The Common Good

Pope Francis: A Selected Overview Of Recent Conversations

Date: October 3, 2013

Who would have thought we’d see the day when a Catholic Pope becomes a spokesperson for a new community, one we sometimes describe using the word Interfaith, one where harmony among the religions is attempted?

He chose the name Francis because of his commitment to the poor, to peace. The refreshingly candid Pope Francis offers new hope for the Catholic Church beyond the usual role of a fundamentalist authority. From the symbolic act of stooping to wash a Muslim woman’s feet to his chastisements of a culture of greed and consumerism, the Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina has captured the hopes and imagination of a troubled world since his election March 13, 2013. Let’s listen to the man speak for himself.

Early on, he made world headlines with this statement: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” (Pope Francis interview on the papal airplane, July 29, 2013).

In his Huffington Post blog of 9/26/13 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-wallis/pope-francis-we-need-you_b_3996..., Jim Wallis writes, “Even my students at Georgetown were telling me that their young friends, Christians or not, were putting Francis quotes up on their Facebook pages.”

The following quote comes from the Jesuit journal, America Magazine’s interview, http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview.

“The culture of comfort, which makes us think only of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of other people, makes us live in soap bubbles which, however lovely, are insubstantial; they offer a fleeting and empty illusion which results in indifference to others; indeed, it even leads to the globalization of indifference. In this globalized world, we have fallen into globalized indifference. We have become used to the suffering of others: it doesn’t affect me; it doesn’t concern me; it’s none of my business!”