VATICAN CITY — Few people were more shocked at the choice of a Jesuit as pope than the Jesuits.

………….. VATICAN CITY — Few people were more shocked at the choice of a Jesuit as pope than the Jesuits.

………….. For us, it’s so weird; we’re used to serving the pope, not being the pope,” Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Italian Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, said in an interview last week.


Jesuits like Pope Francis work on the margins of society

To find such a humble man in the highest office, from an order with a history of tumultuous relations with the Vatican, leaves many Catholics stunned.

VATICAN CITY — Few people were more shocked at the choice of a Jesuit as pope than the Jesuits.

There had never been a Jesuit pope before Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected last week, and he was the only Jesuit among the 115 cardinals who voted in the papal conclave. (The only other one, from Indonesia, was too ill to attend.)

Pope Francis, who will be installed formally Tuesday before more than 100 heads of state and foreign delegations, including Vice President Joe Biden and what will undoubtedly be an adoring crowd, has already shown himself to be a different kind of pope.

He has a simpler, more personal style than his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, which is in part a product of his formation as a Jesuit.

So is his emphasis on the poor — and not just that priests must help the poor but that they must also live a humble life as a model. Speaking to journalists over the weekend, he called for “a poor church for the poor.”

The Jesuit order, known formally as the Society of Jesus, was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. It emphasizes intellectual acumen, educational excellence and what it calls contemplation in action — the dedication to working in the world on behalf of the church and the poor, and not withdrawing from it into a monastic or cloistered way of life.

The above is only an excerpt from an article at Los Angeles Times By Tracy Wilkinson, March 18, 2013, 6:56 p.m.

To read the full article go to,0,2104186.story

Thank you Polly for finding this article. 🙂

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3 responses to “VATICAN CITY — Few people were more shocked at the choice of a Jesuit as pope than the Jesuits.”

  1. pollyann says :

    Did you listen to Tom Horn on Coast last night?? Fascinating!! A lot of it was about what the Jesuit astronomers have been watching in deep space from the observatory in AZ.

    • Salty says :

      I heard some of it, I kept nodding off! I’ll probably post it here later but I want to listen to the rest of it first. I heard the bit about the Vatican writing up something or other preparing for the alien (‘saviors'(?). Not sure if I heard that bit correctly. I’ll listen later.

      • pollyann says :

        Yes, the dogma will be alien saviors are coming. There really are aliens coming and this is how they will describe them — morally superior to us and have not Fallen like we did. Also, Tom reveals some old family info he has never disclosed before. I was going to turn my radio off last night and then when I heard Tom was going to be on for half of the show I had to listen.

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