Cardinal Bergoglio will make an interesting pope
In 2009, Cardinal Bergoglio spoke about modern slavery in Buenos Aires:
‘Therefore the Word of God says us: “Shouts with force and without fear” and I today say: “We shout with force and without fear.” No to the slavery. No to the ones considered excess. No to the youth, men and women as discardable material. It is our very flesh that is in jeopardy! It is our very flesh that is sold! The same flesh I have, that you have, is for sale! And you will not be moved [to compassion] for the flesh of your brother? “No, he is not the same as I”… He is your brother, he is your flesh.’
The question is: does this relate to any situation in Ireland or the EU today? Do the “markets” make slaves of people? If so, where is the prophetic voice?
For another side to him, you might enjoy this ten-minute video of Cardinal Bergoglio’s homily at a diocesan Mass for children in 2011. It starts with the gospel acclamation, then the gospel (healing of centurion’s servant), and then the homily.
It’s in Spanish, but even without Spanish, you can see how the children respond to him, and vice versa. Can you imagine a cardinal (or Pope) bringing Pinocchio into the homily? With a puppet to underline it?! It’s here: