viernes, 16 de marzo de 2018

A Very Interesting Analysis of Pope Francis’ Personality

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A Very Interesting Analysis of Pope Francis’ Personality

Sandro Magister published interesting remarks of an unnamed Italian reader which went largely unobserved. The reader points out that in his recent autobiographical remarks when talking in February to Roman diocesan priests, Francis described the period in which he was a superior as an “age of omnipotence”. The reader comments, “This reveals an affective approach to power that turns out to be problematic, to say the least.” On the contrary, the periods of his life that Francis calls “dark” are in practice those in which he had no position of power.

“Surface Charisma Proper to Unstable Personalities”

Another unnamed reader wrote to Magister that Bergoglio must be deciphered from a psychological rather than a theological point of view. Quote, “I am convinced that part of his secret lies in his family of origin, of which, on balance, we know very little and about which he himself says little and in an evasive manner.” The reader believes that Bergoglio has a strong, charismatic personality with that surface charisma proper to unstable personalities.

Bergoglio and Maciel

The reader compares Bergoglio with Marcial Maciel, the disgraced founder of the Legionaries of Christ. Quote, “Both are, were allergic to going deeper, to intellectual work. Both are, were masters of the art of dissimulation and with a special intuition in grasping the vulnerable points of interlocutors and bending them to themselves. Both with a mental energy out of the ordinary. Both implacable and vindictive towards the enemies, when these are weaker than they.”

Cardinal Sarah Attracts the Crowds

On Monday, Cardinal Robert Sarah spoke in Toronto, Canada, about silence. The talk was supposed to take place in Saint Basil’s church but had to be relocated to the Cathedral because of the large number of participants. Sarah encouraged the 1200 attendees to a limited use of communication technology and to seek the silence in order to find God. He called the liturgy the place where Christians are silent together. It seemed like he was relating to us like a pope should. The English lecture can be found on