Thursday, May 16, 2013

Picking A Pope

Plenty of ink tells how Pope Francis was selected to lead the Catholic Church.

The Argentine's four-minute speech in Italian to the General Congregation on March 7 won the cardinals over. 

The inner life needed to steer to issues of poverty and injustice. 

Authenticity mattered, and, Cardinal Bergoglio's proved that.

Before that, others stacked the deck to fill the role of Pope.

Conversations and dinners in small groups convinced the cardinals to elect Francis.

An outsider would work best to deal with the elephant in the living room amid a fortress mentality called for by other contenders who wanted to hunker down.

Francis wanted to reach out to the people of God.

And, he is.

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