Understanding Pope Francis

This is a really good talk on Pope Francis’ pastoral foundation. It explains a lot about his formation, his evangelical priorities, his vocation in Christ. I found it very illuminating as it dispelled some preconceived notions that abound in our press and our discussions.
Above all it is a good talk about essential Christian discipleship for anyone. It is well worth the time.


Just wanted to bump this. It really is an eye opener on P Francis way of doing things.

I needed to listen to this. Fr. Spitzer is always worth listening to. This clears up what the Holy Father does not clear up - for a specific reason. He can be polarizing.

Many here think that he is climbing over the fence: progressives tout that while conservatives disdain it. As Fr. Spitzer so aptly explains, it is neither.

Christ: the cause of murmuring. Pope Francis: likewise.

Only time - perhaps beyond our lifetime - will reveal the brilliance of his technique.


Thank you for reminding me of this video. I haven’t watched it in a long while, and had forgotten about it.

Fr. Spitzer offers us one of the best if not the best explanations of Pope Francis and his way of thinking. Pope Francis is a Jesuit. A Jesuit’s Jesuit. But above all, he is faithful to the church as he has said time and again.


Perhaps I am dense, but I don’t get your point.

Fr Spitzer is a very brilliant mind. We are blessed to have him. As a scientist myself, I appreciate his talks on faith and science. Very brilliant. He is the only person so far I have heard who has been able to articulate correctly Pope Francis’ style.

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I’ve recognised a similar thing to what has happened to me through Pope Francis, in a lot of Catholics 6 Years on. That is his gift of evangelising by osmosis. I am a different Catholic to what I was 6 years ago and it’s happened simply by accepting Pope Francis as my spiritual Papa just the same way that we accept all our Popes. It’s thrilling to experience this metanoia with other western Catholics who are also aware of it.


I too. Pope Francis drew my attention to the peripheries (i.e. poor, suffering, misunderstood, judged, outcasts…etc). Its not like I was indifferent to people in the peripheries before, but he somehow made me to not only think about these people, but also try to put myself in their shoes, feel their frustrations of being ignored etc and most importantly, think of how Jesus would have behaved had He been living in this era of ours.


I don’t think the Holy Father is perfect. Some of his words and actions (or lack thereof) have truly made me scratch my head. Yet, he is the Pope. Some of the attacks we see on him in “conservative” Catholic or traditionalist circles (certain blogs come to mind - and even this forum to a lesser extent) deeply disturb me… to sit in judgment over the Bishop of Rome is spiritually dangerous to say the least.

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