate Caeli and came across the quote stating that the Abbe de Nantes chose Bergoglio has his favorite in the last conclave but I still do not know why. Do you know why? considering that he is not a traditionalist? I prayed in earnest for a traditional, Marian and holy pope. I shall pray an extra rosary a day for this pope. I just wonder how traditionalists will fare under this pontificate? in corde Jesu et Mariae,


  8. Johnny Proctor says:

    Well written, and very encouraging. Thanks for this analysis.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *