Pope Francis’ autobiography: His Life in His own Words
As we all continue the struggle to understand what this Pope is saying and why, it is useful to visit his writings which pre-date his papacy.
In 2010, three years before he was elected Pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) published a short-form of his autobiography, in the format of an interview with two Argentinian journalists, Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti. The book was re-issued in 2013 after Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope, under the title, “Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words”.1
I encourage you to read the book. Amazon web link is below, if you are interested.1
The book is chock-a-block with revelations into this man’s psyche, beliefs, moral norms, and objectives. Remember, this book was published three years before he was elected Pope.
Here are a few verbatim excerpts. They are not only revelatory, they are foreshadowings of the Bergoglian Papal teachings now on the record (e.g. Amoris Laetitia Chapter 8). It will become obvious as you move through this book that this Pope’s novel teachings distantly pre-date his papacy. They did not suddenly strike him on the night of his 2013 election. He was who he is for many decades prior to being elected Pope.
1Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words
“We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in the finding of it.” - Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle
"Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It's up to YOU, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and your religious act like religious." — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, speaking to the Knights of Columbus, June 1972.
"In accord with the knowledge, competence, and preeminence which they possess, [lay people] have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard to the integrity of faith and morals and reverence toward their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons." - Catholic Catechism #907 and Code of Canon Law, Can. 212 #3
“If the faith is endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.” -Aquinas, Summa Theologiae: Fraternal Correction (Secunda Secundae Partis, Q. 33)
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, he is, by that preaching, condemned.” St. Paul, Galatians 1:8