Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Francis, the First Jesuit Pope

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected the new pope. So, who is the man who lead the world's Catholics? PETER MACDIARMID│CBSNews

• Pope Francis: Jesuit to the Rescue
by John Baldoni│Forbes

If you have a tough job to do, hire a Jesuit.

Is that what the College of Cardinals were thinking when they selected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the next pope? Probably not, but they might have. Bergoglio, who will go by the name Francis I, is the first Jesuit to be selected as Pontiff.

Good move. As one who was educated by the Jesuits – high school and university (Georgetown) – I am partial to this decision. Right now the Catholic Church is reeling from a multitude of destructive forces (mainly of its own doing), and so right now it needs two things desperately: management and leadership. Jesuits, by tradition, are schooled in both so Pope Francis will be up to the job.

Managers know how to get the trains to run on time; leaders know how to get people to want to ride those trains. Jesuits priests true to their heritage of their founder, Ignatius Loyola who was an officer in the Spanish army prior to founding his order know how to leverage authority by bringing people together for common purpose. Jesuits know how to tap into the powers that be for financial and political support for their endeavors but use that access to money and power to serve the needs of the poor, the disadvantaged, and the world at large.

Jesuits, unlike other priestly orders, are not simply members of the order. They are first and foremost teachers. They founded many of the free universities of Europe centuries ago mainly as a means of creating educated men for Jesuits. Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit turned investment banker notes four attributes of Jesuit leadership in his authoritative book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450 Company that Changed the World.Each is applicable to the here and now ... read more



• Francis: A pope of many firsts
by Katharine Lackey│USA Today

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named as the new pope at the Vatican on Wednesday, he kicked off a series of firsts:
  • First pontiff from the Americas
  • First South American pope, representing the largest Catholic population in the world
  • First Jesuit pope
  • First pope to pick the name Francis
  • First pope to be elected after a papal resignation (in the modern era) ... read more

• Pope Francis: 13 key facts about the new pontiff
by Guardian Staff│The Guardian

Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, lives in a small flat, takes the bus and only has one functioning lung ... read more




• Argentine Jorge Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis
by Nicole Winfield│Associated Press

Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with the humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty ... read more


• Pope Francis on gay marriage, unmarried mothers … and journalists
by Guardian Staff│The Guardian

The Argentinian pope has made strident comments about the church's problems – and has come in for some fierce criticism ... read more






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